If you survived the snowstorm of Monday, congrations! But it's still so cold. Unfortunately, we live in Illinois where the winters are icy and brutal. Though this is pretty bad and already making us long for spring, it's only going to get worse. I wouldn't be so bleak if I didn't have a solution, however. This week's DIY is hot chocolate! The perfect beverage to with which to keep warm on a cold evening. Walking to class in 10° weather is less than ideal, but it becomes so much better with a thermos of hot chocolate. 

Here are four hot chocolate recipes to make when the weather gets to be unbearably cold! (Also, feel free to stop by our office at 615 S Wright to grab a cup of coffee of cocoa on your way to class!)

Classic Hot Cocoa

This is the Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" recipe. It's simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. Unlike some of the other recipes on this list, which use chocolate and cocoa powder, this one only requires cocoa to make it chocolatey. All you need to make this recipe is Hershey's cocoa powder, sugar, milk, water, a bit of salt, and vanilla extract. Find the full recipe here!

White Hot Chocolate

White chocolate is either people's favorite type of chocolate or their most hated. It's technically not even considered real chocolate, but it does make for good hot chocolate! The is a newer take on hot chocolate and is a fun recipe to try. All you will need to make this creamy beverage, courtesy of Celebrating Sweet, is good quality white chocolate, milk, and vanilla extract. Click here for instructions on how to make it!

Vegan Hot Chocolate

Dairy-free and vegan friendly, Connoisseurus Veg has created a tasty hot chocolate with a kick. Non-dairy milk, vegan chocolate chips, maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper (if you dare), are required for this recipe. Top it off with vegan marshmallows, and you're ready to enjoy! Follow this link to learn how to make it. 

Spiked Hot Chocolate

At the end of a long week, some like to unwind with a drink. Well, combine alcohol with hot chocolate, and make it the best evening at home! (Please consume responsibly) This recipe, again from Celebrating Sweet, calls for milk, cocoa powder, sugar, semisweet chocolate chips, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and Bailey's Original or Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream. 

Toppings & Add-Ins

Here some additions to take any cup of hot chocolate to the next level.

  • Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint Extract 
  • Espresso Shot
  • Mint Leaves
  • Chilli Pepper
  • Ground Ginger
  • Candy Canes
  • Flavored Marshmallows 
  • Whiskey
  • Sprinkles
  • Orange Zest
  • Coconut Flakes 
  • Peppermint or Cinnamon Schnapps 
  • Caramel Sauce 

The list goes on... Try making homemade hot chocolate this week!