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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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

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

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

6 Adult Hot Chocolates for All of Your Favorite Cozy Scenarios

Here are six incredible hot chocolate recipes (both boozy and booze-free) that will upgrade any snuggly situation.

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

10 Warming Hot Chocolate Recipes

As the temperatures drop, it’s all the more tempting to hole up at home, sit by the fire, and grab a mug of something warm. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best recipes for rich, creamy hot chocolate—from boozy hot chocolate to Mexican hot chocolate, and even a version with red wine. Pick your favorite, grab a cup, and get ready to indulge.Related: Guide to chocolate gifts

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Hot Chocolate Pudding Cakes

Chef Owen Kenworthy makes these individual molten chocolate cakes with a little bit of flour to hold the batter together, then garnishes the baked cakes with tart crème fraîche and crunchy pistachios. Slideshows: More Great Chocolate Desserts

Hot Chocolate Tortes

The batter for these dense chocolate cakes from Vincent Guerithault, of Vincent Guerithault on Camelback in Phoenix, must be refrigerated for 4 hours to prevent it from overflowing during baking.    Beautiful Desserts  

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