peanut butter hot cocoa (aka "happiness in a cup")


So, the joke’s on me, because our 80-degrees-and-sunny weather has already been replaced by cold and rainy.  Can you believe it?  RAIN!  It’s like a torrential downpour outside right now.  I’m not even kidding.  So, even though it’s 8:00 am, it’s not too early for a  nice, warm pick-me-up.

Last weekend, I posted hot chocolate on a stick to help warm you up, but what if you’re looking for a more instant solution?  That’s easy – turn your favorite hot cocoa mix into PEANUT BUTTER hot chocolate!


My two favorite things, peanut butter and chocolate, get to shine again in this nice, warm beverage.  Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallow fluff to create the ultimate hot chocolate indulgence.  I seriously think my heart skipped a few beats when I drank this.  Honestly, I don’t know how I have drank hot chocolate for the last 20-some years without stirring a little peanut butter into it.  It’s almost like I’ve never truly lived until this day.

Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic.  But I think you get the point.  If you’re not the recipe-following type, feel free to just stir a tablespoon or two of peanut butter into your next cup of hot chocolate.  Just give it a try and see what happens.  My “recipe” uses your average hot cocoa mix, if you want to make your own hot cocoa from scratch, use your favorite hot cocoa recipe and add the extras into it.


Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

[ Printable Recipe ]

  • 1 serving of your favorite hot cocoa mix, prepared with 6 ounces hot milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of your favorite creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon marshmallow fluff, plus extra for serving

Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until just beginning to bubble at edges, about 2-3 minutes.

Add hot cocoa mix, peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon fluff, stirring until completely melted.

Pour into serving cup and top with heaping spoonful of fluff.  Drink and enjoy.