When the weather turns cold, the cravings for comforting hot cocoa begin. These delicious recipes for hot chocolate with cocoa powder will satisfy your sweet tooth.
What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there is technically a difference. Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder. Hot chocolate recipes use other types of chocolate to flavor and sweeten the beverage.
But it’s truly a personal preference of what you call your mug of chocolatey goodness. I grew up saying hot chocolate, so that is what works best for me!
What is the best cocoa powder to use in my hot chocolate?
You’ve probably heard of Ghirardelli and Hershey’s, but the options don’t stop there.
According to the product review website That’s My Home, there are quite a few good cocoa powder products on the market.
While you’re deciding on your next recipe, here are some handy tips for storing your cocoa powder.
The general rule of thumb is to store cocoa powder in a cool, dry place.
Store at room temperature, not the freezer or refrigerator.
Store in an airtight container in the pantry.
Unopened cocoa powder can last up to 3 years.
If stored properly, an open container of cocoa powder is typically good for up to 1 year.
Cocoa powder usually doesn’t go bad, but it does lose its flavor over time.
Is cocoa powder healthy? Is it healthier than chocolate?
Good news! According to WebMD, cocoa powder has a ton of health benefits. Some of the benefits may include reduced inflammation, a stronger immune system and lower risk of heart disease.
On its own, cocoa powder doesn’t contain much fat or sugar. But always check the nutrition labels. Some manufacturers get a little sneaky and will add ingredients like sugar. Also be sure to look for products that are at least 60-70% cocoa to get the most benefit.
Dark chocolate also has many of the same benefits as cocoa powder. The same rules apply. Look for a product with at least 60-70% cocoa and little to no added fats, sugars or other unhealthy ingredients.
9 Delicious Recipes for Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder
These warm and comforting hot chocolate recipes feature cocoa powder as a main ingredients. Enjoy!
This classic Homemade Hot Chocolate Like Grandma Made recipe tastes exactly like the title states: it's creamy and an original recipe that will have you basking in childhood memories. Sweetened and made from scratch, it's a delicious and entirely cozy treat.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a fun treat and made with real candy canes! Made in a blender, this easy recipe consists of only six ingredients and is ready in no time. The entire family will love this recipe.
Raspberry Hot Cocoa is the perfect way to wind down after a busy day out in the cold. Dairy-free and made with low glycemic sweeteners, you will love this vegan hot chocolate recipe that is both nourishing AND delicious!
This Keto Hot Chocolate Recipe is super low carb and great for anyone looking for a healthier treat. Ready in five minutes and made with only four ingredients, this easy recipe is a healthy spin on traditional hot chocolate recipes.
With just a few simple ingredients, this Christmas Hot Chocolate recipe is creamy and sweet! Made with a candy cane whipped cream, this decadent beverage is made with cocoa powder and ready in no time.
candy cane candies or candy canes broken into pieces
Intrigued by the latest Dalgona trend? If so, then learn how to make this Whipped Chocolate (Dalgona Chocolate) Hot Chocolate and enjoy this frothy caffeine-free hip beverage. Sweet and fun to make, this easy hot chocolate recipe is fun for both kids and adults.
aquafaba (this is the liquid in a can of chickpeas)
cream of tartar
instant coffee + 2 tbsp hot water (or 1 shot of espresso)
This Best Hot Chocolate Float Recipe is made with cocoa powder, rich chocolate chunks, vanilla, and creamy whipped cream. Homemade and fun to sip on, you'll never want to make the store-bought stuff ever again.