Celebrating National Hot Chocolate Day!

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January is almost over… came and went didn’t it. Too bad this cold weather couldn’t do the same. Thankfully, January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day, and that sounds like another great excuse to drink to me! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite go-to drinks this time a year, perfect for keeping warm, and great for adding a little somethin’ extra. To celebrate, we’re sharing a boozy recipe below, created by Allison Kave of bar and bakery Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn. It’s called the Banana Choco Delight, a rich hot chocolate recipe that includes Banana HI-CHEW-infused dark rum for a delicious grown-up version of the classic childhood treat. Feel free to Skip the rum and garnish with a banana HI-CHEW for the kiddies. 

Banana Choco Delight

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 2 ounces Banana HI-CHEW Infused Overproof Dark Rum**
  • 1.5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Whipped cream and banana garnish

In a small saucepan, heat half of the milk until warm, then whisk in the cocoa until no lumps remain. Add the remaining milk, chocolate, sugar, and peanut butter, and whisk until all is melted, smooth, and hot. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum, and divide between two mugs. Top with fresh whipped cream and a slice of caramelized banana.

*The infusion ratio is one piece of candy per ounce of liquor. Soak the candy until dissolved.


Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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