Easy DIY
Go-Go Cocoa

When winter is dragging on and your go-to mug of hot chocolate starts looking a bit ho-hum, it’s time to start adding creativity to your cup (and we’re not just talking marshmallows or whipped cream).

Cocoa goes well with a variety of flavors, so it’s fun to experiment. Armed with a wide array of add-ins and toppings, you can make a new flavor combination for every day of the week.

Here are ten fun ideas to get you rolling:

Orange zest: Grate a little zest into your cocoa mug. Stir to let the essential oils integrate.

Peppermint sticks: Stir your cocoa with a peppermint stick, or add a chocolate-mint candy to each mug and stir to melt.

Espresso: A shot of bitterness gives cocoa a new dimension (and the power to wake you up).

Cinnamon sticks: Use whole cinnamon as stirring sticks or sprinkle ground cinnamon.

Maple syrup: Sweeten your cocoa with maple syrup for a hint of Vermont.

Liquid caramel: Stir in a spoonful for an extra-sweet and creamy cocoa experience.

Ground ginger: Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger or a shot of ginger liqueur for a little zing.

Spicy: Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne to make yours Mexican-style.

Earl grey tea: For chocolate with a hint of bergamot, make a cup of strong Earl Grey Tea, and use the liquid as your basis for cocoa.

Liquor: Not an option for the kids, but a shot of bourbon, rum or tequila can give your cocoa a party personality.

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