Fresh orange peels are simmered in whole milk to create a citrus-infused milk that pairs perfectly with hot cocoa mix. This rich and creamy Orange Hot Cocoa is topped with real cream, chocolate shavings, and orange zest for a dessert-like treat. This post is sponsored by Conagra but opinions are my own.
Winter is here for the next few months, and while I cannot wait until springtime, there are a few things I do enjoy about this chilly season. I admire the beauty of snow so much, as long as I don’t have to drive in it. I mean, have you ever seen how gorgeous snowflakes are up close? Simply stunning creations, indeed!
Cozy flannel blankets and sitting by the fire are always fun too! But, one of my family’s favorite winter pastimes is enjoying a good cup of hot cocoa. There is just nothing more comforting or relaxing for the mind and soul!
Truthfully, we have already gone through many packages of Swiss Miss® because that is the brand our family loves. My kids have grown accustomed to making their own cups of Swiss Miss® Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa. They love either the original, but the marshmallows variety is their preference!
I was buying the 12-count packages, but when I saw the 30-count boxes of Swiss Miss® at Walmart I had to have them! With 30 envelopes per box, this should last us at least a couple of weeks!
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Our kids are not allowed to drink highly caffeinated drinks so the fact that Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa mix is gluten free and 99.9% caffeine free is ideal!
Of course, adding whipped cream to hot cocoa makes it ten times tastier! I love to make my own whipped cream, but when I cannot, Reddi-wip® is my got-to brand! I love how it is just 15 calories per serving!
Rich & Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa
Since orange + chocolate pair together so well, I thought it would be fun to make some Rich & Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. This hot cocoa is made with whole milk to make it extra delicious!
This recipe makes 2 drinks but can be tailored to make more.
- 2 envelopes of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa Mix
- 16 ounces whole milk
- 2 large oranges peels only*
- Or, 1 tablespoon of orange flavor *see notes in recipe
- 1 ounce of milk chocolate
- Reddi- wip® Original
Make Orange Hot Cocoa
Add the milk to small saucepan and place the peel of one orange into the pan with the milk.
Simmer milk over low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. You do not want to boil the milk.
Empty one envelope of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa Mix into your cups.
Remove peels from the milk and turn off heat.
Carefully add milk into both glasses. I poured the warm milk into a glass carafe to make it easier.
Stir to combine the the milk and cocoa.
Add Reddi-wip® to each cup and then additional orange and chocolate zest.
Optional- Add an orange peel twist to each cup *see note in recipe card
Enjoy right away!
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Rich & Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa
- 1.46 oz Swiss Miss® Hot Chocolate (2 envelopes)
- 16 oz whole milk
- 2 orange peels from two large oranges
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 oz milk chocolate bar shaved
- 1 cup Reddi-wip®
- Add the milk to small saucepan and place the peel of one orange into the pan with the milk.
- Simmer milk over low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. You do not want to boil the milk.
- Empty one envelope of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa Mix into your cups.
- Remove peels from the milk and turn off heat.
- Carefully add milk into both glasses.
- Stir to combine the the milk and cocoa.
- Add Reddi-wip® to each cup and then additional orange and chocolate zest.
- Optional- Add an orange peel twist to each cup *see notes in recipe card