Chilly evenings cry out for a warm mug of hot chocolate. It is time to rescue your neglected sachets and jars wedged in the back of the cupboard! Add a bit of flare to your instant hot chocolate and then sit down in front of a cosy fire, and enjoy!
1 – Ice Cream
It may sound weird to put something cold in your hot drink, but a scoop of ice cream can make your hot chocolate creamy and thick. Get your hot chocolate as hot as possible before scooping in some ice cream.
2 – Caramel
Caramel is an autumn and winter favourite, and a table spoon of caramel can add wonders. Spoon in your favourite brand and stir it well, before taking your first sip.
3 – Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Vanilla
These flavours are usually associated with the Christmas season. So add a ¼ teaspoon of any of these flavours to add a festive punch.
4 – Orange
Carve three 2-inch long strips of orange skin and let them rest in your drink. The citrus flavour will be a delight.
5 – Espresso or Coffee
If you are a caffeine addict, adding espresso or coffee to your drink will be right up your street. Just add a tablespoon of freshly brewed coffee or espresso, or just add some instant!
6 – Peppermint
Drop in a peppermint stick to add a cool minty flavour to your drink. You can even drop in a peppermint sweet or chocolate for a minty kick!
7 – Chocolate Shavings
Get a chocolate bar and grate it on to the top of your hot chocolate. Sprinkling a few shreds can make all the difference to your drink, or on the whipped cream on top of it!
8 – Peanut Butter
If you love peanut butter, take a tablespoon or two and mix it into your drink. Just be sure to use the smooth kind, and mix it until it melts.
9 – Hot Sauce
If you like things spicy, add a small amount of Tabasco or hot sauce to your drink. A dash of this will kick your hot chocolate into high gear.
10 – Hot Cherries
Maraschino cherries are something which the majority of people have lurking in their cupboards. Just drop two or three teaspoons of the juice into your drink, along with a cherry.
11 – Coconut milk
If you don’t want to leave summer behind just yet, substitute some of the milk required with coconut milk, for a tropical twist.
12 – Maple Syrup
Just squirt some maple syrup into your drink, for a quick as easy twist!
There is just something about sitting in front of the fire whilst sipping on a hot chocolate that just screams Christmas. Don’t forget to take a look at our wall mounted fires we have for sale, which will make you feel cosy this festive season.