Blustery weather isn't all bad news. After all, it can lead to all sorts of wonderful things, like snow days, sledding — and the excuse to get cozy inside with a cup of hot chocolate, snuggle up and watch a movie.
Even if it's not chilly where you live, but you're still craving a comforting drink, you can always just say you're celebrating National Hot Chocolate Day, which is Jan. 31. But shouldn't winter really be National Hot Chocolate Season anyway? We think so.
Here are seven of our favorite easy recipes for mugs of the sweetstuff.
Make a warming treat in less than five minutes: Just dissolve Nutella (or your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread) with milk in the microwave.
Combine the rich creaminess of hot chocolate with the warm spices of gingerbread into one delicious drink.
Use your slow cooker to make the easiest hot chocolate ever, then top mugs with pre-made and frozen dollops of whipped cream.
Spice up hot chocolate with a hit of fiery jalapeños, plus fragrant cinnamon and vanilla.
Dulce de leche and sea salt give this dreamy white hot chocolate an extra punch of flavor.
Combine your cocktail and hot cocoa by spiking your Nutella hot chocolate (or any hot chocolate!) with bourbon, Frangelico, cacao rum or chocolate liqueur.
This over-the-top hot chocolate float can work as a decadent drink or wow-worthy dessert.
And don't forget last year's hot chocolate trend: Red wine hot chocolate — which is as easy as adding a splash of red wine to your hot chocolate. Yes, when it comes to wintertime drinks, you really can have it all...