Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Easy to make red velvet hot chocolate recipe. Simply delightful to sip on a cold day. Curl up with a mug of this, a good book, a cozy blanket and roaring fire nearby. 

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple to make, delightful to sip!

I want to say thank you.

To everyone who takes the time to visit my little blog.

It’s become my happy place.

I love seeing your comments each day.

I love getting emails from you.

I love getting to know you better while we gab on facebook.

Cravings of a Lunatic is more than just a blog, more than just a recipe source. It’s become a community. One that I enjoy being such a big part of. I am honoured and touched every single day by all of you. For all the joy you bring me.

So as a small token of my gratitude I thought I would give away a thank you gift to one lucky reader. I wish I could offer it to all of you. I wish it was a bigger offering. However our lives are just starting to take an upswing so we need to stay frugal and power through some things. For now this $50 Amazon Gift Card is all I can offer. Well, that and my undying love and gratitude to you for letting me be a small part of your lives each day.

I feel very blessed. My readers are such a positive bunch. I feel really lucky to have you. It’s a judgement free zone here and I think in turn you guys give me the same respect. I don’t get rude or nasty comments. Every day I thank my lucky stars to have such loyal, kind readers. You really rock my world.

So enjoy some Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, and stick around to enter the giveaway. It’s open to everyone. I’m also going to make it super easy to enter. I promise you will not have to jump through 200 hoops to enter this one. For now grab some marshmallows and enjoy a cuppa.

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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Easy to make red velvet hot chocolate recipe. Simply delightful to sip on a cold day. Curl up with a mug of this, a good book, a cozy blanket and roaring fire nearby.


    For the Red Velvet Hot Chocolate:
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water, doesn't have to be boiling, just hot
  • 4 cups of milk, my preference for hot chocolate is 2%
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • Red food colouring, use the gel as it gives the deeper red hue you want
  • For topping:
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles for the rims of mugs


    For the rims:
  • Before you begin you need to decide if you want to decorate the rims of the mugs. If you do this step needs to be done before making the hot chocolate. You basically take corn syrup and rub it around the rim of the mugs. Then put your sprinkles on a plate or in a large bowl and dunk the rim in it. Roll it around so you get them everywhere. Set aside while you start the hot chocolate.
  • For the Red Velvet Hot Chocolate:
  • In a saucepan whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water. This just ensures the cocoa powder breaks up and you don't get bits of it floating after you cook this. Works like a charm when using powder. It basically looks like a thick sludge but trust me it's worth it. Once you get it all mixed with no powdery bits left you can turn the stovetop on to a medium-low heat. Quickly add your milk, and brown sugar. You need to continue to mix it while it heats up. The key with hot chocolate in my opinion is heating it but not letting it boil. You want to heat it up gently so you don't scorch it.
  • Once it's hot enough to serve remove from the heat. Add the corn syrup and red gel food colouring. Mix carefully so you don't splash red dye everywhere. The gel mixed with the cocoa powder is what gives red velvet a nice deep red colour.
  • Pour into mugs.
  • Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream.
  • Serve with a big old happy and grateful smile!


You can swap out the cocoa powder for chocolate pieces. Or mix both in this.

You can hit the hot chocolate with a touch of heavy cream right at the end to thicken it up a bit if desired. It's a good tip for a nice hearty hot chocolate.

Mixing the water and cocoa powder is something I learned back in the day from my mom. It works like a charm so you never get those crazy little flecks of powder while drinking hot chocolate. You basically use a tiny bit of water and mix it with the cocoa powder till it's a sludgey mixture. Doesn't sound appealing I know but it's the best way to describe it. Then when you add the milk and heat it all up you will not have lumps.

Corn syrup rules in hot chocolate. If you are anti-corn syrup use honey.

You can also do the rims with water but I find it makes the sprinkle colours bleed. So I use corn syrup.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple to make, delightful to sip!

Gorgeous right. I was making a bunch of hot chocolate recipes for various events and clients recently. This one was going to be put aside until Valentine’s Day but it’s just too pretty not to share. I always make lots of Red Velvet recipes around the holidays so I just had to share it with you now. I could not wait. There’s another interesting hot chocolate recipe slotted for January. You’re going to love it.  In the meantime sip on this one.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple to make, delightful to sip!

