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.
Melted Ice Cream Hot Chocolate
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“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 
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.
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Hot Chocolate Pudding Cakes
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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 
Double-Chocolate Hot Chocolate
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Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito firmly believe that homemade hot chocolate is superior to any commercial mix. They make their decadent version with both bittersweet and milk chocolate and then top it with marshmallows that they make and sell at BakedMore Warming Drinks More Chocolate Recipes