Seven hot chocolate variations

hot chocolateHere at the Wholesale Coffee Company, we’re proud to sell a wide range of coffee beans from all over the world at great wholesale prices. We’ve got a lot more strings to our bow as well though – did you know what we also sell coffee accessories such as cups, lids and stirrers, ingredients such as sugar and powdered milk and also a range of hot chocolate powder? If you like to swap your coffee for a cup of hot chocolate in the evenings, here are a ideas for a different experience.

Spice it up: Experiment with adding spices to your hot chocolate. Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg all work well, or make up a mixture of your favourites. For a more subtle flavour, add a cinnamon stick and let it infuse.

Syrups and essences: An easy way to create a different flavour is to add a shot of flavoured syrup such as peppermint or hazelnut, or try a combination such as chocolate and caramel. You can browse our range here. Alternatively, try adding flavouring essences like vanilla or orange.

Milk: If you normally make your hot chocolate with milk, try replacing your normal milk with almond or soy milk. Both are low in fat and have a sweet, nutty flavour that’s an excellent partner for hot chocolate.

Chocolate chili: For something a little more unusual, try combining chocolate and chili for an extra warming kick. Cut a chili pepper into strips, removing the seeds, and put one or two strips in the chocolate to infuse. Remove before drinking. Alternatively, use a pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper with a little ginger and cinnamon spices.

Chocolate with a kick: For the ultimate warming drink, add a dash of alcohol. Rum, Cointreau and brandy all work well, as do cream liqueurs such as Baileys. For the taste without the alcohol, try our Irish cream syrup, £7.29 for a litre.