There are few things as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate, and with Legacy’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix you are guaranteed quality along with taste. Unlike many mass-produced brands that list a paragraph of chemicals you cannot pronounce as their ingredients, our Hot Cocoa Mix only contains two ingredients – cocoa rouge cocoa powder and evaporated cane juice sugar. Looking to jazz-up your hot cocoa? Here are a few suggestions to experiment with the next time you're preparing a cup.
Cinnamon sticks can be tossed into hot cocoa to give it a warm, earthy, and spicy flavor. Just make sure you don't overdo it -- even a single cinnamon stick can become quite strong when steeped.
Vanilla Ice Cream
Add a small scoop of vanilla ice cream into your hot chocolate to give it a richer, creamier texture. If you don't stir, the vanilla ice cream will create a frothy layer on top, not unlike whipped cream.
Traditional milk isn't the only thing that can be used to make hot cocoa. Swap it out for coconut milk for a unique taste experience that's got more than a hint of tropical flavor. Almond milk is another popular alternative for those who are dairy-free.
A peppermint candy cane swirled into hot chocolate will give it a subtle, sweet minty flavor, in addition to functioning as a stirring stick. You can also add a small drop of mint extract to the hot cocoa, just keep in mind that it will be more potent.
Chocolate and peanut butter are like good friends, they always go well together. Stir a spoonful of peanut butter directly into your hot cocoa for a rich, creamy experience.
Like the hot stuff? Chocolate and pepper pair fantastically. Add a small amount of jalapeno (habanero or cayenne if you're brave) to your next cup of hot cocoa for a little heat and bite. Just make sure to go easy on the pepper: the heat of the hot cocoa will warm the spice, making it a little hotter than you might expect.
Have you ever had orange-flavored chocolate? While just dropping orange juice into a hot cocoa mix isn't likely to yield fantastic results, tossing an orange peel into your drink is. This will give your hot cocoa a light, citrus-y taste.