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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Rich and creamy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate spiked with all the very best gingerbread spices. The perfect festive drink!

I feel like I might be in denial that there’s only 2 and ½ weeks until Christmas. I mean, I’m going through the motions; buying presents, writing cards, baking festive dessert… BUT in my head I’m like “Noooo, we just celebrated New Year, right?”

I can’t be the only one who cannot comprehend that this year is almost over?! I know I say it every year, but it really is like time speeds up. This year has been the quickest by far! It’s ridiculous!

In some ways I’ll be glad to wave goodbye to 2016 and it does mean that our wedding is getting closer and closer which is exciting, but I’d just like time to slow down a little now please?

Anyway, when it’s cold out, I love to stay indoors and get cosy on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate. So, I thought I’d make a festive version: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate!

Because there’s only one way to make hot chocolate better and that’s to make it Christmassy!

I made a rich hot chocolate and then added plenty of gingerbread spices to make this a hot chocolate that packs a real flavour punch!

To finish off I made sure to add plenty of mini marshmallows because I am that person who cannot have hot chocolate without marshmallows haha!

The spices just make this hot chocolate out of this world! You get that tingle on your tongue from the ginger and the contrast of the sweetness from the marshmallows I sprinkled on the top.

This beverage truly is the perfect balance between sweet and spicy!

Serve with gingerbread men cookies, sit back and enjoy!

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Rich and creamy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate spiked with all the very best gingerbread spices. The perfect festive drink!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Annie S


  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tbsp light brown sugar, add to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups (480ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mini marshmallows/gingerbread men/whipped cream, to serve, optional


  1. Place the cocoa powder, sugar, salt and spices into a medium sized pan and whisk together briefly.
  2. Turn the heat on low-medium and then gradually add the milk, whisking as you go, until there are no lumps of cocoa powder in the mixture.
  3. Bring to a simmer, being careful not to boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Divide between two mugs and top with whipped cream/marshmallows, if desired.
  5. Serve with a gingerbread man cookie and enjoy!

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Annie N

Recipe developer, food photographer, make up and skincare addict, lover of tennis and motorsport.

View Comments

  • Saw this on facebook and had to come over to check it out! This looks delicious!

  • Next time I make cocoa, I definitely have to try this! Sounds so yummy!

  • This hot chocolate looks so delicious!! Also, it's so cute!!

  • YES! I love the spices in Gingerbread and think they belong in everything come winter. This is a great way to use them. Also 2016 has flown by, but I am looking forward to saying "adios 2016" too.

  • What a great way to add a bit of Christmas spirit to your cup of hot chocolate. This sounds perfectly seasoned and delicious. I will have to make a few cups for the whole gang.

  • This recipe is going to be a favorite around our house this winter! We love ginger & who doesn't like hot chocolate?

  • Your Gingerbread Hot Chocolate looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  • I know what you mean! I am completely unprepared for the Holidays this year! Can't believe Christmas is 2 weeks away! I could definitely use a nice cup of this Gingerbread Hot Cocoa right now. I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow this morning and it would definitely hit the spot!

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