1) Crushed Candy Canes
Crushed candy canes add a burst of festive color to your hot chocolate, as well as refreshing minty flavor that mingles marvelously with sweet cane sugar and rich cocoa powder. Make the minty flavor really pop by heating some of the candy canes with your hot chocolate rather than simply placing them on top of the mug. A candy cane stir stick completes this holiday-appropriate beverage.
Reading for more amazing mix-ins? Jazz up an ordinary cup of hot chocolate with the 10 easy upgrades listed in this post. For an insane amount of deliciousness, feel free to combine multiple toppings, like peanut butter cups with caramel sauce or toasted marshmallows with crushed candy canes, in one steaming mug of hot chocolate.
2) Toasted Marshmallows
When it’s too cold to huddle around the campfire, bring the magic of s’mores inside with this decadent cup of hot chocolate. Toasted marshmallows cover the top of the mug, keeping heat from your drink inside where it belongs.
You can toast the marshmallows with a fire pit or inside of the microwave. Crushed graham crackers and mini chocolate chips also make great toppings for a marshmallow-topped mug of s’more hot chocolate.
3) Orange Wedges
Oranges are popular during the holiday season, which is often when people drink hot chocolate. You can find oranges in everything from candy bars to Christmas cookies, and now you can also find them in your drinks.
Add a dash of orange juice or orange zest to a cup of hot chocolate and stir well, then garnish with small orange wedges perched atop a fluffy mound of whipped cream. Sprinkle the top of the drink with additional orange zest for flavor and color.
4) Colorful Sprinkles
Create a cup of hot chocolate that looks like a tasty cupcake by adding a generous amount of colorful sprinkles on top. You can opt for festive sprinkles in hues of green and red or use an assortment of rainbow-colored sprinkles. Chocolate sprinkles work great, too.
5) Maraschino Cherry Juice
Maraschino cherry juice lends a smooth, almond-like flavor to hot chocolate. The juice doesn’t turn the hot chocolate red, so top your drink with whipped cream and a cherry if you want people to know what’s inside.
6) Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
Add a hint of crunch to your hot chocolate with several chocolate-covered pretzels and a few drizzles of caramel sauce. Wait a couple minutes before adding the pretzels if you don’t want them to get soggy. You can also freeze the hot chocolate and then top it with the pretzels.
7) Caramel Corn
Caramel corn is the perfect combo of sweet, salty amazingness, so it’s easy to see why hot chocolate topped with caramel corn is quickly becoming a highly requested beverage at upscale cafes and eclectic coffee shops.
8) Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon sticks add a hint of spice to a mug of hot chocolate. Sprinkle in ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, then add full-sized cinnamon sticks. Some people refer to this tasty beverage as Mexican hot chocolate.
9) Salted Caramel
Caramel makes anything taste incredible, but salted caramel? Mindblowingly delicious. You can’t go wrong with a mug filled with hot chocolate that’s topped with generous amount of whipped cream and salted caramel.
10) Peanut Butter Cups
There’s regular hot chocolate, and then there’s hot chocolate topped with peanut butter cups. We think it’s pretty obvious which one tastes better.
Can’t get enough peanut butter flavor? Stir in a few spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter before topping your hot chocolate with mini peanut butter cups.