Without further ado I shall get to the giveaway. It’s my Reader Appreciation Day Giveaway. Thank you so much for embracing me, and the blog. This journey to finding and pursuing my passion in life would not be possible without you. I am grateful. Every day. For you.

$50 Amazon Gift Card for Reader Appreciation Day:

All you have to do is a leave a comment telling me what you’re grateful for this time of year. That’s it. It’s that simple.

Rule mumbo jumbo:

Open to everyone (must be 18 years of age to enter) who lives in an area with access to Amazon. Whether it be,, whatever works for you.

One entry per person.

Winner has 72 hours to respond to email notice of winning to claim the prize, otherwise it will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.

Prize is not sponsored. It is being provided by me personally as a thank you to my readers.

Giveaway will close on December 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be contacted via email.

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Thank you.

For all you do.

For all you bring me.

I am blessed.

I am grateful.

I am thankful.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. 1
    Jill Hartley says:

    Ridiculously thankful for our healthy, happy baby girl born Dec 4!

  2. 3

    I am grateful for so much… my family… my friends. It’s a time to just take a breath and feel the love. :)

  3. 5
    stephanie wiggins says:

    I am thankful to God for his Son, Jesus, and all His blessings. I thank Him for my family, my job. my home and for just loving me. Merry Christmas!

  4. 7
    Tracy Spangler says:

    I am grateful for my husband and two daughters, Through this past awful year, with poverty (and no end in sight), not being able to give Christmas gifts, being in daily pain that’s increased since an unsuccessful brain surgery, they still hug me, give me tons of kisses and keep my hope alive for a better 2014.

    • 8
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I am so sorry you’ve had such a horrible year. Here’s hoping 2014 brings you some relief and brighter days. I hope you win. xx

      • 9
        Tracy Spangler says:

        Thank you for your kind words Kim. It brought a smile to my face in this time of many challenges. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! I’m so glad I found your site!

  5. 11

    I am grateful for the handful of good friends that I have in my life that always make this time of year a lot of fun :)

  6. 13

    I’m grateful for the support and love from my family.

  7. 15
    rayraycartucci says:

    I’m grateful for my family and friends ofcourse but I am also so happy this time of year to see people at their best,people smiling as you pass them on a street. I grateful for the hopeful feelings this time of year brings.

  8. 17

    I’m grateful for my hard working husband.

  9. 19

    I am grateful for family near and far, for friends and good neighbors and creative space.

  10. 21
    Misses Chuck says:

    I am grateful for my family and friends this holiday season! They remind me what this season is all about.

  11. 23

    I am thankful to be healthy! And that all of my family is healthy as well!!

  12. 25

    I’m thankful that I now live in sunny SoCal (although its raining today) and don’t have to shovel that cold, icky white powdery stuff, I think its called… snow?

  13. 27

    We’re all grateful that we have your blog to read! Really – it’s always a delight coming here. Loads of fun and good recipes. Like today’s – this looks wonderful. Thanks.

  14. 29

    My family and our health….furry family members too.

  15. 31

    I love having the chance to involve my children in family traditions of baking and decorating! They are 2 & 3 so it’s all new to them :-) lpcraig at gmail dot com

    • 32
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I love family traditions. We have oodles. The tree ranks high. We usually do a second tree with all homemade ornaments, usually we make a ton of gingerbread people and animals and use those. If you poke the tops with straws you have a hole to tie ribbons through to hang them on the tree. So much fun. Enjoy them while they are young. They grow up way to fast.

  16. 33
    Susan Aldrich says:

    I am thankful my family is near, and for two fabulous grandsons!

  17. 35

    I’m grateful for my amazing family, my job, and my cats! I’m so thankful to feel like I’m surrounded by love.

  18. 37

    I’m grateful for having a healthy family.

  19. 39

    I’m grateful to have a happy, healthy daughter!

  20. 41
    Sandra Hayim says:

    I’m thqnkful for my family in Turkey (who i don’t get to see much) and my husband, who is the reason i have the life i have now…

    • 42
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Both amazing things to be thankful for. I have a sister far away so I can relate to the distance thing for sure.

  21. 43

    I am grateful for the wonderful relationship I have with my Mom.

