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

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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

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                      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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                      Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

                      “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

                      Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

                      Food is a universal necessity.

                      It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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                      Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

                      Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

                      Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

                      Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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                      The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

                      Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

                      This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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                      Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

                      Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

                      Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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                      So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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