Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

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Rich & creamy chocolate covered cherry hot chocolate. The easiest hot cocoa recipe you’ll make! Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.


Who’s ready for this winter to be over? *Raising hands high*

We spent last week in Florida enjoying warm sunshine and fresh salty air breeze. I’m a summer girl through and through, but there is one part of winter that I can’t ever get enough of, and that’s being cozy with my family. Think warm fires, thick blankets, Netflix movies and cups of steaming, rich hot chocolate. Sound good to anyone else?


When we get towards the end of winter, I get excited that we are nearing the end of the school year. But it is during the wintertime months that I am most glad that we homeschool. I don’t have to leave to take the kids to school and they don’t have to get bundled up to go out early in the morning.


Mondays are special days because those are our hot chocolate days. Mondays need chocolate, right? Looking forward to a cup of steaming hot chocolate along side their school books helps the kids start their week with something special. And because they are kids, they always try to sneak in more “cozy days” during the week and ask for more hot chocolate. And that’s one thing that every now and then I cave on. I like my warm drinks in the morning, and they do, too!

Starbucks® Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods make it super easy for the kids to prep their own hot chocolate whenever they choose to on Monday mornings. With just a press of a button they have a warm drink to keep them cozy on snowy days. We fell in love with their thick, rich classic cocoa and salted caramel hot cocoa this winter. They are made with real, velvety cocoa and non-fat milk for a rich, creamy drink that you’re guaranteed to fall for.


Because my family loves hot cocoa and chocolate covered cherries, I had to dress up the classic hot cocoa to make chocolate covered cherry hot chocolate. It’s a simple recipe, really. Simply add two tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice to the bottom of your cocoa mug, then brew a cup of Starbucks classic hot cocoa.

To be just a little more cozy looking and for an extra dose of sweetness, add a dollop of whipped cream, shaved dark chocolate and a maraschino cherry on top.

Who knew the simple addition of cherry juice would enhance the hot chocolate flavor so much? My husband was impressed, the kids had Monday morning smiles. Life is good.

Excuse me while I go back to my cozy chair in front of the pellet stove with my chocolate covered cherry hot chocolate. You’ll find me there until spring breaks.




Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate

5 from 3 votes
Rich & creamy chocolate covered cherry hot chocolate. The easiest hot cocoa recipe you'll make! Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Servings 1 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

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  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 Cup Starbucks® Hot Cocoa K-® pod
  • Whipped Cream
  • Dark chocolate shavings or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Maraschino cherry


  • Pour the cherry juice into the bottom of a mug.
  • Brew the hot cocoa K-Cup into the mug.
  • Stir gently.
  • Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and a maraschino cherry.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 100kcal
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Calories 100

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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5 years ago

Hi there,
I just love all your recipes, but sometimes I don’t have what I need to make the different things. Like, can I use a different kind of cocoa mix, other than Starbucks® Hot Cocoa K-Cup® ? I don’t have one of the machines that you need to make them. No money to buy one either.

Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
8 years ago

I love everything Starbucks, and got some of these K Cups for myself. I need to try cherry juice in mine!!

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
8 years ago

love that you took a yummy sweet and made it into a hot chocolate!

Joanie @ Zagleft
8 years ago

I could go for hot chocolate anytime, I love how easy this is to make!

8 years ago

On a cold day like today, I would to sip one of these down…so delicious and comforting! xo, Catherine

Megan @ MegUnprocessed
8 years ago

I love chocolate and cherry together! 🙂

8 years ago

I had to pop over and tell you I just made your recipe! It truly was DELICIOUS! Such a treat, yet another reason to love my Keurig!!

Megan @ A Dash of Megnut
8 years ago

These pictures are absolutely stunning! And now all I want is this hot chocolate!!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
8 years ago

Delicious!!! I love the Starbucks® Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods!!
8 years ago

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. This hot cocoa truly looks special with all those wonderful toppings!