Ahhh…hot chocolate. Nothing is quite better on those cold, winter days around the holidays. Don’t be shy when it comes to adding your favorite libations to a cup of creamy hot chocolate. Try the new Godiva Chocolate vodka, a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream, crème de menthe, Frangelica or a shot of butterscotch schnapps.  Make your own flavored marshmallows for an added treat. Try this recipe for homemade marshmallows.

There are so many options when it comes to creating a unique cup of hot cocoa. This recipe from epicurious.com is particularly delightful!

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 15 whole cardamom pods, crushed
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 2 whole star anise*
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring first 9 ingredients to simmer in heavy large saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep 20 minutes. Add cocoa powder and vanilla. Bring to simmer, whisking until blended. Strain hot chocolate into 8-cup measuring cup; discard spices. Divide hot chocolate among 6 mugs.

*Brown star-shaped seedpods sold at Asian markets and some supermarkets.

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