9 Hot Cocoa Recipes to Keep You Warm this Cuffing Season
Ah, cuffing season- that time of year when all the single folks are scrambling to partner up for the holiday season. In part, it's probably due to the inevitable holiday dinner onslaught of rude questions about your relationship status, but it's also something about the colder weather that makes everyone want a peanut butter to their jelly.
Instead of pairing up just for the sake of pairing up, show yourself some love and snuggle up to these hot cocoa recipes (because chocolate will never let you down).
1. Unicorn Hot Chocolate
This mythical twist on classic cocoa is as magical as love is made out to be in those corny Hallmark movies. Who needs to ride a horse off into the sunset with Prince Charming when you can have a unicorn-inspired treat right from the comfort of your home?
2. Alcoholic Hot Chocolate
This recipe gives new meaning to the phrase getting "chocolate wasted." This red wine-infused adult hot cocoa is perfect for a sophisticated night in or a holiday party.
3. Spicy Spanish Hot Chocolate
Spice up your (hot chocolate) love life with this cocoa. Hot (and not just in temperature) and rich, this drink is everything you deserve in a mug.
4. Ben & Jerry's Hot Cocoa
Ben and Jerry are the only men you need in your life anyways, so upgrade your hot cocoa with their ice cream for a rich winter treat. It really is never too cold for ice cream.
#SpoonTip: Vegan? Use the nondairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie pint instead.
5. Boozy Vodka Hot Cocoa
If wine isn't your thing, try this spiked cocoa and have a party for one. Or use it for a game. Every time Aunt Edna asks if you're seeing anyone, take a shot of some of this (but drink responsibly, of course).
6. French Hot Chocolate
Transport yourself to the city of love with this simple, French hot chocolate. Why have FOMO looking at all the travel blogs on Instagram when you can spend your study break taking your tastebuds on an adventure?
7. Healthier Hot Chocolate
Single? No problem- coconut oil fixes everything. With this nutrient-rich cocoa, you can feel like a health goddess (or god) all while still being a couch potato. Because yes, you do need to watch Love Actually for the fifth time this month.
8. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin spice season knows no limits. Show your basic side some love with this plant-based hot cocoa all winter long.
9. Dairy-Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Skip the Peppermint Mocha and enjoy the festive flavor of peppermint in a mug at home. Your wallet will thank you.
#SpoonTip: If you are vegan and still want whipped cream (because it makes everything better), try So Delicious or Trader Joe's coconut versions, or make your own.
Being single during the holidays doesn't have to suck. Make yourself a warm hug in a mug and remember that you are your own greatest gift. Oh, and don't forget the marshmallows.