10 ways to spice up your hot chocolate

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The phrase “dog days of summer” refers to the exhaustingly hot days deep in the heart of summer, but what do we call the deep stretch of winter that runs from mid-January to early March? That bone-cold, long, post-holiday stint when it seems like winter will never end?

We propose “hot chocolate days,” because, without any big festivities or sunny days on the horizon, it’s really delicious hot cocoa that gets us through. But if we’re going to be drinking hot chocolate for over two months, we’d better find ways to keep it interesting. Variety is the spice of life, and spice often lends variety to hot chocolate!

So without further ado, here are ten variations on the classic cup of cocoa that will get you through the darkest days of winter. In fact, you might even regret it (just a little) when they end.