Winter’s here, which means more and more cold days and nights that demand a bit of extra comfort. And one piece of the winter coziness is none other than the classic cup of hot chocolate!

Hot chocolate is the perfect drink for the wintertime, as it not only warms you up, but you can also enjoy it with the entire family, no matter their age. It’s the favorite drink of many, but do you know why?

Because it’s very versatile. Ask anyone about their favorite hot chocolate recipes, and you’ll likely be met with a variety of options, from the simple dark chocolate ones to the intricate spice-infused chocolates.

At The Original Pancake House, we love ourselves some unique hot chocolate, so we’ve gathered a few unique recipes you can try out right now.


Creative Hot Chocolate Recipes to Keep You Warm

It’s easy to experiment with this drink and create your own fun hot chocolate recipes, but if you need a bit of help, here are our 5 top creative recipes to get you started:

  1. Malted Hot Chocolate

This recipe is all about combining the homemade chocolate mix with delicious marshmallows. But, the secret here lies in the additional malted milk powder that gives the beverage a nice, nutty flavor and natural sweetness.

  1. Vanilla Mocha Hot Cocoa

A truly creative hot chocolate beverage, this recipe packs two surprising ingredients compared to classic hot chocolate: maple syrup, and instant coffee. Combined with the cocoa, vanilla, and dark chocolate, you’ll get the perfect balance of sweet and bitter!

  1. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut butter and chocolate are a winning combination in any dessert, and this recipe puts it into a warm cup of goodness. You’ll need a blender to make this one, and ensure the beverage turns out smooth and creamy!

  1. White Hot Chocolate

Dark and milk chocolates are the go-to, but let’s not get stuck on these two options. This creative white hot chocolate recipe with a citric twist proves white chocolate can hold its own in the competition.

  1. Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Even pre-packaged hot chocolate mixes can have powdered milk, which can be a problem for those who prefer not to eat dairy. But, give this dairy-free recipe a shot, which replaces regular milk with almond milk, and adds a fruity topping.

You can play with the recipe and opt for other types of milk, like oats or coconut to see which is the winning combination for you.


Try the Original Pancake House Recipes

Hot chocolate is everywhere this time of year, from cafes to restaurants or hotels, and the Original Pancake House is no exception!

Stop by our Cherry Hills or DTC location on the weekends or on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day from 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Warm up with our signature hot chocolate and enjoy some delicious breakfast while you’re at it!

Save a spot in line by joining our Yelp Waitlist or order online for pickup.