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Hot chocolate for the soul

Treat yo’self to a warm drink to prep for exams

Hot chocolate for the soul
Hot chocolate has no concept of stress.
written by Katlyn Pettipas
November 17, 2016 7:26 am

Everyone has bad days. Taking care of yourself might mean relaxing and enjoying the simple, yet comforting things in life. And what is more comforting than a decadent and very simple homemade hot chocolate?

Here are five different and easy-to-make hot chocolate recipes to try out:

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk

½ cup of chocolate chips

1 tsp of peppermint extract


Heat milk and peppermint in a sauce pan until it begins to simmer.

Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted.

Tip: You can use white chocolate chips and/or crushed peppermint instead of peppermint extract.


Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

1 cup of chocolate chips

½ can of coconut milk

1-2 cups of milk

Sweetened coconut


In a saucepan melt the chocolate chips into the coconut milk. Stir regularly; chocolate will melt quickly.

Gradually add 1-2 cups of milk, or until desired thickness.

Add whip cream and toasted/fried coconut when finished.

Tip: Coconut tastes great non-toasted as well.


Nutella Hot Chocolate

2 servings (share with a friend!)


2 cups of milk

1 tbsp. of Nutella

1 tbsp. of cocoa powder

1 tbsp. of sugar


Heat milk in a saucepan.

Add Nutella, cocoa powder and sugar to milk. Stir till combined and mixture begins to simmer.

Remove from heat and enjoy.

Tip: Whipped cream, hazelnuts and Nutella are all excellent toppings!


Strawberry Hot Chocolate

2 servings (share with a friend!)


4 tbsps. of butter

½ cup of granulated sugar

1 pint of strawberry ice cream

4 cups of water


Combine butter, sugar and ice cream together over medium heat. Whisk together until melted.

Whisk in water gradually, until you’ve reached desired thickness.

Heat until steaming.

Tip: I like to stir in a few white chocolate chips.


Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

2 servings (share with a friend!)


1 ½ cups of milk

½ cup of canned pumpkin puree

½ tsp of pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of ground cloves

½ tsp of vanilla

Pinch of salt

2 ounces of chopped white chocolate


Combine all ingredients (except chocolate) in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until it begins to simmer.

Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate.

Tip: Whipped cream, pumpkin spice and chocolate powder make wonderful toppings.


Enjoy these tasty drinks and take care of yourself!

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