5 Ways to Spice Up Your Cup of Hot Cocoa
Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot cocoa on a cold wintery day? When the weather outside is frightful (which it typically is in January), you can keep things warm inside with a toasty cup of your favourite hot chocolate! And while you can always add some marshmallows or a cinnamon stick to the cup to add a little something to it, there are other ways you can spice it up!
1. Add a Flavoured Syrup
The next time to head over to your local Starbucks, pay attention to the backdrop behind the baristas. There is usually a myriad of bottles, and no, they’re not liquor (though that WOULD be a great way to add something interesting to your hot chocolate!). These bottles are filled with different flavoured syrups that can be added to any cup of coffee or hot chocolate to add an instant kick! Try it in vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and almond!
2. Minty Hot Chocolate
You can’t go wrong with complementing chocolate with mint. It’s a classic combination, and it tastes divine! You can easily find mint extract in the baking section of your local supermarket. Just be careful not to use too much, as it can totally overpower the hot chocolate and leave your eyes watering like crazy!
3. Add a Chocolate Truffle
If you thought adding more chocolate to an already-chocolatey drink was too much, think again! You haven’t lived until you’ve tried adding a delectable truffle chocolate to your cup of hot cocoa. The end result will be a very rich and creamy beverage that will leave you wanting more.
4. Add a Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Yes, you read that right! Adding a hint of cayenne pepper will give you a drink that tastes a little like coffee with a bit of a kick. You can also add other spices to add something special, such as cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Maybe one day you’ll feel a little adventurous and mix all three at once!
5. Mix the Chocolate Powder With Coffee
When you mix these two, you’re essentially making a cup of mocha. To make the perfect blend, simply add hot chocolate mix into your mug and pour your already-made coffee beverage over top. This is an easy thing to make, and is simply delicious. It’s a great way to mix things up from your regular morning coffee!
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