Holiday Hot Chocolate : The Cozy, Warm Feeling

December of ever year brings holiday drinks from all coffeeshop chains and this year is sure to have many, many people trying out all the drinks that are out on offer. Holiday menus have been out now with seasonal drinks and baked goods along with new festive cups! Candy Cane Hot Chocolate and Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream and peppermint bark. Yummy. Merry and cheerful new holiday designs adorn the hot beverage cups, donut boxes and delivery bags and feature a modern expression of classic holiday characters designed to evoke childhood nostalgia and warm memories.

Hot cocoa and hot chocolate are usually drunk on their own with decadent toppings, such as whipped cream and marshmallows. Yet, the hot beverage’s ability to pair with other flavors is far greater than it is usually given credit for. Though hot cocoa is typically associated as a sweet comforting drink for a cozy night cuddled up on the couch or by the fire, it really does work well with a variety of foods. Certain salty, sweet, and tangy foods are all great options for pairing with hot chocolate. Sweet foods can be paired with hot chocolate in moderation. Generally, the best sweet food pairings for hot chocolate are sweets with a pronounced flavor, such as mint—anything with peppermint, such as mints, chocolates, candy canes, etc., are a great choice. Marshmallows are a huge hit with people of all ages.

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