I absolutely love to put candy canes in my hot chocolate, before and after I heat it up. A substitute for candy canes can be peppermint extract. They both add a great refreshing taste to hot chocolate.
Step 2: Added chocolate
I like to add extra chocolate to my hot chocolate because it adds to the creaminess of the hot chocolate. I prefer smaller chocolate such as chocolate chips over Hershey's Kisses because they melt faster.
Step 3: Marshmallows
Marshmallows are a classic hot chocolate item. I love them because... I don't know. I just like to put them in my hot chocolate. I have heard of putting marshmallow creme in because it's just that: creamier. I couldn't tell you from personal experience.
Step 4: Dairy products
Finally I have dairy products. I always heat up my hot chocolate more than necessary then add milk. Once again, creaminess. I also like whipped cream for the same reason as marshmallows. I don't know. I hope you like my instructable, it was made for the stay warm contest by Scoochmaroo.