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Hot Chocolate

Creamy, rich hot chocolate is the perfect cold-weather drink—especially when topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream. We love to add rum, coconut milk or cayenne pepper to classic hot chocolate for an easy, quick flavor twist. One of our favorite hot chocolate recipes comes from Jeni Britton Bauer, owner of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. She stirs vanilla ice cream into milk and cocoa powder for an insanely thick, decadent drink—it’s satisfying enough to be dessert, especially if you top it with marshmallows and flaky sea salt. Or try using both milk and bittersweet chocolate for a more traditional hot cocoa recipe. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine’s guide to hot chocolate.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate takes a little more effort than ripping open a bag of instant mix, but—oh boy—does it taste great! Slideshow:  More Hot Chocolate Recipes 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

Spice up the winter season with a simple Mexican hot chocolate. You can make this mix in advance and whip together a hot beverage in no time. Slideshow:  More Warming Drinks 

Matcha White Hot Chocolate

Toasty matcha powder balances the sweetness of white chocolate in this creamy, coconut milk-based, white hot chocolate by blogger Molly Yeh. Slideshow:  More Hot Chocolate Recipes 

Melted Ice Cream Hot Chocolate

“This melted ice cream hot chocolate is so creamy, rich and uber thick that it could be dessert,” says Jeni Britton Bauer. Sometimes she serves it with giant marshmallows and a knife and fork. Slideshow:  More Hot Chocolate Recipes 

Warm Churros and Hot Chocolate

Chef Andrew Zimmerman of Chicago's Del Toro grew up eating fluffy donuts in New Jersey, but now he favors churros—hot, crispy fried Spanish crullers. Zimmerman pipes the dough into a ribbed spiral, then coats the churros in crunchy sugar and cinnamon. They're perfect for dipping into hot chocolate. More Dessert Recipes
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Super-Rich Hot Chocolate with Coconut Cream

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson created this ultra-rich hot chocolate topped with coconut cream for his partner Bobby Stuckey's wife, Danette, who has a sweet tooth. "At Frasca, we make a lot of desserts with chocolate or coconut, so we just kept going and came up with this drink," says Lachlan. More Warming Drinks

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

Kyle Dromgoole, the owner of Café Brújula, got this simple spiced-hot-chocolate recipe from his wife's Oaxacan grandmother, who makes her own chocolate with local cacao and ground spices. More Warming Drinks

Hot Chocolate with Máchica

Máchica is a sweetened, spiced grain blend that Ecuadorans use to enrich the texture and flavor of drinks. Spanish colonists brought this cooking technique to Ecuador from Mexico, where corn is used instead of barley. Beautiful Desserts