Hot Chocolate Ideas for Winter

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When it gets cold out I love to seek refuge with a hot chocolate. Even before I had kids this was always my hot beverage of choice. Now that I have kids, I love to try new ideas so I was thrilled to learn that December is devoted to chocolate milk and hot chocolate through the A Month of HotChocolate campaign from Milk Unleashed. Through this delicious campaign, Milk Unleashed is encouraging the use of Grade A shelf safe milk that is packed with protein, vitamins, calcium and other minerals.

Here are some more ideas from Milk Unleashed about how you can enjoy chocolate milk this winter!

  1. Start with real milk or chocolate milk. It'??s healthier and tastier than the add-water-to-powder packets.
  2. Keep plenty of shelf safe milk and chocolate milk in the pantry, so you can whip up a healthy treat anytime.
  3. Pour shelf safe chocolate milk into a festive, microwave-safe mug and heat it up. So simple!
  4. Get creative with different ways to make a sweet holiday beverage'?¦one that is still packed with protein, calcium and vitamins.
  5. Stir in a peppermint stick for a classic, holiday flavor. Then, rim the mug with crushed peppermints.
  6. Mom and dad can make their minty hot chocolate with a splash of white crème de menthe. Oh yeah.
  7. Add a splash of coconut syrup or extract, and top with toasted coconut marshmallows.
  8. Drop in a mini peanut butter cup or two. Stir well and enjoy.
  9. If mom needs a little boost of energy for shopping, add a half teaspoon of coffee crystals (use decaf for the little ones).
  10. Add marshmallows as you'??re heating the milk and let them totally dissolve for a thick, gooey treat. Float a few more on top.
  11. Still have Halloween candy hanging around? Drop a mini bar (one without nuts) and let it melt into deliciousness.
  12. Cinnamon sticks are always handy this time of year. Infuse your hot chocolate with a stick or two.
  13. Simply heat up some white chocolate milk '?? it'??s available in shelf safe cartons.
  14. Keep a can of real whipped topping in the fridge. A little squirt makes the hot chocolate extra special.
  15. Add colored sprinkles on whipped cream topping for a festive hot chocolate.
  16. Steep with orange peels (none of the white pith) for a few extra minutes for a deliciously different flavor.
  17. For a '??moms only'? hot chocolate, sneak in a shot of Kahlua'?¦then take a moment to de-stress.
  18. Kids like hazelnut almost as much as peanut butter. Stir in a spoonful of the chocolate-hazelnut spread.
  19. A half teaspoon of vanilla extract gives your hot chocolate a homemade, comfort-y taste.
  20. Try the un-chocolate hot milk. Just warm some milk and flavor with honey and cinnamon.
  21. The syrups sold at coffee shops are delicious in hot chocolate. Experiment with flavors like raspberry or cherry.
  22. Puree a half banana for each cup and stir into the hot chocolate. Garnish with a bit of whipped cream and banana chip.
  23. Chai spices are perfect for December. Drop a decaf chai tea bag into the hot chocolate for a few seconds.
  24. Kids love malts'?¦so make a malted hot chocolate. Super easy, just stir in a few malt ball candies!
  25. Stir in some old fashioned molasses. It'??s surprisingly delicious.
  26. What, no marshmallows in the pantry? Open a jar of marshmallow cream'?¦it makes a yummy topping for hot chocolate.
  27. To get a super rich hot chocolate, add a square of dark chocolate. Think of it as just adding a few more antioxidants!
  28. While adults are drinking hot toddies'?¦make hot toffees for the kids'?¦stir some butterscotch chips into hot milk.
  29. What'??s in your spice cabinet? Experiment with extracts'?¦like almond or anise. Or cloves, star anise or nutmeg.
  30. Start with strawberry flavored milk and add a scoop of dark cocoa. Tasty!
  31. Celebrate the New Year and resolve to keep on the path to eating healthier and getting more milk in your family'??s diet. Cheers!

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given samples.

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