Butterbeer Hot Cocoa

This is one of those recipes that once made, you’ll never go back to whatever you used to do. Nope. It’ll never happen. And if you do, you’ll spend the entire time questioning why you would do such a thing. 

Let’s get one thing out in the open. HARRY POTTER IS MY SHIT!

Please excuse my french…

But seriously, it’s a passion. First and foremost, I’m a big reader, and Mr. HP helped me cultivate this love of mind. Besides that, I find the story to be excitingly adventurous, and the entire wizarding world to be captivating. So you can imagine my pure joy when I came across Half Baked Harvest’s Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate recipe.


HBH is my absolute favorite food blog, as I’ve said before, and I find that literally anything that girl makes I’m instantly addicted to. This hot cocoa is no different. I did remove the pumpkin, because I didn’t think I’d really like it mixed in, and added a little extra butterscotch sauce because I have a deep love for butterscotch.



Look, the recipe takes a little bit of extra effort. But take my word, it’s 100% worth it. I like to top it with some whipped heavy cream which I add a few tablespoons of powdered sugar too. This time I added some chocolate sprinkles, but I’ve also drizzled extra butterscotch sauce on top as well. Also, it goes wonderful with Bailey’s!




Butterscotch Sauce

4 tbsp unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp bourbon

Hot Cocoa

4 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
6 oz. milk chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup butterscotch sauce
1 tbsp vanilla
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp bourbon


  1. To make the butterscotch sauce, melt the butter in a small pot before adding the brown sugar, cream, and salt. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Boil at medium for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat and add the vanilla and bourbon. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add the milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chocolate, butterscotch sauce, vanilla, butter, and bourbon. Heat it on medium/low heat until very hot, but try not to let it boil. STIR OFTEN!
  3. Once everything is melted and combined, pour your hot cocoa into your mugs, add Bailey’s if desired, top with anything you’d like, and enjoy!

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