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Cozy Up This Winter With These 6 Hot Cocoa Recipes

Chilly weather is whisking in and we’re looking forward to all our favorite winter traditions… building snowmen, making snow angels, carefully choosing the perfect tree (and then watching the family cat valiantly try to climb it), and of course, eating lots of tasty holiday treats. These 6 hot cocoa recipes are sure to make your holiday season even more memorable, and they pair perfectly with Ne-Mo’s treats. So, gather ‘round the fireplace or snuggle under the blankets while you sip these delicious hot cocoa recipes and nosh on your favorite goodies from Ne-Mo’s!


Creamy Hot Cocoa

Your taste buds will be doing a happy dance when you experience the rich, creamy texture of this hot cocoa mixing on your tongue with the icing on a Ne-Mo’s Pull Apart Cinnamon Roll.


2.5 cups milk

1.5 cups half and half

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

¼ cup marshmallows


Combine milk, half and half, and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Once the milk mixture is warm, slowly add the chocolate chips while stirring until melted. Add the marshmallows and stir until they melt as well. Remove from heat and serve. You can always top your hot cocoa with more marshmallows for a smore-tastic experience!


Hint of Mint Hot Cocoa

It’s hard to beat the refreshing combination of mint and chocolate. This minty cocoa goodness is doubly decadent when you enjoy it with Ne-Mo’s Chocolate Cake Squares. The hint of mint sets the cake squares’ rich chocolatey goodness free for a delightful after-dinner indulgence.


1 mint tea bag (peppermint is a great choice but your favorite mint tea will surely be wonderful!)

1 packet of your favorite hot cocoa mix

Water (enough to fill about ¾ of your mug or cup)


Heat water to a boil and fill your mug about ¾ full with water (you’ll want to leave enough room for the cocoa packet). Add your tea bag and steep per the directions on the box of tea. Then, remove the tea bag, empty the contents of your hot cocoa packet into your mug and stir until there are no more clumps. Voila!


Mexican Spiced Hot Cocoa

Give your sweet tooth a spicy kick when you pair this hot cocoa with Ne-Mo’s decadent chocolate bundt cake!


12 oz. evaporated milk (or 4 cups regular milk if you don’t have any evaporated milk on hand)

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp. Cinnamon

½ tsp. Vanilla extract

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of allspice

¼ tsp, chili powder


Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Whisk until all ingredients are combined, and the mixture is simmering. Turn heat down to low, cover, let simmer for 5 minutes, and then enjoy!


Orange Hot Cocoa

If you’ve never tried orange and chocolate together, prepare to be blown away! Enjoy this sweet and tangy hot cocoa with a Ne-Mo’s Orange Dreamswirl Bundt Cake.


1 cup milk

2 cups water

1 cup orange juice (store bought or fresh squeezed are both great as long as you skip the pulp)

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup sugar


Combine all ingredients in a medium sized pot and simmer over medium heat. Whisk until all ingredients are combined and the mixture is simmering. Serve and enjoy!


Marvelous Maple Hot Cocoa

Get a taste of Vermont (or Canada) when you try this syrup-sweetened recipe. Pair it with Ne-Mo’s Red Velvet Cake for a rich dessert duo.


4 cups milk

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. Vanilla extract

¼ cup maple syrup

Marshmallows for topping


Whisk milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Once the ingredients are combined and the mixture starts to simmer, remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup. Garnish with marshmallows as desired and serve.


Raspberry Almond Hot Cocoa

This dairy-free hot cocoa recipe can be made with store-bought or homemade (recipe below) raspberry puree and is sure to be a new family favorite. Try this with Ne-Mo’s Lemon-Raspberry Crumble Cake.


2 cups almond milk

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup sugar

1 cup raspberry puree (recipe below)


Whisk almond milk, cocoa powder, and sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. As soon as it starts to simmer, turn the heat down to low, add the raspberry puree, and continue to stir for 2 minutes. Pour into mugs and top with fresh raspberries and marshmallows as desired.

Raspberry Puree Recipe

If you’d like to get really fancy, you can make your own homemade raspberry puree from fresh raspberries as follows:


12 oz. fresh raspberries

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup water


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil while stirring for 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and strain. Discard the seeds and ta-da! You’ve got homemade raspberry puree.

After sledding in the freshly fallen snow, or touring the gleaming holiday lights with family and friends, cozy-up with these hot cocoa recipes, and treat yourself to Ne-Mo’s baked goods!

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