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Style Stories | We (Heart) Hot Cocoa

It’s the perfect time of year to make homemade hot chocolate your specialty. Here are three gorgeous twists on the classic cold-weather fave.

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Chili Hot Chocolate

Serves about 5

4 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, chopped

2½ cups whole milk

1/3 cup sugar

1½ tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground chili pepper

Warm the milk in a saucepan until hot to the touch. Add the chocolate and sugar and whisk for 1-2 minutes until well blended. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and chili pepper, whisking thoroughly. Warm over low heat without bringing to a boil, and serve.

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Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

1½ cups whole milk

1½ tsp earl grey tea

6 squares of 85% dark chocolate

Warm the milk and tea leaves for ten minutes in a saucepan without bringing to a boil. Place three squares of chocolate into two mugs, and strain off the tea leaves as you pour in the milk. Stir well and serve.

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

2 cups whole milk

2 tbsp heavy cream

1/4 cup Nutella, or more, to taste

Warm the milk, cream, and Nutella in a saucepan, whisking until the spread is melted and thoroughly blended. Continue to warm over low heat without bringing to a boil, and serve.

 

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