hot chocolate sundae recipesNothing rings in the holidays more than delicious hot chocolate and giving, so this holiday season I’m thrilled to partner with GODIVA to help warm our hearts and hands with hot chocolate along with meaningful ways to give. A great combo! We wanted to do our own special take on the traditional hot chocolate to celebrate GODIVA’s partnership with Toys for Tots this season, where from December 1st until the 15th of December, they are donating $1 to children in need with every cup of hot chocolate beverage you purchase at their store. Doing good by drinking chocolate? Yes, please!

We came up with three unique hot chocolate sundae recipes (ice cream and hot chocolate? Oh my!) made from GODIVA’s Hot Chocolate and each with their own “toy” topper in honor of the partnership: gingerbread hot chocolate sundae with a singing in the rain gingerbread man toy topper, peppermint hot chocolate sundae with a peppermint toy topper, dark chocolate caramel swirl with caramel marshmallows toy toppers. Guys, prepare to be dazzled.

Gingerbread hot chocolate sundae

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate:

  • 2 c. milk
  • 3 heaping spoonfuls of GODIVA Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves
  • Dash of ginger
  • 2 dashes of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of Christmas Cheer
  1. Mix all ingredients together (excluding the ice cream)
  2. Heat to desired temperature (probably a little hotter than you usually would because you’ll be adding ice
  3. cream)
  4. Scoop ice cream onto hot chocolate
  5. Have a cup of cheer! And you’re probably going to want to eat this with a gingerbread cookie (recipe below.)Gingerbread hot chocolate sundae

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 T. ginger
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. cloves
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/3 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. molasses
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add molasses, mix thoroughly
  4. Mix in egg and vanilla
  5. Add all dry ingredients
  6. Once dough is mixed, refrigerate for one hour
  7. Roll out to 1/4 in thickness and cut into desired shapes
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 6-7 minutes
  9. Enjoy with your GODIVA gingerbread hot chocolate!Gingerbread hot chocolate sundaeGingerbread hot chocolate sundaePeppermint hot chocolate sundae Peppermint hot chocolate sundae

Peppermint Hot Chocolate sundae:

  • 2 c. milk
  • 3 heaping spoonfuls of GODIVA Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1/8 t. peppermint extract
  • 1 scoop peppermint ice cream
  • Christmas Cheer
  1. Mix all ingredients together (excluding the ice cream)
  2. Heat to desired temperature (probably a little hotter than you usually would because you’ll be adding ice
  3. cream)
  4. Scoop ice cream onto hot chocolate
  5. Add a candy cane to decorate the cup (recipe follows)
  6. Have a cup of cheer!

Peppermint Candy Canes:

  • Peppermint candies
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, place metal cookie cutter on cookie sheet
  3. Place peppermint candies in metal cookie cutter of desired shape
  4. Baked for about 10-12 minutes or until the candy has melted into the shape (if it starts to bubble take out
  5. immediately)
  6. Allow for the candy to cool mostly
  7. While still warm but cool enough to touch, remove candy from cookie cutter
  8. Allow candy to completely cool
  9. Put in your GODIVA Peppermint Hot ChocolateCaramel dark chocolate sundae with sea salt

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Swirl:

  • 2 c. milk
  • 3 heaping spoonfuls of GODIVA Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 2 T. caramel sauce
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Christmas Cheer
  1. Drizzle caramel onto the side of your mug in a swirl
  2. Pour in the rest of ingredients (excluding the ice cream)
  3. Heat to desired temperature (probably a little hotter than you usually would because you’ll be adding ice
  4. cream)
  5. Scoop ice cream onto hot chocolate
  6. Top with caramel marshmallows (recipe below)
  7. Have a cup of cheer!

Caramel Marshmallows:

  • 3 packages gelatin
  • 1/2 c. ice cold water
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. dark corn syrup
  • 2 t. caramel flavoring
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • Nonstick spray
  • Candy thermometer
  1. Place gelatin in bowl of stand mixer with 1/2 c. ice cold water, stir together gently
  2. Combine powdered sugar and cornstarch in small mixing bowl
  3. Spray 9 1/2 by 11 pan with lightly sprinkle about 2/3 of the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix over pan
  4. In a small sauce pan combine 1/3 c. water, sugar, and dark corn syrup, thoroughly combine the ingredients and then let it cook without stirring on a medium high temperature until mixture reaches approximately 235 degrees F
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Pour over gelatin mixture in stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment
  7. Mix on a medium speed for about 30 seconds, and then turn to high speed until the mixture is thick and lukewarm (about 8-10 minutes)
  8. Add caramel flavoring once mix is thick, continue to whip until fully incorporated
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan
  10. Sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar and cornstarch mix over marshmallow and try to flatten out the mixture as much as possible
  11. Allow the marshmallows to sit for at least 4 hours or over night, cover with saran wrap
  12. Cut into desired shapes and put on your GODIVA Dark Chocolate Hot ChocolateCaramel dark chocolate sundae with sea salt hot chocolate sundae recipeshot chocolate sundae recipes

When you head over to GODIVA for their hot chocolate, make sure you take a pic and tag it with #GIVINGGODIVA! Can’t wait to see them!

Photography by Alizabeth Rinner  |  Recipes and baking by ME Hammond

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