9 Hot Chocolate Toppings That Go Way Beyond Whipped Cream and Marshmallows

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When I dream of parties, they usually involve hot chocolate. I imagine the most adorable set of mugs, cocoa by the keg, and decorative gourds for days. Taylor Swift may or may not be the guest of honor. But most importantly, in this dream hot chocolate party of mine, there are all manner of toppings — and not just your average, ho-hum marshmallows, either. I’m talking about the most mind-blowing concoctions that take your cocoa from Swiss Miss to master chocolatier, because there’s only one thing I know for sure: Hot chocolate deserves nothing but the best.

So for dessert’s sake, ditch the Cool Whip. This fall, we’re going all out and crowning our cocoa with everything under the sun, from truffles to salted caramel. Maybe that party won’t even pan out. Maybe you’ll be parked on the couch instead, watching Netflix, with no pants on. But at least you’ll be drinking hot chocolate — and it will be the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had.

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