It’s the most hot-chocolatey tiiiiime of the year…..isn’t that how the song goes? Well, maybe it should. As I was in the middle of making this Nutella hot chocolate a few weeks ago, I got to thinking, “Man, I bet gingerbread hot chocolate would be great too.” Turns out, I was right!
After a little digging, I found that it seems to work best if you make a gingerbread syrup first and add that to your milk. (Maybe because all those spices don’t dissolve as well as some other things?) So that’s the route that I went.
I added a little more variety of spices to my mix, and I think it gives it a bigger flavor profile. Pro tip- pair this with our spicy gingerbread cookies and embrace all the holiday gingerbread flavors together.
Gingerbread Syrup, makes about 3/4 cup.
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Hot Chocolate, serves 2
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 teaspoons sugar
For the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan, mix well, and bring to a light boil over medium heat. Turn the mixture down to low-medium heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. It should thicken over time and become like a maple syrup consistency.
When the syrup is done, warm the milk over low heat and add in the sugar, cocoa powder, and syrup. Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired. Refrigerate any leftover syrup in an airtight container.
You can vary the amount of cocoa powder, sugar, and syrup levels to your particular liking. You could also use this syrup in a latte or a cocktail as well.
Last weekend I had a few friends over, and we made my husband’s family Christmas cookie recipe and drank Nutella hot chocolate, but oh man, this would have been a great choice too! It’s recipes like this that keep my chin up through the cold winters here in Missouri. Hope you’ll give it a try! xo. Laura
P.S. If you love gingerbread, try my spiced gingerbread waffles for a holiday brunch or try our Easy Tea Bomb Recipe for a creative fun way to drink tea!
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- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened )
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- For the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan, mix well, and bring to a light boil over medium heat. Turn the mixture down to low-medium heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. It should thicken over time and become like a maple syrup consistency.
- When the syrup is done, warm the milk over low heat and add in the sugar, cocoa powder, and syrup. Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired. Refrigerate any leftover syrup in an airtight container.
Thank you so much for this recipe. It was so simple, and all things I have in my cupboard after I finally got a spice rack sorted out this year (at the age of 37!). I’ve had the syrup in a latte and your hot chocolate recipe and they’re both delicious.
Oh my goodness! This is such a genius and delicious idea. <3
This sounds good. I made your Nutella hot chocolate the other night and it was a big party hit!
Yum looks delicious!
YUM. What a great idea! I love these two flavors together.
yummy! and i love that mug!
I did a whole week of gingerbread on my blog during the first week of December and I made a gingerbread hot chocolate using a gingerbread syrup too. I also made gingerbread cookies, gingerbread syrup (with grated fresh ginger), gingerbread cocktail (which I named “the tipsy gingerbread man”), and a gingerbread cafe au lait. The cocktail was probably my favorite! http://racheerachheats.blogspot.com/2014/12/gingerbread-cocktail-tipsy-gingerbread.html
Funny, I posted my recipe for gingerbread syrup yesterday! I’ve just been adding it to coffee in the morning though, why have I not though of this?
Looks great! What a lovely post, these look adorable!
That looks so good
Oooh I’m so gonna have to try this! I’m not very adventurous when it comes to hot chocolate, so I’m definitely gonna have to push the boat out and try this! love love looove this. 🙂
That looks very delicious!
X Willemijn Sofie
Amsterdam So Fashion
Looks so good, might need to go make some cocoa now!! Your little Gingerbread men are super cute too!
Oh this looks amazing! I live on hot chocolate all winter. I love that the syrup will last me more than just one cup!
Fashion latte with vanilla
Gingerbread cookies are not usually my favorite but oh my.. those gingerbread cookies look DELISH! Hope you are planning on sharing that recipe!
this looks yum..
absolutely looks yum!!
Homemade hot chocolate is the best and the fact that this has gingerbread is amazing.