Winter is coming! Which means it’s hot chocolate season. If you’re tired of boring old hot chocolate with marshmallows, here are 10 different ingredients you can add to the saucepan to change it up.

1. Peanut Butter

If Halloween last week reminded you just how well peanut butter and chocolate go together, then this one is for you. In this recipe, you add a few dollops of regular, creamy peanut butter right into your saucepan along with the chocolate.

2. Nutella

For a hazelnut flavor, mix some nutella into the saucepan. This one goes best with a whipped cream garnish.

3. Maple Syrup

For a New England twist on cocoa, add a couple teaspoons of maple syrup. If you need an extra kick, a couple pinches of nutmeg will do.

4. Cinnamon

A mere teaspoon of cinnamon in a saucepan of hot chocolate is all it takes to create a delicious mix of cinnamon hot chocolate.

5. Oreos

You’ll need a food processor or blender to chop up around four oreos until they are the texture of sugar. Add it to the hot chocolate mix, then top with whipped cream and more crushed oreos.

6. Peppermint

For a batch of peppermint hot chocolate, all it takes is three drops of peppermint oil and a pinch of salt.

7. Ginger

To make hot cocoa taste like gingerbread, add one piece of ginger, ten cloves, and two cinnamon sticks while cooking.

8. Chili Powder

If you really want to spice up the beverage, whip up a batch of Mexican hot chocolate. This includes a little bit of ground cinnamon and a pinch of chili powder.

9. Booze

There are so many different types of alcohol that go well in hot chocolate. Some options include brandy, Kahlua, peppermint schnapps, raspberry liqueur, tequila, amaretto, and Bailey’s Irish Creme.

10. Cherry

For a full batch of hot chocolate to taste like cherry, it takes a few tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice.

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