As we descend into the colder months there is one beverage that can warm you on even the chilliest nights: Hot chocolate! There are few cups quite as comforting as a rich mug of steaming hot cocoa. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your concoction, look no further! Inspired by far-flung destinations from around the world, here are the most delicious and interesting ways to get creative with your hot chocolate.
Mexicans have long enjoyed the spicy sweet bite of their very own version of hot chocolate. To make it Mexican, add a dash of cayenne pepper or chilli powder. The fiery bite will cut the sweetness and give your mug an unexpected and surprisingly rich flavor kick.
The exotic North African country of Morocco is known as the home of exotic textiles and spices. To take your tastebuds on a trip to the sands of Morocco add a cinnamon stick and an orange peel to the mix, just as the Moroccans do.
Popular in cold and snowy Switzerland, this decadent hot chocolate variation uses an unusual ingredient to make each mug extra creamy. The Viennese version includes an egg yolk! Stir in the yolk before drinking – make sure the mix is not boiling or the egg will curdle.
For a delicious and daring Canadian-inspired cup, use authentic maple syrup as your chosen sweetener. A sprinkle of sea salt is will ensure this variation will satisfy both your sweet, and savory, tooth.
Taking notes from the Brazilians, adding a spoon of instant coffee to your morning mug will make for an indulgent and oh-so-invigorating treat.
If there’s one thing that we love more than chocolate, it’s a sip of something boozy. Add a splash of cream-based liqueur or good Irish whisky to your mix for a more mature take on the yummy winter beverage.