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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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                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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                      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                      Review Your Past Flow

                      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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