Adult Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate Grows Up

Roslyn Lifestyle chocolate, hot drinks

Ever wonder why you crave something warm and sweet at 3:30 pm, perhaps a steaming cup of hot chocolate? I honestly think it stems from the days when we came home from school and mom gave us a snack. It could have been milk and cookies, but inevitably in the cold winter months, it was a cup of hot chocolate for me. The big choice I got to make was whether to add marshmallows or whipped cream.

I know many of us still enjoy drinking hot chocolate but our selection of choices has expanded beyond imagination which is why we can say, “Hot Chocolate Grows Up”. We no longer just open a packet of Nestle’s or Swiss Miss, heat and stir, as my husband does. We are into real, maybe even gourmet, hot chocolate and the embellishments abound. They include anything from whiskey, Kahlua, coconut whipped cream, red wine, Tequila, Godiva chocolate liqueurs and more. If you haven’t tried any of these drinks and know you are facing cold evenings at home, maybe even in front of a fireplace, this is the time to elevate your cocoa to an adult hot chocolate.

Kahlua

Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Kahlua is a coffee flavored (which must be why I like it) sugar-based (another reason to like it) liqueur from Mexico. To my surprise, the drink also contains some Rum, corn syrup, and vanilla bean.

Recipe – 10 minutes to make, serves two

Making adult hot chocolate might just be easier than I thought and most likely the ingredients are on hand. With homemade hot chocolate, you can control the sweetness and how much chocolate is used.

In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. On a low flame, heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove and stir in 1 ounce of Kahlua. You might want to garnish with marshmallows drizzled with salted caramel &/or chocolate syrup.

Chocolate Red Wine/Hot Chocolate Cocktail

This sweet dessert chocolate wine is called ChocolatRougeWine and comes in sweet red and milk chocolate.

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Recipe for two

Heat 2 cups of milk, add 4 ounces of ChocolatRouge Milk Chocolate Wine, and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder or hot cocoa mix.  Stir until well-combined. Pour into glasses or mugs of your choice. Top with whipped cream and add a little dusting of cinnamon.

Toasted Marshmallows Shot Glasses

 

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Recipe

Marshmallow shots are an updated version of jello shots from 2013. All you need is a bag of marshmallows, 2 forks, a stove and liqueur of your choice.  Evenly brown the marshmallow using your 2nd fork to steady it; once it’s nicely toasted, flip it over onto your plate. As it cools down it will IMPLODE forming a cup and you have a marshmallow shot glass. They do fall apart quickly so fill it with your favorite liqueur, drink up and then eat the soaked, sticky marshmallow.  This may not be for everyone, so think carefully before offering it at a party.

Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

How nice to have a dairy and sugar-free option.

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Recipe for two

Place 2 cups vanilla sweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon Chai Spice in a medium size pan. Bring to a rolling boil and stir until spices and cocoa powder has dissolved. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Adult Hot Chocolate with Vodka and Godiva

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Recipe for four

In a small sauce pot, on medium heat, add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once they start to melt, slowly pour in 2 cups milk and stir with a whisk until melted and smooth. Stir often at a low boil and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 3 1/2 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur, stirring and cooking for about 1 minute. Pour into cups and top it off with 3 ounces whipped cream  vodka and chocolate syrup for garnish.

Slow Cooker Mexican Hot Chocolate

This year I got a slow cooker and have been gathering recipes from Pinterest (not even Google), and pinning to my ‘Plain and Simple’ food board for easy reference. Never did I think I would come across slow cooker recipes for hot chocolate but I did. It does seem so easy to just toss everything in a pot and let it cook for 2 hours.

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Recipe for four

Toss 4 ounces (bar or chips) of bittersweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 4 cups milk in a small crockpot ((if you have a small one – there’s less to wash) and stir it twice every hour.

A Cold Winter’s Night Treat

What a delightful surprise to find so many variations for hot chocolate. The fabulous images of these recipes have enticed me to occasionally switch from coffee to hot chocolate.  Now I can replace expensive drinks found at a local coffee shop with scrumptious homemade treats. When I look at our tea and coffee pantry shelf,  I also see cocoa from around the world which was probably gifted to us and has remained unopened, until now. It never occurred to me to spike my hot chocolate, but after researching these amazing recipes, I can’t wait to try a chocolate libation, especially on a very cold winter night. I’ll see if I can enroll my husband in having one with me.

Which recipe sounds good to you?

 

 

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Chocolate red wine… I have never heard of such a thing, but I need it to be in my life. Wow. 🙂
    Loving all your ideas, but Slow Cooker Mexican Hot Chocolate is the winner. Bring on winter to enjoy this bad boy.

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      Thanks, Krista Kelly. I think hot chocolate was marketed as a hot drink in cold months and gradually worked its way into our pantry despite the season. It’s a yummy comfy drink and kids everywhere love it. Sometimes used as a treat.

