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The time is upon us to bring back a winter staple: hot chocolate. While we might not get snow days in North Florida, a toasty hot chocolate is still the best beverage to curl up by the fireplace with. Try out these twists on a classic and let us know what you think!


You can use Ward’s diverse selection of high quality chocolate for the base of any hot chocolate recipe! Using a chocolate bar as the base will result in a richer, smoother texture than powdered coca and is a surefire way to up your hot chocolate game! At Ward’s, we’re committed to bringing you organic and fair-trade chocolate choices, including dairy-free, vegan, raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-sweetened, and carob options. You can rest assured knowing Ward’s has chocolate options for the whole family.

Whole Bar Hot Chocolate 

Run to Ward’s to pick up your favorite chocolate bars for this recipe. Once you find the perfect chocolate bars, finely chop the bars, warm your milk on the stove and incorporate the chocolate until you have the perfect consistency. Add toppings as desired. Use this as the base of any recipe! 

Spicy Hot Chocolate 

Looking to spice things up? Try the NYTimes Cooking simple-prep recipe for spicy hot chocolate. The sweet and spicy notes complement each other while bringing out the chocolate profile. 

Honey Lavender Hot Chocolate

With fruity and floral notes, this may not be your classic take, but it sure is delicious! Lavender is known for its calming effects, and honey is known for its natural antioxidants and natural sugar! Local honey provides even more benefits — supporting your local economy while combating seasonal allergies. This honey lavender hot chocolate is the perfect relaxing treat before bed.

Espresso Hot Chocolate

If you need a caffeine boost, this is the drink for you. Add a shot of espresso into your hot chocolate for a sweet treat that will get you through the day. If you enjoy the taste of coffee but don’t want the caffeine, try it decaf! 

Hot White Chocolate

It’s time to whip out those white chocolate chips in your pantry for this posh recipe. You can keep it simple or fancify this recipe with different toppings, such as whipped cream, marshmallows, caramel, crushed candy cane or whatever your heart desires. Add a small drop of food coloring and sprinkles to impress your kiddos with a magical drink! 

Vegan Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate not only looks beautiful but contains healthy ingredients so you can enjoy it guilt-free. Read more to discover the secret ingredient that gives this delicious drink its signature red color! 

Loco for Cocoa

The craft of cocoa can be enjoyed by all! Stop by Ward’s in time for the Christmas season to gather all of the ingredients you may need, and don’t forget to check out our weekly deals and large selections of goods. 

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