Winter is approaching quickly, and for those who love nothing better than a night indoors next to a fireplace or heater, a staple of keeping themselves warm will undoubtedly involve hot chocolate.
Why wouldn’t it? Tasty, creamy, and helping you to warm up after that journey home from work, hot chocolate is a drink that everyone can enjoy, and tastes, well, scrummy.
However, rather than just adding the cocoa powder to warm milk, have you thought about some other ways to enjoy hot chocolate on those windy winter nights? Here is a guide to ways you may not have thought of.
Yes, you read that right. Just like there are bath bombs, there are now hot chocolate bombs. Similar in shape, you can get them as spheres, or there are even seasonal ones, which can make them a great gift for friends or family for Christmas. All you need to do is place a bomb in a cup, pour hot water or milk on it, and boom. It will break down and make a delicious cup of warm chocolate for you to enjoy. Plus, best of all, there are hot chocolate bombs that are made with oat milk, for your vegan friends and family (or yourself) and even gluten-free options too, with a range of flavors from mint chocolate to orange. Great.
Yes, you read that right, too. What better way to enjoy some sweet, warm chocolate than by drinking it from an edible mug?
Now, you may be thinking ‘hot chocolate plus chocolate mug equals disaster’ but, when you buy them online (or even make them yourself if you fancy), these mugs tend to be smaller and a lot thicker than the average bar of chocolate. It is ideal to allow your hot drink to cool slightly before pouring it into the chocolate mug though, and then taste the drink and the mug melt together, for an even more chocolatey experience.
Hot Chocolate Popsicles
Popsicles are frozen, hot chocolate is warm…how do they mix?
Well, whether it is summer or winter, you can still enjoy a hot chocolate popsicle. Simply melt the chocolate into the molds as desired, stick a popsicle stick in and freeze. You can even add marshmallows if you want. Then, come winter, all you need to do is add some warm milk or water, and voila – instant hot chocolate with built-in extras and flavors.
Okay, so this is not a new idea, but have you ever considered making marshmallows to add to hot chocolate? Indeed, this can allow you to experiment with a range of different flavors not found in standard marshmallows, such as orange, mint, or even salted caramel. So, sit back, let the marshmallows melt, and taste something truly remarkable. If you aren’t sure where to start, there are many marshmallow-making kits online.
This is a bit of a different way to consume hot chocolate, but the list wouldn’t be complete without it. Of course, the hot chocolate must be thicker and gloopier for this to work but, one way to thicken hot chocolate is to add more chocolate, marshmallows, or even rice crispies. Then, simply pour the warm, thick drink over the pancakes and boom – an interesting way to mix a meal and a drink.