How I Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate (Blogmas Day 11)

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday, I hope you’re all doing well. I’ll be honest life has been super busy lately and I’ve been quite tired. Waking up at 5:30 every morning has been an adjustment but come with lots of perks as well. For today’s Blogmas, we’re going through the exact ingredients you need to make a bomb cup of hot cocoa! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite beverages since as you guys know, I can’t control myself around sweets. I usually only drink it during the holidays, so it’s definitely something special.


So to kick it off here are the few ingredients you’ll need:

• Trader Joe’s Organic Hot Cocoa mix
• Mini marshmallows
• Whipped cream
• Mini gingerbread men
• Candy canes (normal size or minis)
Optional: Candy canes & cinnamon

One of the easiest ways to make hot chocolate is to buy packages of the mix. It’s definitely not the healthiest, but the quickest! Not to mention, I recently found this organic mix from Trader Joe’s and it’s some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Sometimes the mix packets can end up too watered down or not flavorful. However, this is my new favorite product and tastes absolutely amazing and so sweet! Pour this in a cup and add hot water to start off.


Once you have your full cup of hot chocolate in your favorite mug, take your whipped cream and pile that stuff on top! This is Christmas people, don’t hold back! Plus, the more whipped cream, the prettier the cup. Next, take your mini marshmallows and add a few to the whipped cream. These will add much more texture and look great in photos! Now for a little twist I decided to add in this year: top with a mini gingerbread man. Who doesn’t love some cookies with hot cocoa or tea??


Another couple things I will add to my hot chocolate every year is a candy cane or cinnamon. Unfortunately, I had no candy canes available to me while taking these photos, but they add the perfect amount of peppermint to any cup. If you have mini candy canes, toss those right into the hot chocolate and let them sit. If you have a normal sized one, let it sit beautifully out the side of the cup. The minty taste will always remind you of the Christmas season and is so refreshing! Cinnamon of course is the perfect touch to any holiday beverage, even cider!

I love adding all these Christmasy ingredients to my hot chocolate, especially when I’m sitting down for a movie in front of the fireplace. We don’t get snowy nights here in California, but it’s fun to imagine that we do! What do you guys top your hot chocolate with?? Let me know down in the comments! xx


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  1. December 11, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    Seems easy to process. I will try to make it today.

    • December 22, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Hope you like it!

  2. December 12, 2018 / 1:26 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I never tried it with candy cane, but it must taste really delicious.

    • December 22, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      It really is so delicious and minty! So great for the holidays!

  3. December 12, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    your mug is so cute! i love adding some baileys & a candy cane is always good for some minty flavor. your hot chocolate looks absolutely delicious 💖

    • December 22, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks so much girl! Omg I bet baileys would be great in hot chocolate. Such a good idea!

  4. December 12, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Love all the add-ons! This recipe makes for one special cup 😻

    • December 22, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      Haha so glad you think so!! You won’t want your hot chocolate any other way after this! xx

  5. December 23, 2018 / 6:01 am

    I love hot chocolates but have never thought about adding a gingerbread man to them – that is such a cute idea! I love the peppermint candy cane idea too. My favourite hot chocolate brand has to be Cadbury’s but I know America do not stock Cadbury’s sadly. xx

    • December 24, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Haha it’s the first year I’ve added a little gingerbread man! I feel like they go super well with hot chocolate! And omg I had cadbury’s chocolate when I was in London and I’d LOVE to try their hot cocoa! So sad they don’t sell it here 🙁

      • December 28, 2018 / 11:52 am

        Apparently there are people who smuggle it in, who knew it was such a controversial brand?! xx

        • December 29, 2018 / 8:55 pm

          Hahaha people be crazy!

  6. December 23, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Wow it sounds so goood!! 😍 I love putting a ton of mini marshmallows on my hot chocolate haha

    • December 24, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      It’s seriously SO good! xx

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