  22. 45
    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I am thankful for my family and friends.

  23. 47
    Thomas Murphy says:

    I am thankful for my family.

  24. 49
    Mandy Shannon says:

    So grateful for my family, my hubby, my boys, my bff, all the love I get everyday, and all the time I can get to spend with each and everyone of them! God bless and Merry Christmas ♥

    • 50
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      You are truly blessed. Merry Christmas to you too Mandy. Hope you have a beautiful holiday filled with family and food. xx

  25. 51

    I am grateful for my family and the new little grand baby on the way

    • 52
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Yeah for grandbabies. Don’t tell my kids but I look forward to being one. Mine got to miss out on my mom being around for them so I plan to be uber gramma when I get the chance. Happy Holidays Patty.

  26. 53

    I very thankful and happy to be healthy. I love Christmas and appreciate your site. Thank you for the nice gift, Kim. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    • 54
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks so much Liz. I am so thankful for readers like you. Happy Holidays, hope you have an amazing Christmas. xx

  27. 55

    I am grateful for my wonderful husband, my family and my health!

  28. 57
    Christy Spurlock says:

    I’m very thankful for my family, health, friends and salvation.

  29. 59

    I am thankful to have a loving & supportive family.

  30. 61

    I am grateful for a warm home to come to at night and a family support system as I care for my mother.

    • 62
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Much empathy for you. I took care of my dad for a year when he had cancer. It’s not an easy thing to care for a parent, but very rewarding. Much love to you and yours. xx

  31. 63
    Susan E Smith says:

    For the love of my family! Thanks so much for your kindness Kim! Good luck to all and Merry Christmas!

  32. 65

    I am grateful for the health and well-being of my family!

  33. 67
    Kelly Cummings says:

    So thankful for my family! It wouldn’t be he holidays without them!

  34. 69

    I am grateful for the love of my family, friends and my dog.

  35. 71

    I am grateful for my two beautiful grandchildren, and that I get to spend time with them often!

    • 72
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s so nice. My mom wasn’t around to meet my kids or spend time with them. Breaks my heart they didn’t get to know her. You are very blessed. xx

  36. 73

    You are SO nice to offer this wonderful giveaway! What a big heart you have. And my heart loves your red velvet hot chocolate!

  37. 75

    I am grateful for my family

  38. 77

    I am so grateful for my family and friends that I love, and that love me back. Merry Christmas.

  39. 79

    I am grateful for family friends and pets. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

  40. 81

    I am thankful for my family, that we are all healthy, have a safe warm house and my hubby has a job. Oh and that my daughter was accepted to the Savannah College of Art Design !

    • 82
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Congrats to your daughter. That’s so awesome. And you have many blessings, so much to be thankful for this year. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Makes my heart happy. Happy Holidays Pam.

  41. 83

    I’m grateful I can blog any day I want and that I have made the most incredible friends. I’d like a cuppa this hot chocolate. :)

    • 84
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I feel the same way Maureen. So happy this job comes with the perk of making amazing friends like you. Happy Holidays. Wish we could share a hot chocolate together. One day lady, one day it will happen.

  42. 85
    Sally Tews says:

    I am so Happy to have the most Amazing and Wonderful husband of 46 years.

  43. 87
    Barbara Mc/Whenihave Time says:

    I am so thankful that the Lord delivered me into my family and has blessed me all these years with such a wonderful family.

  44. 89

    I’m grateful that my family is healthy happy and will all be together for the holiday

  45. 93

    I’m grateful for good health.

  46. 95

    First and foremost, I’m grateful for my family. Next on the list is: I’m grateful for my employer. Not only do I have a job, but they are good people and very generous.

    • 96
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Two great things to be thankful for. I love my job too. There’s a great sense of calm when you love what you do. Happy Holidays Rusty.

  47. 97
    Bette Avila says:

    I am grateful that my mom survived colon cancer this year, my dad his suicide attempt, and my grandmother her heart problems! It’s been a crazy health scare year, but God has kept my family safe!

    • 98
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Oh my gosh, you really had a horrible year, I’m so sorry to hear all that. We have colon cancer in our family, it’s a rough disease. So glad your mom pulled through. And relieved your dad is okay, that’s so scary. Wishing you health and peace for the new year. Much love. xx

  48. 99

    I am Grateful and Thankful for everything God has given or done for me. For my family and friends. This recipe looks DELICIOUS can’t wait to attempt to make it for myself. Thank you for all you do!

