Lake Champlain's Aztec Spicy Hot Chocolate. The ingredients read: sugar, Dutched cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne pepper. All my favorite things! It's not that spicy, just wonderfully flavored. Sometimes I can find it at Whole Foods but usually I just order two cans from Lake Champlain each winter and they get me through the whole year.
So if that's my "everyday" cocoa, then Jacques Torres' Classic Hot Chocolate is my special occasion sip. It's more expensive, it's much more intense and rich, and it is...to DIE for. JT does a Wicked hot choc, too, similar to Aztec, but I find it a little too spicy and it overwhelms the chocolate so I prefer his classic. The mix has big chocolate chunks in it and the mixing ratio is 1/4 cup mix to 1/2 cup milk...so like I said, it's intense but sooo delicious and perfect. JT has outrageous shipping but luckily I grabbed a can on my trip to NY in November, phew!
I also love peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks, and I saw McDonald's serves some now too - I haven't tried it but I am dubious.
Have you ever gotten a "steamer" at Starbucks? It's just hot frothy milk with a flavor in it, no chocolate. I love Irish cream - amazing! - and I recently tried gingerbread which was pretty good, too. So comforting and warming. But if that ain't your thing, this is the best time of year for other flavor drinks - case in point, this refrigerator case at Target. There are eggnog, gingerbread, sugar cookie and peppermint creamers. Plus red velvet and chocolate mint flavored milks, and lots of eggnog.
One final note - I only have one kind of clear mug, and like I said many of the drinks have whipped cream on top, so many of them actually look quite similar. Just bear with me and read the recipes; I hope they speak for themselves!