What better way is there to warm up on a cold winter’s day than snuggling up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate?
Customers go crazy for a classic hot chocolate with a swirl of whipped cream, topped with sticky marshmallows but there are so many other hot chocolate drinks you can offer – after all, who doesn’t love chocolate?
Creating an exciting hot chocolate menu is easy – all you need is a few other ingredients, and you can indulge your customers with a variety of options. Try spicing things up with a touch of chilli, or add a spoonful of mint ice cream to blast away the winter chills.
For more ideas take a look at our top tips:
- Dare to be different
For true indulgence offer white hot chocolate. We love Kokoa Collection – an award winning hot chocolate that uses only the best cocoa beans. There are five flavours to choose from, including white Ivory Coast chocolate made with sweet creamy natural vanilla. Kokoa’s stylish hot chocolate jars will also look tantalizingly eye-catching on display!
- Extend your range
Syrups come in all sorts of flavours – simply add them to your base hot chocolate and you instantly extend your hot chocolate menu. You can also use syrups in lots of other drinks, extending your drinks menu even further. We recommend these for hot chocolate – add in one pump and you’re good to go:
- French Nougat
- Salted Caramel
- Hot ‘n’ spicy or refreshing and cool
Syrups are hugely diverse, but they’re not your only option for adding extra flavours. Add chilli, cinnamon, vanilla and dark brown sugar to create a traditional ‘Aztec’ hot chocolate, or keep it simple with a scoop of peanut butter for a sweet and salty taste. Mint ice cream is another great option, and adds a refreshing bite to any hot chocolate.
- It looks good enough to drink!
Presentation is just as important as taste – customers are more likely to order a hot chocolate if it comes with all the trimmings: whipped cream and marshmallows. For a change, try marshmallow foam or serve your hot chocolate in a stylish mug or on a board of chocolate shavings.
- Something for everyone
Try to cater for as many different needs as you can. Offer a 50% less sugar hot chocolate option and, for customers that are lactose intolerant or vegan, offer almond or coconut milk as a great tasty alternative. There are lots of different Fairtrade hot chocolates you can buy which your customers will love.
- A drink for all seasons
With autumn on its way Pumpkin Spice Lattes are always a firm favourite, so why not offer Pumpkin Spice hot chocolate? It tastes great, fits in with this seasonal trend and means you can use your pumpkin spice in more of your drinks
These are just a few ideas to add a creative twist to a classic hot chocolate drink. We hope we’ve encouraged you to develop your hot chocolate menu, but if you do want more information, click here to see our chocolate page. If you’re already experimenting with your hot chocolate range, we’d love to hear your ideas, recipes and what flavours have been a hit with your customers. Please leave us a comment.
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