Cozy Hot Cocoa Recipes

hot cocoa recipes

Stir Up Some Sweet Sips!

Winter is the ideal time for warm drinks, cuddling up beneath soft throw blankets, and taking in a new show on your favorite streaming platform. 

Move beyond the marshmallow dress up your mug of hot cocoa with these easy recipe ideas from the care package experts at The Care Crate Co.


Sweet and Spicy Hot Cocoa
Using your favorite plain hot chocolate packet, prepare a mug according to package directions. Then, shake in cinnamon and chili powder to taste.


Classic Minty Cocoa
Prepare a mug of hot cocoa, and stir your drink with a peppermint stick. Let it dissolve in the mug as you drink.


Affogato Hot Cocoa
A traditional affogato is a scoop of ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso. Make your own version of this sweet Italian treat by preparing your hot cocoa and adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream to it. Get creative with your flavor combinations!


Caramel Delite Cookie Cocoa
These Girl Scout cookies are a fan favorite, so why not transform your hot drink into one? Prepare a mug of hot cocoa using coconut milk as the base, then drizzle in caramel topping. Crush a graham cracker and sprinkle crumbs on top.

Unicorn Hot Cocoa
Kids are obsessed with these fantasy creatures! Make them a mug of hot cocoa inspired by one. Use white chocolate cocoa mix and add food coloring to create the gem tone of your choice (we love purple!) Top with whipped cream and brightly-colored sprinkles.


Mocha Madness
Instead of using cream and sugar in your coffee, stir in a hot cocoa packet. 


Make Your Own Flavor Cocoa
Make a mug of plain cocoa, then dress it up with a splash of your favorite coffee creamer. Vanilla or hazelnut are safe choices. We love amaretto! 

Salted Caramel Cocoa
Before pouring your cocoa into your mug, lightly dampen the rim and dip it into coarse salt. Add your hot cocoa, drizzle in caramel, and top with whipped cream.

Strawberry Cocoa
Using either white chocolate or regular hot chocolate mix, prepare a packet according to directions. Stir in a spoonful of strawberry syrup. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with more strawberry syrup, and garnish with a real strawberry (bonus points if it’s a chocolate-covered one). 


Enjoy a Snack with Your Cocoa

A cup of hot cocoa needs a snack to go along with it! Lucky for you, our snack boxes have lots of options to complement your sweet drink.



Shop our full selection of snack boxes.


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