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National Cocoa Day

December 13

When is National Cocoa Day?

National Cocoa Day happens on Friday December 13, 2024.

8 Toppings to Take Your Cocoa from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

December 13th is National Cocoa Day and what better way to celebrate than with a hot cup of cocoa? Have your tried the same old boring toppings for your cocoa? Spice things up this year by jazzing it up with something special and out of the ordinary. Here are 8 toppings that you can try for a yummy, delicious cup of cocoa!


Marshmallows are a classic topping for hot cocoa. Whether you use regular-sized or mini marshmallows, they melt perfectly in the warm chocolatey liquid. Marshmallow fluff is also an excellent topping if you’re looking for something unique.

Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is not just for coffee anymore! Top off your mug of cocoa with some freshly whipped cream and add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top. If you want to get fancy, make sure to use real whipping cream instead of aerosol cans. It’ll take your cocoa game up a notch!

Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips are another classic topping for hot cocoa. They add an extra dose of chocolatey goodness that will take your mug from good to great. You can choose from semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips depending on how much sweetness you like in your cup.

Chocolate Syrup

If you want to indulge yourself then why not try adding some chocolate syrup? This topping will bring out the richness in any kind of cocoa and it pairs perfectly with a sprinkle of mini marshmallows or some freshly whipped cream.

Cinnamon Sticks & Ground Cinnamon

Adding cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon adds an unexpected twist to the traditional hot cocoa recipe. The subtle hint of spices adds warmth and depth that no other topping can provide. Plus, cinnamon sticks looks stunning when served in mugs!

Mint Leaves & Crushed Peppermint Candies

Mint leaves add a refreshing flavor that pairs perfectly with warm, chocolaty drinks like hot cocoa. Crushed peppermint candies also go well with this beverage as they bring out its sweetness while also adding a bit of crunchiness at the same time. Not only do they look pretty but they taste amazing too!

Peanut Butter & Nutella

Add some creamy peanut butter or thick Nutella spread into your mug before pouring in the steaming hot liquid and stir until everything has melted together nicely. This combination gives an incredible nutty flavor that takes your traditional cup o’cocoa up several notches in terms of deliciousness!


Sprinkles make everything look more fun—including hot cocoa! Just pour your drink into mugs then add some sprinkles on top using different colors for added visual appeal (and yumminess!). Kids love this one – so be sure to save some sprinkles for them next time you have a party or family gathering celebrating National Cocoa Day!
There you have it – 8 delicious ways to dress up your mugs of hot cocoas this National Cocoa Day (December 13th). These toppings are sure to make all kinds of different cups o’cocoa come alive with flavor and fun! Happy National Cocoa Day everyone!!

When does National Cocoa Day happen next year?

National Cocoa Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Saturday December 13, 2025
  • Sunday December 13, 2026
  • Monday December 13, 2027
  • Wednesday December 13, 2028
  • Thursday December 13, 2029


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