Hot chocolate is a staple in many households, especially as the weather begins to shift into fall and winter.  For those who enjoy hot chocolate, you can add to the experience by adding some personal style to the treat.  Whether you use a special mug, add a secret ingredient, or enjoy it in a personally designed space, there is no reason you can’t take your hot chocolate experience to the next level.

Have fun with Your Mug

There are so many mugs to choose from, you are sure to find one (or a few!) that speak to you personally.  Maybe you appreciate the designs by author and designer Karen Salmansohn or look for unique representation of your favorite cartoon characters. Some businesses allow you to customize mugs with your favorite photographs.  This can allow you to add your favorite people or places to your ideal mug, creating a one of a kind piece just for you to enjoy.  You can also use certain materials to paint or draw on a mugs surface, allowing you to create whatever comes to mind. Whether you use a mug to celebrate your favorite sports team, pets, or the people you care about most, selecting a great mug can instantly up the style of your hot chocolate experience.

Get Creative with Flavor

While classic hot chocolate is great, there are some fun flavors that you can use to elevate the experience to a whole new level.  A hint of caramel or vanilla can make a cup of hot chocolate feel especially rich and decadent.  If you are looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, consider adding a spoonful of creamy peanut butter to add something new to the mix. For those who prefer something even more adventurous, consider adding a bit of cayenne pepper to spice things up.  If you can’t get enough of pumpkin during the cooler months, you can add some to your hot chocolate to that pumpkin pie flavor to your favorite beverage. Many other add-ins can bring additional style to your drink, and can be combined to create a custom beverage designed just to your liking.  Don’t be afraid to mix flavors and find something that is uniquely you.

Create Your Space

You can give the entire experience an added boost by making sure your space helps your capture the feeling you have when drinking hot chocolate.  Maybe you like to curl up in a cushy chair with a warm blanket, or have a seat on the barstool at your counter.  If you happen to have sufficient outdoor space, maybe you would like to drink hot chocolate while sitting on a porch swing or chair on the patio.  If you have a fireplace or fire pit, consider setting up a cozy fire too. Whatever space you prefer, take the time to make it as comfortable and relaxing as possible.  This way, having a cup of hot chocolate becomes a full experience you can enjoy instead of just a drink you have.  It can be a great way to unwind after a hectic day, or a low key way to start a weekend.  Regardless of your preference, it can become a treat you give yourself whenever you need to feel recharged.  Doesn’t that sound great?  We think so.