Horchata Hot Chocolate

I have been a lover of all foods that are warm and drinkable for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I’d go to my grandma’s house for sleepovers; she’d keep the house stocked with packets of chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate, two of my favorite things. Although I’ve progressed past soup in packets, to this day, I am still soup-obsessed and tempted by hot chocolate, year-round.

When I was home in Des Moines for Thanksgiving this past November, I was at a friend’s house and she served me her concoction of Horchata Hot Chocolate. If you’re not familiar with horchata, it is a drink originating in Spanish speaking countries, and it is usually made from rice or ground almonds. It has a milky consistency and it often include cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Horchata can certainly be homemade, but lately I’ve been seeing bottled horchata at many grocery stores. When my friend made this for me, she used Anderson Erickson brand, which is only found in Iowa and Missouri. I have recreated this recipe using Califia Farms Vanilla Coconut Horchata with Almond Milk. I love this brand of almond milk, and their horchata was no exception. I’ve seen Califia Farms sold at Target, Whole Foods, and other regular grocery stores nationwide.

This Horchata Hot Chocolate is like taking basic hot chocolate and kicking it up several notches. I love the extra depth of flavor from the cinnamon, vanilla and hint of coconut that this adds to the hot chocolate. Plus, this drink is so easy to throw together on a cold day. Don’t forget to top it with marshmallows or whipped cream!

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Horchata Hot Chocolate

What You Need

  • 16 ounces of store-bought horchata (I used Califia Almond Milk Farms Horchata)
  • 3-4 tablespoons hot cocoa mix, (adjust to what package says for liquid amount)
  • Suggested toppings: marshmallows, whipped cream, or chocolate shavings

What To Do

  1. Heat 16 ounces of store-bought horchata in the microwave or on a small sauce pan on the stove.
  2. Using a whisk, stir the hot cocoa mix into the hot horchata until it has dissolved and is well incorporated. Taste and adjust hot cocoa mix according to desired chocolate taste.
  3. Serve hot and top with suggested toppings.


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