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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

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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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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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