Here are four recipes for making a serving of hot cocoa.

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Admittedly, crafting your own hot cocoa is slightly more work than popping open a can of powder and mixing it with hot milk (or worse… water).

But it is so worth the effort. If nothing else, at least doctor the powdered stuff with a dash of cinnamon, a spoonful of marshmallow Fluff, a spoonful of whipped cream or a quick grate of nutmeg (or ever better, all of them).

If you are willing to go to a bit extra trouble, there are numerous ways to crank out a fantastic cocoa that will still have you snuggled in front of the fire in no time.

Nutella Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

Makes 1 serving

1 cup whole milk

1/3 cup Nutella

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch salt

1. In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the Nutella, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until the Nutella is completely melted.

Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa

Makes 1 servings

1 cup whole milk

1/4 cup Fluff (marshmallow sandwich spread), plus extra for topping

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup peanut butter chips

1. In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the Fluff, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Whisk until completely melted and smooth. To serve, top with additional Fluff.

Five-Spice Ginger Hot Cocoa

Makes 1 serving

1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch five-spice powder

1. In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the honey, cocoa powder, ginger and five-spice powder. Whisk until completely smooth.

Saffron Vanilla Hot Cocoa

Makes 1 serving

1 cup whole milk

Pinch saffron threads

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk and saffron until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Whisk until completely smooth.

Additional recipe development by Alison Ladman.