    • 100
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      You are very blessed and that’s always a great thing to hear. Thanks so much for your kind comment. Happy Holidays Tina. xx

  49. 101

    I am thankful for my home, pets and family.

  50. 103

    I am grateful for every day that I wake up. As bad as life can get, waking up to the promise of a new day is a HUGE blessing.

    • 104
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It really is. When you think of the alternative every day is a gift. You have to just embrace the good. Happy Holidays Kim, hope the new year is everything you hope for and more. xx

  51. 105

    I’m grateful for happy and healthy kids.

    • 106
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I hear you. We went through health issues with one of mine when she was young and it’s just horrible. Makes you grateful for the little things in life. Happy Holidays Linda. xx

  52. 107

    I am grateful that I have moved across the country with the man of my dreams! I took the plunge and while I am still unemployed, it’s been worth it so far :)

    • 108
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It will all work out Ashley, I have every faith in you. Let’s chat in the new year. Maybe we can put our heads together and make something magical happen for you. My life will calm down considerably about the second or third week of January. Let’s plan a G+ chat. xx

  53. 109

    What a lovely blog post….thank you! I am thankful for my amazingly supportive husband…

    • 110
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks Ann. You really lucked out with your hubby. He is such an amazing man, but then again you’re an amazing woman so maybe he’s the lucky one. I love you guys. Hope the holidays are absolute joy for you. Can’t wait to catch up in the new year. So much to tell you. Miss you. xx

  54. 111

    I am grateful for my son and husband and living in the same town as my family :)

    • 112
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      You are lucky indeed. My son lives a zillion miles away and I hate it. Luckily we flew him in for the holidays. I can’t imagine spending the holidays without him. Merry Christmas Susan. xx

  55. 113

    I am so grateful to be able to spend time with my brother, his family and my parents for Christmas.

    • 114
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s an amazing blessing Emily. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Hope the new year brings you every joy in the world. xx

  56. 115

    I am grateful for my family especially my daughter

  57. 117

    What a great post, Kim! Merry Christmas!

  58. 119

    I’m grateful for my family and the time that we get to spend together!

    • 120
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s so sweet. There is nothing like a close knit family. I could spend every day with my kids and never get tired of it.

  59. 121

    I am thankful for our 4 amazing kids and my husband who will do anything for us! Truly blessed.

    • 122
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Awe, you really are very blessed. I am so thrilled to hear things like that. Makes my heart so happy to know there’s people out there who are grateful for so much in life. Happy Holidays Danielle. xx

  60. 123
    Rachel McC says:

    grateful for Christmas break and chance to slow down with my kiddos, and spend family time!

  61. 125

    I am grateful my family and friends.

  62. 127

    I’m grateful to have a job that I really love!

  63. 129

    I am thankful/grateful for my good health this year (finally), my husband & family!

  64. 131

    I’m so grateful to have my kids home for Christmas this year!

  65. 133

    I am thankful this year for the inner strength that I’ve realized I have. This year I have had ups & downs and have come through a stronger person!

    • 134
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s an amazing thing. Life sure can test our boundaries. I am happy to hear you made it through stronger than before. Happy Holidays Stephanie. xx

  66. 135

    I am thankful for my Mother’s health. She is 70 years young and minus the occasional ache or pain, she is in wonderful health. We are counting on her blessing us with her presence and humor for many years to come!

    • 136
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s so wonderful Alice. I love to hear stories about people’s moms. I miss mine every day and I love hearing from folks who appreciate their moms and all they mean to all of us. Happy holidays to you and yours Alice. You’re very blessed. xx

  67. 137
    Debbie Bray says:

    grateful for the good health of my family

  68. 139

    Thankful for family – after a few unexpected health issues for various family members the past few years, every day is a bonus.

    • 140
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s such a great outlook. I had my own heath scare this year so I see every day as a gift. Hope all is well with you and yours now Wendy. Stay strong and hope your holidays are filled with love and laughter. xx

  69. 141
    Martina Robinson says:

    I grateful for my kids, husband and home.

