With cooler weather comes the chance for all kinds of kid-friendly coziness–from couch forts to snugly layers of blankets. And then there’s the ultimate get-warm treat: a hearty helping of hot chocolate. Everyone has their go-to recipe, but now’s the time to branch out, nix the packets of powdered stuff, and spice up your kiddo’s mug with some fun variations on the classic drink. Click through the slideshow below and get ready for your kids to go cocoa crazy.

Bonus: Homemade Marshmallows

While we're not about to take a side in the whipped cream vs. marshmallow debate, we do think this Smitten Kitchen recipe for homemade marshmallows is a keeper. Your kiddos will love the sticky result. Go for the classic fluff or add some flavor—peppermint marshmallows, anyone?

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— Abigail Matsumoto