• National Hot Chocolate Day is loved by Americans
  • Below are some delicious recipes you can try to celebrate the occasion
  • Try making decadent hot chocolate from scratch

Hot chocolate is the drink that brings back memories from childhood and cold winter days. The day Jan. 31 is observed as National Hot Chocolate Day, which is perfect to enjoy the classic drink.

January seems to be giving us a lot of excuses to enjoy chocolate because National Hot Chocolate Day is celebrated on the last day of the month, just days after National Chocolate Cake Day.

Whether you prefer hot chocolate with a topping of marshmallows or a dash of cinnamon, there are so many ways to relish the beverage. These days, however, many people just enjoy the drink by buying from stores or making them at home from packets of dry mix.

On National Hot Chocolate Day, why don't you try making decadent hot chocolate from scratch? Here are some delicious recipes you can try to celebrate the occasion:

Brownie Batter Hot Chocolate

Yes, this recipe comes from a packet, but not a hot chocolate packet. As suggested by its name, this recipe calls for a brownie mix. Apart from the usual brown sugar and chocolate chips, this Delish recipe's sweetness will also come from 1/4 cup of brownie mix, giving it double the chocolate goodness.

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you're looking for ways to give the hot chocolate a little kick, you can try this recipe for a Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate from Ambitious Kitchen. This recipe makes a divine hot chocolate drink using a mix of almond and coconut milk. You can spice it up with cinnamon and red cayenne pepper.

Butterbeer Hot Chocolate

Harry Potter fan or not, you may want to enjoy this creamy butterbeer hot chocolate recipe by Delish. For this recipe, you will swap the usual chocolate with white chocolate chips, and add melted butter and butterscotch chips for that rich, buttery taste.

Minty Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Those who still have leftover eggnog from the holidays, or just really love eggnog regardless of the occasion, may want to try this Minty Eggnog Hot Chocolate recipe from All Recipes. For this recipe, eggnog will be added to the mix, along with the minty flavor from mint-chocolate.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

What better to pair with hot chocolate than peanut butter? This recipe from Nutmeg Nanny calls for usual semisweet chocolate and whole milk but don't forget to add a generous dollop of peanut butter to make the pair taste great. Top it with whipping cream, chocolate syrup, and even more peanut butter, and you're good to go.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

This recipe from Gimme Some Oven also ditches the traditional chocolate chips for white chocolate. Peppermint extract adds a splash of minty flavor to the mix, while a topping of whipped cream and crushed peppermints completes the drink.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

This recipe from Polka Dot Made is a little bit more for grown-ups as it calls for 45ml of Original Baileys Irish Cream. Part hot chocolate with a dash of booze, this recipe will surely give the grown-ups that nostalgic feeling that comes with hot chocolate, but with a bit of a kick.

On this National Hot Chocolate Day, give yourself the perfect excuse to enjoy a cup or two of chocolatey goodness.

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