Flavoured hot chocolate – sober style

Well the weather outside is going to be frightful from Christmas day on, is what we’re hearing where I live. Snowstorms, blizzards, more snow and probably some nasty cold weather following it. What am I doing to prepare for it? Looking up yummy NA hot chocolate drink recipes! Thought I’d share a few for any fellow hot chocolate lovers.

Spicy Maple Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Cozy up to a mug of spicy maple cinnamon hot chocolate, made from scratch!
Recipe type: Beverage
Makes: two to three
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
  1. Pour the milk into a medium-sized sauce pan and set over medium-low heat. Whisk in the chocolate, maple syrup, and spices. Continue whisking occasionally until milk is hot and steamy.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks.
  3. Pour steaming hot chocolate into mugs, add a dollop of whipped cream and a cinnamon stick, and finish with a pinch of chili powder.
  4. Note: This recipe makes for a very chocolaty drink, dilute with more milk if it’s too much. It’s also pretty easy on the sweet stuff, so add a few more glugs of maple syrup for a sweeter drink.


Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

(The pictures on her site make it look even more delicious! – http://www.eatliverun.com/peanut-butter-hot-chocolate/)

serves 1

1 cup milk

1 T peanut butter (chunky or smooth)

1 T unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 T sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together milk, cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a simmer and then add the peanut butter, stirring well to get rid of any clumps.

Pour into your favorite mug and serve with whipped cream and salted peanuts!

Slow Cooker Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate
Slow Cooker Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate is a perfect minty winter treat!
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: about 8 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk (8 cups)
  • 2 (4-oz.) pkgs Ghiridelli white chocolate baking bars, broken up into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or starlight candies
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • whipped cream for serving (I use Reddi-Whip)
  • more crushed candy canes for garnish
  1. Add the milk, broken up white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and vanilla to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours (stirring every 15 minutes).
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and topped with crushed candy canes for garnish.


  1. I Quit Wineing · December 22, 2016

    Oh wow, they all sound so delicious. I love hot chocolate. Must try some of these out, why heck why not try ALL of them out!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Elizabeth · December 23, 2016

    Just what I needed. Will be making all of them Christmas Day. I’ll let you know which is my fav!

    Liked by 1 person

    • shehidbehindtheglass · December 23, 2016

      Thank you! Please do let me know which one is your fave!


      • Elizabeth · December 26, 2016

        Christmas Day didn’t work out for hot chocolate but will attempt to ring in this New Year with one (or all) of them. I will absolutely let you know!

        Liked by 1 person

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