Posted: Jan 06, 2014 9:00 AM
 
Forget cheap hot cocoa mixes. Try one of these gourmet blends. This isn't your kids' hot chocolate.

When it’s cold outside and you need a sweet pick-me-up, turn to one of these 10 gourmet hot chocolates. Perfect for a relaxing moment to yourself, each has a unique flavor profile. Stir up a smile with a hot mug of cocoa.

Dark hot chocolate with vanilla

Dark hot chocolate with vanilla

Vosges is known for super high-end chocolates and caramels. La Parisienne Couture Cocoa is a deep dark chocolate with a strong profile of vanilla. Savor the rich, velvety texture. (Vosges, $5)

White hot chocolate with lavender

White hot chocolate with lavender

In the mood for a lighter treat? Try Bianca Couture Cocoa, a white chocolate with intoxicating hints of lemon and lavender. It sounds strange, but it's completely delicious. (Vosges, $5)

Organic hot cocoa

Organic hot cocoa

Looking for vegan-friendly hot chocolate? Try organic hot cocoa mix in four unique flavors, including smoky hints of chipotle. This is an indulgence that's seriously worth it. (Etsy, $39)

Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot chocolate on a stick

Serving four, this French dark hot chocolate on a stick is almost as much fun to make as it is to drink. Serve it at your next winter dinner party. (Etsy, $16)

Belgian milk chocolate

Belgian milk chocolate

Extra-large packets of hot chocolate mix make Holy Chocolate Belgian Milk a fan favorite. It's like drinking a hot version of your favorite chocolate bar. (Holy Chocolate, $11)

Peppermint drinking chocolate

Peppermint drinking chocolate

Like your favorite latte, this hot drink combines rich chocolate and bright peppermint. A true gourmet treat, Peppermint Drinking Chocolate is best enjoyed in tiny sips. (Allison's Gourmet, $8)

Spicy hot chocolate

Spicy hot chocolate

Believe it or not, a hint of spice goes a long way in hot chocolate. Try Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate to find out how well heat mixes with sweet chocolate. Mix with whole milk for a creamy texture. (Lake Champlain Chocolates, $11)

Mexican hot chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate

It might not be gourmet, but it's delicious. If you've never tried it, savor a hot cup of Ibarra Mexican Chocolate. This is a delicious treat you can share with the kids. (MexGrocer, $6)

Chocolate peanut butter hot chocolate

Chocolate peanut butter hot chocolate

Love peanut butter cups? You'll fall for this creamy Peanut Butter Cocoa. The nutty taste of peanut butter elevates your average cup of hot chocolate to something divine. You won't want to share. (Indulgent Foods, $5)

Salted caramel hot chocolate

Salted caramel hot chocolate

If you've ever watched a cooking show, you know that salt brings out the flavor in any dish. The same goes for chocolate. Indulge in Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate to get the best of these bold flavors. (Williams-Sonoma, $20)

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