5 Genius Hot Cocoa Hacks

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Hot cocoa is such a staple of winter. What better way to endure those cold days of winter than with a hot cup of cocoa?

It's remarkable that with just a few ingredients, hot cocoa can be totally transformed. Try broiling your hot chocolate for a fun interpretation of the classic drink. (Just remember, when broiling hot chocolate, be sure to use oven-safe mugs!) Simply combine, milk, half-and-half, cocoa powder and Bailey's (for an extra kick) in an oven-safe mug. Top the drink with marshmallows and broil it on low.

Ever try adding Oreos to hot cocoa? It's such an easy upgrade! Just boil water, milk, cocoa powder and crushed Oreo cookies in a pot until thick. Pour the drink into a mug and top with whipped cream and more crushed Oreos for a fun finish.

Upgrading hot cocoa isn't just about the drink itself, since the tasty beverage makes a great addition to French toast. If you want to take your brunch game to the next level, try adding hot chocolate to French toast. While melting butter in a pan, crack three eggs into a bowl. Then add vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a cup of hot cocoa. Dip slices of your favorite bread into the mixture on both sides and cook the bread in the pan. Enjoy!

Watch the video above for five genius hot cocoa hacks!

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