Wool blankets and hot cocoa go together like peanut butter and jelly. We have had plenty of trial and errors experimenting different hot cocoa recipes. Whether we’re curled up on the porch of our country home or finishing a strenuous backcountry hike somewhere adventurous, a mug of hot cocoa while wrapped up in my favorite gray wool blanket is always good for the soul. Below are some of our favorite recipes that we have perfected over the years.
S'mores Hot Cocoa
As you are boiling up some water for your hot chocolate, roast two marshmallows until they are warm and gooey. Mix your hot chocolate and put those two marshmallows right into it. Stir this for a little bit. The marshmallows will melt in the heat, but it will also mix the sweetened, almost burned flavors into your cup while making it a bit thicker.
Orange Cream Hot Cocoa
You can either mix this at home and bring it along or you can just do it at the campsite. All you need is your regular hot chocolate mix, instant vanilla pudding, and instant orange pudding. Add a tablespoon of the vanilla pudding mix and a teaspoon of the orange pudding mix to your serving of hot cocoa mix. Once mixed, you’ll have a warm drink that is tasty and creamy, with just a hint of orange.
Mocha Hot Cocoa
This is a perfect hot chocolate drink to begin the day. Take your favorite milk hot chocolate recipe and add one serving of instant coffee, one teaspoon powdered milk, and one teaspoon instant vanilla pudding per serving. Make as much as you want and bring it to the campsite. Once boiled, just add eight fluid ounces of boiling water to a serving and mix. This morning kick will wake you right up.
Double Mint Hot Cocoa
Prepare your favorite hot chocolate as usual. As you mix, add one peppermint patty, then stir this with a candy cane. The peppermint patty mixes and dissolves deep into the hot chocolate and gives a clean mint flavor while the candy cane gives it the sweetness to balance it out.
Spicy Hot Cocoa
Heat from cayenne peppers heightens the flavors deep within chocolate. At home, take your favorite instant hot chocolate mix and add one teaspoon powdered milk, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Bring this to the campsite and fire up your camping stove. It may not seem like much, but these ingredients will take your hot chocolate mix and amplify it to the next level. Add 8 ounces of boiling water to the mix and stir well.