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10 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes That Will Keep You Warm This Winter

10 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes That Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Imagine the scenario: cold winter evening, the wind blows, snow slowly starts falling, and you’re in your favorite chair, getting ready to watch your favorite show on TV and prepare yourself a hot chocolate.

What a lovely sight, huh?

Today we are giving you ten delicious hot chocolates that will keep you warm this winter; you’ll have new variations to try and recipes you haven’t tried before. We’re sure you’ll have some warm winters now.

Let’s dive in.

1. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate recipe with coconut

    Coconut blends with chocolate so well! This combination is very easy to prepare, as you need three kinds of milk (that’s where the “Tres Leches” comes from) to mix with cocoa powder. The coconut milk reduces sweet cravings and provides a nice energy boost, which makes it a healthy enrichment of your regular hot chocolate recipe.

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    The foam is rich, decorate it with melted chocolate and enjoy.

    2. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

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      This might sound like an awkward combination, but the results will surprise you. This beverage might become your favorite one. And it can’t be more simple: add red wine into the chocolate and milk mix. Red wine is healthy for your heart and bones, which is just one more reason to add it to the hot chocolate and enjoy.

      3. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

      hot cocoa with gingerbread and marshmallows

        Christmas is coming – and what treats remind us of Christmas better than gingerbread cookies?

        When you combine the crunchy gingerbread cookies with hot chocolate, you can create holiday-decorated pieces that look and taste beautiful. Adding marshmallows or whipped cream enriches the pleasant experience. Don’t worry if it sounds too sweet – ginger lowers blood sugar.

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        4. Cheesecake Hot Chocolate

        cheesecake hot chocolate

          The cream cheese is added to the hot chocolate. This is simple, yet truly tasty. This is the recipe that both cheesecake lovers and hot chocolate lovers will fall in love with. Cheese contains protein, and it’s good for people with high blood pressure. When you’re enjoying this delight, make sure you’re using a room-temperature cream cheese, to ensure the perfect blending.

          5. Mexican Hot Chocolate

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            Hot chocolate + chili powder = some really hot chocolate. This unique mix will bite your tongue and make the sweetness even better. It’s an extraordinary mix, definitely worth trying. And when we mention that chili fights inflammation, relieves pain, and helps cardiovascular health you simply don’t have any more excuses not to try this recipe.

            6. Candy Cane Cocoa

            Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

              Candy canes remind us of warm beverages, sweet flavors and happy times with our families. The slow cooker is the tool of the trade here – the mixture of cocoa, milk, water, and bittersweet chocolate will taste great. With the taste of caramelized sugar melting, your warm evening by the fireplace is complete.

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              Share a candy cane with your loved one, and enjoy the evening together. Some like it melted, or crumbled on top of the beverage to enrich the taste and the experience – there are many possibilities.

              7. Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate

              orange pisco hot chocolate

                The chocolate and orange mix is among most important discoveries of the 20th century. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this combination, you should do that. The orange pisco is full of fibers and vitamins, and it fights cancer, kidney disease, and infection.

                As the marshmallows are the most common addition to the hot chocolate, they are most welcome in this combination, to add to that structure and beautiful feeling in the mouth when you’re consuming this treat. Mix the cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, milk and water, add whipped cream and then garnish it with orange pisco. Yummy!

                8. Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

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                  Vegan treats have proven that they are delicious hundreds of times before. Here we have another example of a vegan treat tasting delicious. The benefits of the vegan nutrition are known worldwide, and the health benefits of this drink are numerous. This main ingredient of this treat is almond milk, which is very healthy. Add the cinnamon to the mix and you have a healthy treat that you should drink every day. The “secret” addition is chai spice.

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                  9. Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe

                  aztec hot chocolate

                    Cinnamon, chocolate pieces, chili, and espresso. That is the combination that will wake you up in an instant. The beautiful taste is reached after 4 hours of cooking in a slow cooker, an excellent tool for making delicious meals. Adding the espresso into the mix makes the Mexican recipe better and provides a surge of energy. You can vary the mixture of ingredients and their quantities (eg. the espresso – chili ratio) depending on your taste.

                    10. Ginger Hot Chocolate

                    ginger hot chocolate

                      Our last recipe for today is the all-time classic. The ginger candy is an addictive, potent and tasty treat that people might get hooked on quickly. Adding it (or the ground ginger, or even mixture of both) to the favorite blend of cocoa, milk and chocolate will produce a great beverage. When hot chocolate is the topic, many people go even further and decorate it with many other tasty details.

                      Are you that kind of person? Do you decorate your hot chocolate or make it and just focus on enjoying the beverage?

                      Have you tried any of the recipes below, and if you did, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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