Festive Twists

Festive Twists on a Holiday Classic: Hot Cocoa

There’s nothing more soothing than a rich mug of rich hot cocoa.

The beauty of chocolate and hot cocoa is that it pairs nicely with a variety of other flavors. Here are some of our favorites hot cocoa recipes:


    We’ve perfected a cocoa recipe for the right amount of sweet chocolate creaminess. This recipe can serve as the base for the variations below.

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  • HOT COCOA MOCHA: Replace half the water noted in the classic recipe above with hot coffee and top with extra HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup and a chocolate shaving.

  • SPICED COCOA: Add 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

  • MINT COCOA: Add 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick.

  • CITRUS COCOA: Add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.

  • SWISS MOCHA: Add 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.

  • COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream from the classic recipe. Replace with 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.

  • MAPLE COCOA: Add 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.

Bake Happy,
From all of us at HERSHEY’S Kitchens.

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