5 Ways to Spice Up Hot Chocolate

Take your hot chocolate to the next level with these variations on a classic.

This December, we’re going to show you how you can achieve great taste using everyone’s favorite treat: chocolate. This content was created in partnership with Food52.

It might be hard to fathom why you’d want to mess with such a classic, perfect union of warm milk and melted chocolate, but just trust us on this one: You can always improve on tradition. Here are our 5 favorite ways to amp up our mugs of hot cocoa.

Our first tip? Start by making your own batch of cocoa using the recipe below with good-quality chocolate and creamy whole milk. Then try stirring in peppermint extract for the holidays, or cayenne to add a little kick. It will only get better from there.

Live.Love.Lux Tip: Melting chocolate and heating milk is easy with your Electrolux induction range — using precision heat for perfect results.

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Photo: James Ransom 

Classic Cold Weather Drinking Chocolate



1 ounce good-quality dark chocolate

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons agave (optional, to taste)

1 pinch salt


In a small saucepan, mix the chocolate, cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup of the milk over low heat. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted.

Add the rest of the milk and the salt. Stir, then allow to heat the rest of the way through.

Stir in sweetener to taste, and serve. (If you’re not worried about keeping things vegan, top with marshmallows or whipped cream.)

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