Hot chocolate is always a requisite to get us through winters here in the Northeast. And while Nemo didn’t quite pack the punch that we thought it might here in NYC, it’s still been reason enough to bundle up for a snowball fight or hunker down for a cozy day in. (Or maybe one following the other.) No matter how you play it, hot chocolate is in order. And not just any old hot chocolate, either.

These 6 hot chocolate recipes are worthy way to enjoy winter just a wee bit more. And don’t worry if there isn’t any snow by you. These hot chocolate recipes are most definitely good enough to follow suit even if you weren’t in Nemo’s path.

Related: How to make perfect hot chocolate from scratch.


SNOMG (I couldn’t resist), I am freaking out about this insanely delicious looking Coconut Hot Chocolate (above) from How Sweet It Is. And the best part is that you can make it in a crockpot. Blowing. My. Mind.


Best hot chocolate recipes: Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Still have a can of pumpkin puree hanging around from Thanksgiving? Time to use it up in this recipe for Pumpkin Hot Chocolate from Laura’s Sweet Spot. Heat milk, whisk in chocolate, pumpkin and spices, and enjoy!

Best hot chocolate recipes: Ginger Hot Chocolate
While we’re bringing back holiday flavors, sipping on Ginger Hot Chocolate is like getting a warm (chocolatey!) hug. This ginger hot chocolate recipe from Minimalist Baker uses freshly grated ginger. If you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand, try this ginger hot chocolate mix using ground ginger from my own site, One Hungry Mama.


Best hot chocolate recipes: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
What’s better than salted caramel? Salted caramel with chocolate, of course! Enjoy the two together in this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from A Beautiful Mess. If you don’t have–or plan on going out to get–a chocolate caramel bar, use a storebought caramel sauce (or dulce de leche!) or make a homemade caramel sauce. It’s way easier than you think.

Best hot chocolate recipes: Mayan Hot Chocolate
I love my hot chocolate with a wee bit of spice like in this Mayan hot chocolate recipe from Hello Giggles. It has the perfect balance of sweet chocolate and warming cinnamon and cayenne. Yes, cayenne! Trust me. It’s genius and not too spicy for the kids, either.

Best hot chocolate recipes: White Hot Chocolate
There’s no more appropriate warm chocolate drink to enjoy in honor of a snowstorm than this White Hot Chocolate from An Edible Mosaic. This gorgeous drink looks like a blizzard in a cup, but is way more warm and comforting. And more delicious, too.