Spiced Hot Cocoa

Wildflower Collective’s Spiced Hot Cocoa

By Michele L.

We’re officially 19 days into winter, but it feels more like 100 days. And if you’re anything like me, you need a big mug of something to take the chill off your bones and warm up your soul. This spiced cocoa is great with breakfast, a perfect afternoon pick me up, or even an after dinner treat!

For this recipe I choose to use Baker’s brand chocolate: a high quality brand used by, you guessed it, bakers. You can absolutely use any brand you like, but remember: the higher quality chocolate the more rich your cocoa will be.

The spices in this recipe serve a number of purposes. Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom (along with many others) are known as warming spices. Not only do they make the drink a step up from your everyday hot chocolate, but also add to the overall warming effect of the cocoa. They’re also a call back to last month’s holiday treats, making it feel even more special.

I recommend serving with a generous amount of whipped cream and a sprinkle of spices. This time we used good ‘ol whipped cream in a can, but you could absolutely make your own. I’ll be sharing my recipe for homemade whipped cream down the road.

So whip yourself up a batch, curl up with your coziest blanket and a good read or a binge worthy show, and feel the winter chill melt away.

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Makes 4 Cups

Prep time: 0 Minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 15 minutes 

  • 3 Cups of Milk
  • 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • 1 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger 
  • 1 pinch of salt (1/8 tsp)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (vanilla extract works as well)
  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk and half & half on medium heat to simmer—do not boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low
  3. Add the chocolate chips, spices, and pinch salt
  4. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, roughly 2-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, add vanilla
  6. Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s