Five Twists on Hot Chocolate

Winter has settled in and groundhog Punxsutawney Phil just predicted six more weeks of this chilly weather. What better way to warm up than with a rich cup of hot chocolate? Here are four ways that some of our favorite bloggers are sprucing up the traditional recipe -- plus one of our own!

Photograph by Nigel Cox

We love this tried and true combination: milk chocolate with creamy peanut butter stirred in. Get the Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Recipe.

(Also pictured: White-Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Coconut and Rum and Dark-Chocolate Hot Cocoa.)

Bakers Royale Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Photograph by Naomi Robinson

Bakers Royale starts with a dark chocolate base, then sprinkles each cup with crushed peppermint candies. Get the Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

How Sweet Eats Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

Photograph by Jessica Merchant

Hot chocolate is topped with a sweet swirl of toasted marshmallow cream at How Sweet It Is. Get the Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Recipe

Offbeat + Inspired Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Photograph by Sarah Hauser

Offbeat + Inspired adds seeds from cardamom pods to this mixture, then whisks up some vanilla-bean whipped cream for a finishing touch. Get the Cardamom Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe

Joy The Baker Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Photograph by Joy Wilson

The secret to Joy the Baker's extra-dark hot chocolate: milked steeped with a cinnamon stick to infuse flavor. Get the Cinnamon Infused Hot Chocolate Recipe

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