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Triple Chocolate Amaretto Hot Cocoa Recipe


I am a chocoholic, if you read my blog you know. It is my one major indulgence.

So now that it's getting colder, I wanted to post a hot cocoa recipe, but turn it up a notch. First, I added some amaretto to make it a little more "grownup." Then I put homemade chocolate whipped cream on top and finished it off with shaved dark chocolate, hence the triple threat. (I also added a few almond slivers and coconut shreds to give it texture.) One word... decadent!



For the Hot Chocolate

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Amaretto
For the Chocolate Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
For the Topping
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut


Over low heat, warm 1 cup of milk. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt and whisk until they are dissolved. Turn the heat up to medium, and add the remaining 3 cups of milk, stir until it is hot enough to serve. Take the pan off the heat and add the vanilla and Amaretto.

To make the chocolate whipped cream, mix the cocoa with a couple tablespoons of the cream. Stir with a spoon, pressing out any lumps until you have a smooth chocolate paste. Add the remaining milk, and sugar, and beat with an electric mixer on high for 2-3 minutes until you have a nice peaky texture. You can refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Pour the hot chocolate into the serving cups. Spoon on a some of the chocolate whipped cream, then use a grater or zester to add some of the dark chocolate. Finish with a few slivers of almond and some shredded coconut.

Makes 4-6 cups.


My chocolate whipped cream.


Have fun indulging!


FREE Holiday Party Printables from Giggles & Grace Designs

If winter makes you think of hot cocoa, then have I got the printable collection for you! This "Baby It's Cold Outside" set was designed by Belinda from Giggles & Grace Designs. This collection has everything you need to throw a toasty holiday party including a hot cocoa bar!

The collection includes: invitations, a hot cocoa bar sign, party circles, a "Baby It's Cold Outside" sign, drink flags, hot cocoa bar signs, blank food signs, hanging gift tags, and a "Warm Up" banner.


Take a look at the individual files here...

Thanks, Belinda for such a warm and fun collection!

To learn more about Belinda and Giggles & Grace Designs please visit her Etsy shop and Facebook page.

Also, to get you thinking about Christmas, check out these fantastic Christmas Parties on our site.


TRENDS: Holiday Party Hot Cocoa Bars

I'm so into hot cocoa bars this year because they're warm, tasty, inexpensive, and best of all... unexpected. Stealing from the traditional ice cream bar idea, a hot cocoa bar is where you set out cups of hot cocoa (or a carafe) and a selection of toppings and let your guests go to town.

For kids, I recommend putting out a variety of candy toppings (flavored marshmallows, crushed peppermint, M&Ms, etc.), and for adults, you can kick it up a notch by putting out some delicious liqueurs. Take a look at some of these fantastic ideas we've seen.

Paula from Frog Prince Paperie puts an elegant spin on her hot cocoa bar with an assortment of hot chocolates on a stick.


Kori from Paper & Pigtails calls her hot cocoa, "snowman's soup," and creates a whole party around it, including giving out snowman's soup hot cocoa as party favors.


Amanda from Shindig Parties to Go creates this hot cocoa bar for her Candy Christmas Party with a lot of DIY details including that dapper snowman.


Smita from The Party Wall creates a Winter Warmer Party in hues of blue and silver with a  hot cocoa bar featuring flavored vanilla and hazelnut syrups. Yum.


I hope to show off more of your hot cocoa bars this winter. Stay warm and have fun!

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