National Cocoa Day – Lavender Cocoa

Did you know there’s a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? Here in the U.S. we tend to use the terms interchangeably, but there is a difference! Hot chocolate is literally drinking chocolate – shavings of chocolate melted into cocoa butter or simply melted and sipped. Hot cocoa, on the other hand, is made with cocoa powder, milk or water, and sugar.

So let’s celebrate the day with a little twist on the traditional! Instead of sugar, how about some lavender syrup?

Here’s How to Do it:

This makes one cup –

Stir the milk, lavender syrup (you can make your own syrup by following the link here, or check out Amazon below – they have it ready made) and cocoa powder into a small saucepan. Simmer until it’s warm (or hot if you like it like me).

Pour into a warmed cup (fill with hot water and let it sit). Top with whipped cream and some sprinkles of the powder.

Enjoy by the fire on the cold December day.

5 from 6 votes
Lavender Hot Cocoa

A little bit of a twist to a traditional winter beverage.

Course: beverage
Keyword: chocolate, cocoa, lavender
Servings: 1 serving
Author: HelenFern
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons lavender syrup
  • Whipped cream for the top
  1. Mix all the ingredients except the whipping cream in a saucepan. 

  2. Simmer until heated through and the temperature you like it. (Be careful not to scald the milk)

  3. Pour into a cup and top with whipped cream. Garnish with some cocoa powder.

  4. Sit back and enjoy!

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Here are some things that are perfect for the celebration!

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Here are a few more ideas to treat yourself with –

Mexican Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Cocoa

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12 Responses to National Cocoa Day – Lavender Cocoa

  1. Antonia says:

    I didn’t know that, I always use the two interchangeably! I love this cocoa! Thank you for sharing with us over at Fiesta Friday!

  2. Hot cocoa in itself is awesome. I can only imagine how much more awesome it would be, with the addition of lavender syrup! :)
    Lovely recipe!

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  5. Laura says:

    5 stars
    I really love the flavor of the lavender in this drink. Great way to use the syrup I had for another purpose.

  6. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Sounds perfect for the holidays. Bookmarking!

  7. Amy Liu Dong says:

    5 stars
    This is so easy and looks really delicious. I can’t wait to try this at home.

  8. Audrey Sommer says:

    5 stars
    I love hot cocoa, and I love that you use lavender syrup, what a wonderful twist, never heard of that!

  9. andrea says:

    5 stars
    this lavender hot cocoa is something special! the flavor is delicious!

  10. Jerika says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa.:) Love this Lavender Cocoa!

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