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10+ Ways To Top Hot Chocolate And Cocoa Drinks!

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Are you ready to kick up your hot cocoa and hot chocolate drinks? Get out of the winter rut of using the same hot chocolate toppings? Yes, Yay! Get ready to see 10 ways to top hot chocolate with these chart-topping ideas! 
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10+ Ways To Top Hot Chocolate And Cocoa Drinks!

Drink Recipes Waking up and drinking a cup of warm cocoa
But, first a quick little story. I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with winter. I hate the cold weather, high winds, frosty mornings, and scraping ice from the windows to get Sammie to school. (and I live in CA) How do my east coast friends and family manage? I just want to wrap you with a blanket and hand you a cup of hot chocolate or one of my hot drink recipes! On the flip side, I do love being indoors during cold weather warming up with a cozy blanket and sipping on a toasty hot beverage, like cocoa! Don’t you?! 

Weekends are made for pajama days and sipping hot chocolate while binge-watching shows. 

I love the weekends when Sammie and I stay in our pajamas, pick out a few movies or shows to have marathon viewings. We call days like this pajama Sam days after a game she played online when she was 4. It was a logic game where the character “Sam” was in his pajamas, she’d play the game in her pajamas. Hence the name “pajama Sam”. 
She’s still known for enjoying games on weekends in her pajamas too. Always with a cup of delicious warm hot cocoa! When she was little her favorite part of it wasn’t just the chocolaty cocoa she loved the whip cream toppings and could ask for a second cup without the cocoa when she was little. We still chuckle when we have our weekend hot chocolate drinks. Now, second cups are full of chocolaty goodness!
This just makes me wish our weekends would last longer! Slow mornings, fuzzy pets, hot cocoa…Come Monday, winter, and all we are back to our fast-paced, daily routine.

Hot Cocoa

Drink Recipes holding a cup of hot cocoa and smelling the aroma of chocolate
 What’s great for our fast-paced mornings? New cocoa that gives you the same weekend mug full of yummy hot cocoa! With its chocolaty aroma. Ready in minutes made with Starbucks® Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods. It’s rich, creamy and made with real cocoa! Only if there was smell-a- vision!

Ways To Top Hot Chocolate 

Drink Recipes Starbucks Drinks Hot Cocoa
These new pods come in two flavors classic hot cocoa and salted caramel! Um, I’m a caramel girl all the way. What about you? These are so easy to use with the Keurig® brewer. Each pod has real cocoa and non-fat milk. The results are rich, creamy, chocolaty taste, time after time. Have you tried them yet?? Below are all the ways we love to top our hot chocolate and cocoa drinks. I hope you find the perfect idea and enjoy a new way to top your hot chocolate! 

Ideas for topping hot cocoa/hot chocolate drinks

  1. Simply snow-capped? Just add whip cream.
  2. Feeling campy? Whip cream or marshmallows with sprinkles of graham crackers and mini chocolates I ” s’ more you”!
  3. Valentine crush? Crystalized pink sugar sprinkled on top. (find it in the baking section)
  4. Plain Jane? Just plain yummy marshmallow (like the handcrafted Madyson’s Handcrafted marshmallows from Starbucks)
  5. Chocolate lover? If you really love chocolate you can add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to the whipped cream.
  6. Feeling stir crazy? Add peppermint or other candy sticks to your drink. Awe, sweetness.
  7. Rule Breaker? Drizzle the top with your favorite chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, or ice cream topping. Who said rules weren’t meant to be broken?
  8. Red Hot? Add a few Red Hot Candies in and stir. Hot or not?
  9. Coconut? Add whip cream, coconut sprinkles, chocolate shavings, and finely chopped almonds Oh, joy!
  10. Need a quick start? Add a half cup of coffee to your hot chocolate. Rev me up!

What ways do you like to top your hot chocolate? 

Caramel Lover?

For my favorite, the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa the velvety cocoa with a pinch of sea salt and a dash of natural caramel flavor is all I need. Well, unless I’m feeling indulgent by topping it with whip cream. 

Or if I need a big dose of caffeine I just add coffee to my big travel mug to create a mocha joe. Let’s not forget about Starbucks caramel drizzle either! Yum to the tummy! Each cup is made with real cocoa and non-fat milk for a sweet chocolate sensation and a savory flair.

Drink Recipes Easy Recipe for Hot Cocoa

Starbucks Hot Cocoa K-Cup Pods

If you are already a Starbucks lover then you’ll love trying these two new Starbucks® Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods made with real cocoa created especially for your Keurig® brewer!
Drink Recipes Keurig Coffee Maker Starbucks Hot cocoa K Cup
Tell me: What’s your favorite recipe for hot chocolate drinks!? I have to admit we are getting a little spoiled by how convenient these hot cocoa pods are!
Drink Recipes cocoa drink ideas and starbucks coffee company contest
Sorry, this contest is over! But, Who in your house loves hot chocolate and/or Starbucks?? Do you have a daily or weekend hot chocolate ritual?

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