Winter brings snow days, cozy slippers, and (of course) mugs and mugs of hot cocoa. The next time you make this sweet beverage, try one of these genius tricks that will impress your kids, friends, or husband — trust us.
1. Mug lid cookies
Not only does this lid keep your beverage warm for longer, but it also satisfies any hunger pains you get whipping up your drink. P.S. This is just as tasty on top of a cup of tea or coffee.
2. Red wine hot chocolate
You never have to pick between curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate again. This genius recipe combines both for a wonderfully satisfying cold weather drink.
3. Delicious little mug floaters
It's easier than it sounds: Just melt chocolate chips into a muffin cup and freeze 'em until they set. Then fill the cups with your favorite treat (marshmallows, peppermint crumbles, or whipped cream) and let them float on a fresh cup of hot cocoa.
4. Adorable Christmas ornaments
These plastic ornaments filled with hot chocolate mix and the tastiest fix-ins might just be the most adorable hostess gift of all time.
5. A little salt on the rim
For a salted caramel hot chocolate, rub the rim of your mug with dulce de leche, then dip it in coarse sea salt. It's the perfect blend of sweet and salty.
6. Mini gingerbread houses
If you're looking for the cutest holiday DIY ever, we found it in the form of this tiny cookie house. But the best part is you get to eat it in the end.
7. Add homemade chocolate truffles
Instead pulling out multiple ingredients to make your cold-day beverage, all you need are these homemade truffles. Drop one into one and a half cups of hot milk, stir, and you're all set.
8. Ice cream hot chocolate floats
If you think Root Beer Floats are delicious, imagine this warm chocolate broth combined with a cold ball of vanilla ice cream. It melts into the most delicious sweet soup.
9. Snowflake-shaped marshamallows
The only thing better than marshmallows slowly melting in a mug of hot chocolate is when the white treat is shaped like a snowflake. This blogger uses Cool Whip to make her own.
10. Festive peppermint spoons
Not only are these edible spoons colorful and festive, but they also add a refreshing hint of peppermint into your sweet drink.