Easy Ways to Top Off Your Hot Cocoa

Who doesn’t love a delicious, rich cup of hot cocoa? We had guests over the other night and our friend Brandon asked for a cup of cocoa. After Mariah told me about this recipe, I wanted to try it. I added even more chocolate and a touch of heavy cream in with the milk and it turned out amazing. I then topped it with whipped cream and toasted coconut, which added the perfect touch. Mariah came up with some simple ways to spruce up hot cocoa. Gild the lily with your next cup and add a sprinkle of lavender or some peanut butter chips to the whipped cream. Some other topping ideas: A dash of salt, peppermint, cinnamon spice garnished with a cinnamon stick, chocolate shavings, toasted coconut or even fresh berries. Enjoy!


This is a great recipe. I added 1/2 cup more cocoa and 1/2 cup less sugar. I also used a combination of whole milk and 3/4 cup heavy cream. I like my cocoa very chocolatey and rich!


Photo Credit: Mariah Golden
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3 responses to Easy Ways to Top Off Your Hot Cocoa

  1. January 22, 2013

    yum – great ideas! could make for a fun hot cocoa bar at a party!

  2. January 22, 2013

    It’s never crossed my mind to top hot chocolate with peanut butter chips before. It looks delicious!

  3. January 23, 2013

    Yum! It’s hard to beat whipped topping, but why not do whipped topping with some of your easy toppings? Love it! I am going to try the salt idea on our Caramel Mocha. Delish!

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