Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

Winter Picnic Inspiration

When I was in college I used to go to this coffee shop that served a chocolate covered cherry mocha that I loved deeply. That was, ahem, a few years ago, and I’ve never found another coffee shop that can duplicate this dreamy drink. Inspired by the brew I once loved and lost, I created my new favorite hot chocolate: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa. No, my recipe isn’t for coffee, but dare I say it’s even better?
Winter Picnic Inspiration: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

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This heavenly recipe starts  out in the best possible way – easy. Prepare 12 oz. of piping hot cocoa using your favorite powder mix.Winter Picnic Inspiration: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

Next, add the secret ingredient – 3 T. of maraschino cherry juice. For the kiddos, just serve up this chocolate covered cherry goodness with marshmallows, or stir in a spoonful of marshmallow fluff.

For the 21+ and over crowd, pour in 2 (or more!) oz. of marshmallow flavored liqueur.  OH YES, I DID.Winter Picnic Inspiration: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

I love the idea of having a winter weather picnic in the park, or your own backyard. I placed all of my ingredients into a suitcase, instead of a traditional picnic basket. And how perfect is this vintage-inspired plaid Thermos® bottle for the occasion? I’m a sucker for the print!

Even better – the vacuum insulation technology keeps hot drinks hot (and cold drinks cold). True story: I poured it full of piping hot chocolate around noon for our picnic, but forgot about the leftover brew until dinnertime. It was still the perfect temperature! Winter Picnic Inspiration: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

What do you think of my Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa recipe? Or, are you a hot chocolate traditionalist? Let me know in the comments below!Winter Picnic Inspiration: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

  • 12 oz.hot cocoa
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries in juice
  • Marshmallow liqueur (optional, for 21+ over)

Instructions

  1. Prepare 12 oz. of hot cocoa using your favorite recipe or mix.
  2. Add 3 T. maraschino cherry juice.
  3. Optional, add 2 oz. marshmallow liqueur.
  4. Garnish with marshmallows. Enjoy!
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