posted by Hollie-Anne Brooks

It’s hot chocolate season. Here’s how to do it in style.

What is it with people these days? Why is it ALL about the Pumpkin Spice Latte as soon as summer is over? Don’t people remember the Holy Grail of hot, warming drinks? We’re talking about hot chocolate, of course.

Seemingly, some folk forget about hot, melted chocolate and celebrate a bitter, milky, spicy drink instead. And, obviously, they are wrong. But don’t worry, we haven’t forgot how much joy a hot cup of cocoa can bring with mini marshmallows and a truck load of whipped cream.

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Partly to make us drool and partly to do a great service to our readers, we’ve tracked down the best hot chocolate recipes on YouTube. Just add a crackling fire, s’mores and some candles and you’re be cosy for life.

Zoella’s Chocolate Oranges

Who’d have thought of serving hot chocolate in anything other than a mug? Zoe Sugg, that’s who. This chocolate orange recipe is brilliant when you have friends over because it looks so impressive! Our top tip? Add different flavours of chocolate orange (including our personal favourite, dark chocolate orange!) for a stronger flavour.


The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

If you’re a fan of all things liquid-y, subscribe to Jamie Oliver’s DrinksTube channel which was set up in 2014 and is dedicated to the best drinks recipes around. In this video, Mike Cooper goes through how to make the ultimate batch of hot chocolate. A simple classic that everyone will like, this will make great Christmas presents when popped in jars in their powdered form.


Nutella Hot Chocolate

Kandee Johnson takes time out to combine two of our favourite things- Nutella and whipped cream. Yes, you heard that right. Forget about diets and calories, we’re all about hot Nutella goodness. Kandee even makes her own whipped cream in this video… Although it doesn’t look as fun as squirting it from a can straight into our mouths!


Vegan Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

Surprisingly, not everybody wants clogged arteries thanks to mounds of whipping cream and milk chocolate which is why this vegan recipe comes in very handy. The use of almond milk gives the drink a brilliantly nutty flavour and the lack of sugar means it’s perfect for those of you who prefer your chocolate a little richer and on the bitter side. We’ve tried this and we love it!


Ingrid Nilsen’s S’mores Hot Chocolate

What could be better than toasting marshmallows over a fire? Adding them to a hot chocolate with a peanut butter rim, of course. Ingrid’s S’mores hot chocolate is all kinds of Heaven and makes us wish it was cold and frosty all year round.


Birthday Cake Hot Chocolate

Kill us, kill us now. Birthday. Cake. Hot. Chocolate. We hereby give you permission to drink this any day of the week, whether it’s your birthday or not. Now, get shaking those sprinkles!


Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate

If, like us, you spent all your dollar on Starbucks drinks, it’s time to get crafty in the kitchen. And nothing tastes more like Christmas to us than a minty hot chocolate… No matter what time of year. Top tip? Dip a candy cane into the hot drink for extra sugary goodness.


So, that’s one recipe for every day of the week. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to die of a sugar high.