Comfort food season — or life as we know it — would not be complete without red wine and chocolate. And even though we've been indulging in the two side-by-side for quite some time now, it was just last October that a mash-up of the two
beloved ingredients went viral in a big way. Red wine hot chocolate captivated seasonally attuned foodies everywhere not only because it was a new novelty recipe, but it's both cheap and easy to make. So now that crisp air has come back around, so has red wine hot chocolate sipping season.
Equal parts seductive and simple, all we need to hop on this blended beverage train is a bottle of red and a box of hot cocoa mix. Not to mention
the method of making a mug is as easy as simmering that wine and cocoa mix with either a little milk or water in a sauce pan, pouring, parking it on the couch, and enjoying. The only real work comes from scouting out the best bottles and boxes for blending.
But no need to leave the couch, because we've already rounded up 15 red wine and hot chocolate flavor pairings ahead that you can order now to easily elevate any chilly evening in. Scroll on for the bottles and boxes that hit all the tasting notes from spicy, sweet, salty, smoky, to smooth — we even threw a few chocolate bars into the mix for any comfort food purists who still prefer to indulge in the duo separately.
Pair: A Fruity & Spicy Blend Hints of blackberries and cherries with a spicy mocha finish. Dancing Flame Red Blend 2016, $6.99, available at Aldi.
With: A Spicy Mix Made with organic cocoa powder, cinnamon, chipotle pepper, nonfat milk powder, vanilla, and organic cane sugar. Cocoa Sante Spicy Hot Chocolate, $8.22, available at Mouth.
Pair: A Dark & Rich Syrah Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and red cherry. Invoke 2016 Syrah, $13, available at Winc.
With: A Mocha Mix A rich cocoa and coffee blend. Lake Champlain Chocolates Mocha Organic Hot Chocolate, $12.50, available at Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Pair: A Fruity & Woody Meritage Notes of raspberries and black cherries with hints of mocha and woody holiday spices. Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage 2013, $12.99, available at Trader Joe's.
With: A Hazelnut Mix A combination of rich chocolate and buttery hazelnut. Cisse Cocoa Co. Hazelnut Hot Cocoa Mix, $4.99, available at Target.
Pair: A Woody Cab Sauv Notes of black cherries, clove, and oak. Pacificana 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $13, available at Winc.
With: A Smoky S'mores Bar Dark chocolate blended with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers bits. Compartés S'mores Dark Chocolate Bar, $9.95, available at Compartés.
Pair: A Smooth & Spicy Blend Notes of dark plum, cherry, cocoa, spice, smoke, coconut, and vanilla. Saved 2014 Red Blend, $25, available at Bottle Collective.
With: A Parisien Mix Rich and creamy blend of dark chocolate flakes, vanilla, and cocoa. Cocoa Santé Dark Hot Chocolate, $11.75, available at Mouth.
Pair: A Darkly Layered Cab Sauv Notes of tobacco, cherry, and black currant. Long Live Liberté Cabernet Sauvignon, $9.99, available at Trader Joe's.
With: A Globally Rich Mix Combo of Ghanan-, Indonesian-, Venezuelan- and Brazilian-grown cocoa beans mixed with organic milk powder. Trader Joe's Organic Hot Cocoa Mix, $3.29, available at Trader Joe's.
Pair: An Herby Rosso Blue fruit and red currant notes with an herby finish. Charles Smith 2015 ViNO Rosso, $12.99, available at B21.
With: A Superfoodie Bar Killer superfood combo of antioxidant rich coconut flakes, ash, bananas, and dark chocolate. Vosges Coconut Ash & Banana Super Dark Chocolate Bar, $8, available at Vosges.
Pair: A Peppery Syrah Notes of blackberries and cassis with a white pepper finish. Porter & Plot 2013 Syrah, $13, available at Winc.
With: A Salted Caramel Mix A rich chocolate and buttery caramel mix with a hint of sea salt. Stonewall Kitchen Sea Salt Caramel Hot Chocolate, $12.95, available at Stonewall Kitchen.
Pair: A Plummy Pinot Noir Fruit forward with black cherries and plums atop an oaky tea leave finish. Tailside Pinot Noir, $6.99, available at Aldi.
With: A Classic Mix Blended with Godiva's premium chocolate. Godiva Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Canister, $15, available at Godiva.
Pair: A Bold Berry Blend Strong smooth and crisp notes of berries and spices. Stormchaser Red Blend, $7.99, available at Aldi.
With: A Salty-Sweet Chip Bar Milk chocolate bar blended with pieces of potato chips. Compartés Potato Chip Crisp Chocolate Bar, $9.95, available at Compartés.
Pair: A Warm Berry Blend Notes of dark berries, cherries, cranberries, and cedar with a warm spice finish. Billy’s Shadow Red Blend, $8.99, available at Trader Joe's.
With: A Cinnamon-Spicy Mix Blend of cinnamon, cayenne, and chocolate. Lake Champlain Chocolates Aztec Hot Cocoa, $9.99, available at Whole Foods.
Pair: A Creamy & Fruity Cab Sauv Notes of dark fruits with a vanilla-mocha finish. Denada Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, $7.99, available at Trader Joe's.
With: A Vanilla Bean Mix Milk chocolate mixed with creamy vanilla bean. Cisse Cocoa Co. Milk Chocolate Cocoa with Vanilla Bean, $4.99, available at Target.
Pair: A Spiced Berry Cab Sauv Notes of raspberries, blackberries, and plums with a spicy tobacco finish. 30 Miles Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99, available at Aldi.
With: A Rich Mix Premium cocoa beans blended with sugar, vanilla, and chocolate. Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa, $5.95, available at Ghirardelli.
Pair: A Sweet Cocoa Blend Notes of strawberries, cherries and cocoa. Rosa Obscura 2015 Red Blend, $13, available at Winc.
With: A Salty-Sweet Popcorn Bar A mix of candy, kettle, and caramel corn bits blended with milk chocolate. Compartés Carmalized Popcorn Milk Chocolate Bar, $9.95, available at Compartés.
Pair: An Aromatic Merlot Dark cherries notes with cedar, pipe tobacco, and cherry blossoms. Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot, $11.49, available at The Liquor Store.
With: A Subtly Sweet Mix Balanced combination of sweet and bittersweet chocolate shavings. Nunu Chocolates Hot Chocolate Shavings, $12.25, available at Mouth.