  2. They all sound good, Roz, but definitely Kahlua Hot Chocolate will be my choice. I’m not a coffee drinker but kahlua is such a good coffee flavored concoction. My husband loves it. I think we’ll be trying this tonight!

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  3. I am afraid if I bring these recipes home my husband will remain on a permanent chocolate high! What a great looking bunch of recipes. I would love to try these the next time my family comes over from the UK. I can just imagine the smells from the kitchen whilst it’s being prepared. Great post.

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      So glad you liked it, Melanie Boylan. Most of us can get addicted to a chocolate high with ease. Maybe for Valentines Day, you treat your hubby by making him just one of these recipes.

  4. They all look yummy! Great idea to bring traffic to your Pinterest account. I pinned everyone of them but my favorites are: Adult Hot Chocolate with Vodka and Godiva and Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate. Thanks for sharing, Roslyn. This was fun! Now I am going to make hot chocolate. =)

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      Thanks, Sabrina Quairoli for the repins. I hardly look at my recipe file since I’ve been using Pinterest. Glad you found blog fun as it was a deviation from our ususal topics.

  5. Love this post!!! I’ve done the marshmallow shooters and the spiked hot chocolate (always made with cocoa and almond milk. But use Tia Maria instead. What you have to be careful of though, is these drinks are all so tasty, you have to watch the sugar level.

    I’m going to try a cocoa based hot chocolate tonight and add in some chili chocolate to it… have that after supper.

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      Gisele, if you didn’t live so far away, I’d be over after dinner. Sounds like you know all about spiking your hot chocolate. And thanks for the warning about the sugar levels.

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      Teresa Salhi, exactly why I included the Vegan Chai hot chocolate.I also couldn’t imagine taving more than one on any given night, so the variet is for taste testing. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. I love the sound of all of them Roslyn. The Kahlua is probably my favourite but I love the idea of the slow cooker Mexican hot chocolate – I love chocolate and chilli together. Those little marshmallow shot glasses look so much fun – I’m going to have to try them. Fun post. Thanks for sharing all the yumminess. 🙂

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  7. Who knew there were so many variations on the hot chocolate theme. 😉 I often joke that I’m one of the few women who actually doesn’t like chocolate, although as a kid, I believe I would eat copious quantities of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars or anything “white” chocolate, which isn’t officially chocolate. Of all these drinks I say the vegan chai most appeals to me. As a Chai lover and someone who does not use alcohol or sugar, it sounds yummy. I would probably use organic mile vs. almond milk though, as the “vegan” aspect of it isn’t as important to me. Fun recipes and I imagine there will be a lot of people who see this post, drinking hot chocolate…and loving it, in the near future.

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      It does seem to be a hit of a topic. Sometimes we are seeking something new to try and don’t recognize it until it happens.Our oldest grandson never liked chocolate & we all found that so strange. His sister makes up for it though, so I can always bring her treats of better quality than a Hershey bar. I had to include the Vegan Chai as I anticipated a few vegan readers, & I’m glad I did. Finding out thru the comments who really knows their alcohol

  8. Which one? Come on! They all sound fabulous. But the one that really rang my chimes was the Mexican hot chocolate. I discovered the joys of Mexican chocolate several years ago and this looks like it would be a yummy addition to my chocolate recipes. Lately, I’ve been making regular chocolate milk, using unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 packets of artificial sweetener, 2 tablespoons of low-fat whipped topping and skim milk. Wow. I may have to add some chili powder and and cinnamon to my next treat. Thanks for this!

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      A predictable choice Jackie Harder. Just as I had to include the vegan chai, when I came across the Mexican chocolate, this had to be included too. Thanks for your basic recipe and enjoy.

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  9. I may have been tempted by many of these concoctions before I stopped consuming sugar and alcohol back in September. For me, the treat now is to have a coconut milk-turmeric toddy before bed. I heat up full-fat coconut milk with turmeric and a slice of ginger. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and ummm…

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      Thanks Carol Rundle for giving us another healthy way to enjoy a bedtime drink. I know tumeric , ginger & coconut milk are good for our health. I might try your recipe.

  10. Choclate is good for the female brain. Drink up. The doors to chocolate heaven have just been opened. I’ll have one of each, please.
    Thanks Roz, you’ll be keeping me warm this winter.

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  11. The Chocolate Red Wine sounds absolutely amazing. Of course, I love both dark chocolate and red wine so it absolutely makes sense to me for the hot chocolate to grow up this way 🙂

    Thanks for the wonderful selections, Roz!

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      So glad you selected this one Delia. I’m allergic to red wine, but as intrigued by this combination & would taste it. Most seemed to prefer the Mexican hot chocolate. I loved the title of this blog.

