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.

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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
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:
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup hot water, doesn't have to be boiling, just hot
  • 4 cups of milk, my preference for hot chocolate is 2%
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ 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:
  1. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour into mugs.
  4. Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream.
  5. 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. 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!

  2. 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.

    • 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

      • 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!

  3. 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.

  4. rachel says

    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?

  5. Laura C. says

    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

    • 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.

  6. 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…

    • 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.

  7. 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 ♥

    • 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

    • 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.

  8. Liz says

    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.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

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

    • 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

    • 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

  9. Pam Sohan says

    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 !

    • 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Rusty H says

    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.

    • 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.

  12. 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!

    • 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

  13. Tina Truex says

    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!

    • 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

  14. Kim Porter says

    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.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

  15. Stephanie says

    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!

    • 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

  16. says

    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!

    • 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

  17. WendyJ says

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

    • 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

  18. Kathie says

    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.

    • 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

  19. 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.

    • 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

  20. Amanda P says

    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!

  21. says

    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.

    • 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

  22. Theresa A says

    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!

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

  23. says

    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.

  24. says

    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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