Candy Bar Hot Chocolate (Almond Joy, Reeses, and Twix)

In our family, we take our hot chocolate very seriously. When we were growing up, we had hot chocolate almost every day for breakfast (yes, breakfast). Our mom still has her morning “cup of cocoa” (her equivalent of coffee) every day.


Candy Bar Hot Chocolate 


Not even kidding, it can be 120-degrees out and she will still have her hot chocolate– not that that’s a bad thing. We ALL love our hot chocolate, and we love getting creative with it. In the winter, I love having “hot chocolate bars” (think ice cream sundaes with all different toppings to choose from… but with hot chocolate instead) and doing girl’s nights, Christmas parties,.. etc… in fact, we did one just last night for my daughter’s birthday!


For these candy bar hot chocolate recipes, you can of course use your typical packaged powder mix, but I am including a homemade hot chocolate in case you want to make it from scratch… or you can use our recipe for hot chocolate powder mix HERE. You can use whatever “base” recipe you want and then use the candy bar mix-in’s for each individual 8-oz serving. I am doing it this way so if you are doing a “hot chocolate bar” you can instruct your guests how to flavor their own, individual cups.


Candy Bar Hot Chocolate (Almond Joy, Reeses, and Twix)

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  • 1/3 c. unsweetened hot cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. granulated (white) sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 c. boiling water (I heat it for 90 seconds in the microwave in a glass measuring cup)
  • 3 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream (or half and half)
  • Almond Joy Hot Chocolate:
  • 1 Tbsp. Cream of Coconut (not coconut milk), or to taste
  • 1 tsp. amaretto syrup ( here is what it looks like)
  • whipped cream, to taste
  • chocolate syrup, to taste
  • toasted coconut flakes, to taste, for garnish
  • Reese's Hot Chocolate:
  • 1 Tbsp Reese's peanut butter (other peanut butter is fine, the Reese's kind is best though)
  • whipped cream, to taste
  • chocolate syrup or butterscotch syrup, to taste
  • Reese's peanut butter cups, crumbled or chopped, to taste for garnish
  • Twix Hot Chocolate:
  • 1 Tbsp. caramel topping, or to taste
  • whipping cream, to taste
  • caramel and/or chocolate topping, to taste
  • 2 Twix bars


  • Combine cocoa, sugar and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in boiling water. Bring to an almost-boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and heat until hot (do not bring to a boil-- just until it is hot). Remove from heat and add vanilla and cream. Pour into 4 separate mugs, allow to cool to drinking temperature and serve. (serves 4)
  • For the candy bar flavorings, the ingredients are per individual 8 oz. serving-- if you want to flavor ALL of the hot chocolate at once, quadruple the flavoring ingredients
    Almond Joy:
  • Stir in Cream of Coconut and amaretto. Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and coconut flakes
  • Reeses:
  • Stir in peanut butter. Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup/butterscotch and Reese's crumbles
  • Twix:
  • Stir in caramel topping, top with whipped cream, caramel topping and/or chocolate topping and serve with Twix bars.

Almond Joy Hot ChocolateReeses Hot ChocolateTwix Hot Chocolate


  1. Yvette says:

    Thank you

  2. Gail Vaughn says:

    Please keep me in touch with my email of new recipes thank you

    • Echo says:

      We will add you to our email list. Thank you, Gail!

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