  12. Wow Roslyn!! What 1 sounds good? Really? They all sound delicious!!!! I want to try them all, I would love to try the crock pot cocoa…on rainy days, my special little person and I drink Abuelita Cocoa, it is a Mexican cocoa and is so yummy. Have you ever had it?
    We do use other more convenient mixes but I like to make our cocoa with unsweetened cocoa and add sugar, I like the cinnamon and nutmeg idea…YUM

    This year for xmas I got a treat, it was peppermint vodka…I added it to hot cocoa and topped it with whipped cream,,,oh man was it good!! Love this post!! Very fun and informative

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      Lisa, I love the sound of your Christmas treat and it seems you are way ahead of me knowing about Mexican cocoa. Thanks for your comment and sharing your drinks.

  13. I definitely like the idea of the Toasted Marshmallow Shots, Roslyn. In my younger days, my friends and I loved Tequila shots and used to have contests to see who could keep standing. 😉

    Of course we are all responsible adults now and a few of these friends are soon to be grand parents but why not? I’m just thinking, would Tequila work or perhaps Amaretto? Thanks for sharing the recipes. I’ll definitely try them out.

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      Vatsala Shukla, I sure did come across Tequila and hot chocolate. It seems you can try just about any liqueur or alcohol to spike hot chocolate which is after all, what makes it a grownup drink.

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  14. You know me Roz, my favorite of course is the Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate is my favorite in this list. Of course, any of them can be made vegan by using a non-dairy milk. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!! With a Nor’easter on the way this may be just the thing to keep us all feeling cozy!

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      Yes, Lisa Swanson, I think tonight it will be part of our Sat. night date to drink hot chocolate. Hubby has already said he will not spike his. I may do almond milk & a drop of Khalua

  15. Such a CUTE post.. Love it.. and fun. btw, never was the hot and sweet girl.. just the sweet and now I’m the rita girl. lol Great tips and oh, that marshmellow shot glass – ummm, helloo!

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  16. Wow, Roz, you’ve got something for everyone here – even the vegan in me!! Chai anything is a treat and a half; and the Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds absolutely perfect for a cold day in Maine!! Instead, I’m having a cup of tea at a coffee shop, but a little later today – at around that 3:00 timeframe you mentioned, I’m seeing a little sweetness in my future!!

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      Appreciate your comment and plan to have a hot cup of hot chocolate. By now the snow should have hit Maine, and if it hasn’t, it will along with cold winter temps. Stay warm & enjoy your Chai.

  17. I was always told chocolate and red wine didn’t go well – but I love them together (stale choc cake perks up no end when soaked in red wine – gorgeous) so the idea of hot choc with red wine sounds good to me. I was vegan and kept off dairy for years too – so the idea of combining the red wine one with the vegan one is tempting too.
    More recently I sometimes had hot choc with goats milk – for me much more delicious than with cows milk – but now I could try the almond milk.
    Lots of inspiration and ideas – thanks Roslyn

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  18. I rarely consume chocolate (gasp!) but these recipes sound wonderful and I am thinking of the perfect occasion to give that Hot Chocolate with Vodka and Godiva a try, except for two. Thank you!

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      Marquita Herald, I must not have been thinking of the temptation for those who remember the pleasure of chocolate. They do say deprivation is not good for us, so maybe one cup of hot chocolate made the vegan way, will satisfy.

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      You are so right Joan Harrington. I had no idea about the variations of hot cholate until I researched. I fell in love with my title, Hot Chocolate Grows Up and had to develop it.

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  19. Oh, my goodness. I’m not a wine drinker, but …. chocolate wine? It could make a wine drinker out of me! My #1 comfort food is hot chocolate and all of these look delicious. I’ve shared this on Pinterest, Twitter and my Facebook fan page. More people should see these recipes. 😀

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      Really appreciate your comment and excitement for the blog, Just Pain Marie. I was excited too over the chocolate wine option. Thanks for all the shares and enjoy your drinks.

  20. Roslyn, I love this post and I’m going to have to try some of these recipes! I wanted to do the marshmallow shot glasses last year at our camp, we never did. Maybe we’ll be brave this year. The Kahlua Hot Chocolate sounds delicious!

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      So glad you enjoyed this post, Tamara MacDuff. A slight shift from jewelry. We were anticipating cold or snow. Hope you get to try the shot glasses this year.

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  21. This is by far the most delicious posts I have read in a long time! And believe me, nothing makes me go weak in the knees like chocolate does 😉
    And now I’m craving it….
    Thank you for this uplifting post.
    Much Love and Light,
    Z~

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      WElcome to our blog and I really appreciate your compliment and comment Zeenat Merchant Syal. Ever since writing this post, I can’t get enough chocolate too.

  22. This post came right on time. With the frigid temperatures on the East Coast, hot chocolate is the perfect remedy. Hot chocolate with marshmallows was my favorite. It has been a while since I have treated myself to this warm comfort drink. I think it’s long overdue!

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  23. Great recipes! Funny, because I have a hot chocolate beside me right now. I added Bailey’s Mudslide creamer to it! I don’t know if I can pick one favorite – they all look good!

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  24. All I have to say is, YUM!
    I love that I can now update my childhood hot cocoa with raw cacao and fresh almond milk heated to perfection….and I can always add some coconut cream 🙂

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