10 Ways to Make Instant Hot Chocolate Taste Homemade

Temperatures are dropping, and that means it's time to spoil the kiddies with hot chocolate. With packs of instant hot chocolate on hand, the kids will be enticed to do their chores and eat their peas all winter long. But don't just settle for any plain old instant hot chocolate, spruce it up and make it a real treat worth working for. Extra chocolate shavings, Lucky Charms, and s'mores-topped hot chocolates can take your instant pack from average to out of this world. With endless options, there is no getting bored with a simple instant packet.

And for the adults? These few extra toppings look so good you'll be wanting one yourself, so slip a littler winter warmer into your mug for a cozy treat. These doctored up 10 tasty instant hot chocolates are sure to satisfy even the biggest chocoholic.

1. S'mores Hot Chocolate

Unfortunately, there isn't always a roaring campfire around to roast s'mores on. Luckily, someone was smart enough to invent s'mores hot chocolate.

If you don't have a creme brulée torch on hand, heat up the broiler to give your marshmallows the roasted effect. Then top with graham cracker crumbs and some extra chocolate sauce for your campfire treat.

2. Lucky Charms Marshmallows

Do you buy the instant hot chocolate with marshmallows? Well forget those tiny marshmallows and grab your cereal box because the kids will love Lucky Charms hot chocolate.

It takes as much effort to make as the instant pack. Simply grab a handful and top the hot chocolate for a special twist.

3. Churros


While the adults enjoy their coffee and biscotti, the kids can enjoy their hot chocolate and churros. Fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar is one Mexican treat that is hard to pass up. In fact, you may trade in your biscotti for a chocolate dunkable churro.

4. Extra Chocolatey Chocolate Shavings

Sometimes, you can't get enough chocolate. Grab a bar of regular and white chocolate, and shave some on top of your mug.

It's easy to do and makes it is a little more special than just sipping on an instant packet.

5. Infused Whipped Cream

Whipped cream was meant for hot chocolate. But don't use just any old whipped cream, make your own infused cream instead.

Orange, coffee, peppermint, and hazelnut all pair nicely. Whisk in your favorite flavoring and get the mugs ready for their heaping of whipped cream.

6. Mexican Hot Chocolate

Hit the spice cabinet and spruce up your instant chocolate, Mexican-style. Vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne will transform those ordinary packets into something special. Simply toss in the spices, stir, and serve.

7. Chocolate-Covered Bacon


Bacon pairs amazingly with chocolate cake. So why not add some bacon bits to your hot chocolate?

The perfect combination of salty bacon mixed the sweetness of the chocolate will take your instant packs from blah to grand. For an extra sweet kick, try chocolate covered bacon.

8. Peppermint Candy

Not sure what to do with all those boxes of candy canes? Add them to the hot chocolate.

It takes no effort and the kids will love the extra treat. It's the simply things like this that makes life a little happier.

9. Irish Hot Chocolate


Like Irish coffee? Then you will love Irish hot chocolate.

Slip in some Irish cream liquor and a shot of Jameson. It makes for an excellent dessert, not to mention night cap. And if you're feeling a little crazy, top it all with Bailey's infused whipped cream.

10. Bourbon


While the kids get marshmallows and whipped cream, make your hot chocolate the adult version. Pour in a little bourbon for an extra kick. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your evening.

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