Give us all the hot cocoa this season. We’re more than a little gaga for these hot cocoa sets by Stick With Me Sweets, a delightful chocolate shop and confectionary in NYC’s Soho, run by former Per Se patissier Susanna Yoon. We were so excited to bring you her delicious confections (for a limited time!) that we started tinkering away with different takes on our favorite seasonal beverage.
Here’s how you take your hot chocolate game to the next level.
What could be more classic than a mug of hot cocoa with a marshmallow topper? For the purists among you, the Stick With Me Sweets hot cocoa set comes with a decadent, vanilla-flecked cocoa mix and handmade marshmallows to boot. Pro-tip: use an immersion blender to mix your cocoa for a perfectly frothed drink, then pour into a Kinto mug that’s made for an ideal sipping experience.
What isn’t better with a wee nip of bourbon? We combined cocoa, warm milk and bourbon in a luminous glass espresso cup and topped with a spoonful of whipped cream. The finishing touch? We slipped in a Stick With Me Sweets caramel, which melted gently into the warm cocoa for a grand finale of a last sip.
Sometimes sweet and soothing just won’t cut it—that’s when you call in the chili powder. For our spicy hot chocolate, we combined cocoa, a pinch of red chili powder and warmed almond milk, plopped on a dollop of whipped cream and finished with a curl of orange peel and a further sprinkling of chili powder. Serve in a mug with just the right amount of snark.
Banish the cold-weather blues by heading to a tropical paradise, hot cocoa-style. Combine cocoa, warmed coconut milk and a shot of spiced rum in your mug. Top with a cinnamon stick, a little dollop of whipped coconut cream, and a scattering of dried banana slices. Bliss!
Season of mists and mellow chocolatiness, autumn in America means one thing: pumpkin spice. Our take on the most unavoidable taste of fall gets a little more creative: simmer cocoa, a few cracked cardamom pods, pumpkin pie spice and milk until fragrant, then strain into the mug of your choice. Top with a sculptural crown of maple cotton candy, though be warned—that floss will dissolve almost immediately, turning your drink into a maple-scented delight.