  70. 143
    Susan Broughton says:

    I am grateful for being alive another day to be able to see and spend time with my family and friends,

  71. 145

    I am thankful for being a survivor of homelessness, and breast cancer. I have triumphed over both. My children and grand children give me love, and strength every day. I am thankful for them and the wonderful lives they lead. They are wise beyond their years, caring, loving, and have a delightful sense of humor that keeps me on my toes. Without them my life would be very empty.

    • 146
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      You are amazing. This comment touched my heart. Life sure does test us, and you beat the odds. That is surely something to be thankful for, and also very proud of. I’m so happy you have people who lift you up and inspire you. I have a feeling you do the same for them. Happy holidays Kathie. From the bottom of my heart I wish you all good things this season. xx

  72. 147
    debra walker says:

    Also thrilled to announce I have a brand new great great nephewSo very grateful for the Love of my family.Its been a tough year and a half batting stage 4 breast cancer.

    • 148
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Debra I am so happy to hear about your nephew. Congrats on the new addition to the family.

      I’m also so incredibly sorry for your struggles with cancer. Stay strong and take good care of yourself. I can’t even imagine what you’ve been through. But I’m relieved you have lots of love and support from your family. Much love to you. xx

  73. 149

    I’m thankful for good health.

  74. 151

    I’m grateful that at 30 years old I still have three amazing and healthy grandparents in my life to continue showing me around the kitchen.

  75. 152

    Thankful for my family, especially my 5 year old son. He has taught me so much, and seeing Christmas this year through his eyes has been extra fun and special!

  76. 153

    I lost my brother to cancer a couple of days after Thanksgiving. He had been sick for a while, so I guess we were prepared. How does one really prepare for that? Family is so important now more than ever. Enjoy your loved ones while you can.

    • 154
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I am so sorry Veronica. I lost my dad to cancer in 2007. It’s horrible what it does to people’s lives. You can never look at life the same way again. It marks you somehow, changes you. I wish I could help but having lost family members I know there’s nothing anyone can do but just say how horrible it is, and how much life just sucks sometimes. If you ever need to talk I’m a good ear. Sending lots of love your way. xx

  77. 155

    Grateful for a loving family and wonderful friends.

  78. 157

    I have been blessed this past year in many ways — my 3yo granddaughter moved here from Florida (parents too ;-) ) ; a great school year last year with a great principal, and having a lobimg God who helps me see the blessings no matter the circumstances!

    • 158
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s so nice to have your family close by. I bet it’s lovely having your granddaughter so close. xx

  79. 159

    I am grateful that my mom came through her surgery for lung cancer successfully!

    • 160
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Julie that is great news. My dad had lung cancer years ago, if you ever need to talk email me. I know it’s a rough road. I’m so happy to hear she is doing okay. Much to be grateful for. xx

  80. 161

    I very thankful, happy and gratefull to be healthy.

    • 162
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It’s a good thing right. I’m also grateful for you being healthy. I love having you pop by. Hope your holidays were fabulous Liz. xx

  81. 163

    I am grateful for my family, friends, pets and our health

    • 164
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      All wonderful things to be thankful for. Life is a gift, it’s great to see so many people who are grateful for all the right things this season. This post just made my whole year. I love everyone’s responses.

  82. 165

    Grateful for my family and being able to spend the holiday with them.

  83. 167
    Kelly Sievert says:

    I’m thankful for my loving family!

    • 168
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That’s so sweet, I think this whole comment section is just the nicest thing I’ve read lately. I’m so thrilled to have such amazing readers. You all are amazing. xx

  84. 169

    What a beautifully written and heartfelt post. Thank you for sharing your recipe and lovely words!

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  86. 173

    I love coming to your little space on the interweb. I love reading your posts. I remember when I was first introduced to your site. I thought, “This lady sure is funny. Imma be back soon…real soon.” Seriously Kim, I love your humor. You have a great site. You have such a great personality. I’m so honored to have met you through food. Here you go again creating an amazing hot chocolate recipe. Love! Pinned.

  87. 174

    Did you say “red velvet hot chocolate”?!?!?! My mind is blown! Must.make.immediately. Your photos are beautiful, lady. And you and your blog are totally kick ass, which is why we all come here. Much love to ya!

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