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How to make the drink, courtesy of the Hershey Lodge.

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It’s time to stock up on cocoa mix and marshmallows.

Cold weather is here. And nothing tastes better on a winter day than a warm cup of chocolatey goodness.

But what makes a good hot chocolate recipe?

Since the Sweetest Place on Earth is just a few miles down the road, we asked our friends in Hershey for their best hot chocolate recipes. After all, who does chocolate better than Hershey?

Here are a few fun, new ways to make your favorite winter drink this season.

Upside-Down Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons cocoa mix (To create mix, combine 1 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder and 1 cup granulated sugar.)
1 tablespoon Hershey's hot fudge or chocolate syrup
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons marshmallow fluff
Hershey's chocolate chips and whipped cream to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Heat milk and whisk in cocoa mix and Hershey's fudge or syrup until combined. Place marshmallow fluff in a mug. Then, top with hot chocolate mixture. Add whipped cream and garnish with Hershey's chocolate chips.

Yield: 1 serving

– Courtesy of Hershey Lodge

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons cocoa mix (1 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder and 1 cup granulated sugar, mixed)
1 tablespoon Hershey's hot fudge or chocolate syrup
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup half and half cream
1 cup ice cubes
Hershey's chocolate chips and whipped cream to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Mix in blender until smooth. You might need to process one to two times to chop up ice completely. Pour into your favorite frosty mug and garnish with whipped cream and Hershey's chocolate chips.

Yield: 1 serving

– Courtesy of Hershey Lodge

Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
7 ounces 70 percent Scharffenberger Dark Chocolate 
1 pinch Kosher salt 
3 cups whole milk 
2 tablespoons super fine sugar 
3 tablespoons espresso 
whipped cream to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Chop chocolate and set aside. Combine milk, sugar and coffee and bring to boil. Strain hot liquid over chopped chocolate in a bowl and stir until chocolate is completely dissolved. Serve with whipped cream. 

Yield: 5 servings

– Courtesy of The Hotel Hershey

More ways to make hot chocolate:

When it comes to chocolate, we know Hershey knows best. But some Hershey-area coffee shops and vendors also serve various flavored hot chocolates.

Makin’ Whoopie Pies, a whoopie pie vendor at Hersheypark, makes whoopie pie filling-infused hot chocolate. Flavors range from mint to chocolate mousse to peanut butter.

The Perking Point, a coffee shop at 257 Hershey Road, Hummelstown, makes a Nutella hot chocolate. Simply stir a large spoonful of Nutella, a ½ ounce of chocolate syrup and hot milk together in a glass and serve.

Looking for a different flavor? You can always add your favorite flavored syrup to any hot chocolate recipe, just like The Hershey Pantry, 801 E. Chocolate Ave. This time of year, you can find pumpkin hot chocolate at the restaurant, made with 1 ounce of DaVinci pumpkin syrup.

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