Monday, December 5, 2011

Peppermint Hot Chocolate...

 


I hope everyone has started off December wonderfully!

My family has returned home and we are getting back into the swing of our usual routine again.

Now I can start my holiday baking!

I love this time of year...... even thought it takes a little getting used to in a hot tropical climate.

Although, it is warm where I live, I still like having a nice warm mug of hot chocolate every once in a while in the evening. It has winter written all over it.

My kids love it too!

The best kind of hot chocolate is the homemade kind. I kid you not. It's so much creamier and chocolaty and richer.

Please say you'll try it...

... it really is worth all the calories.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • 1-1/2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half
  • 6 Ounces of Good Quality Milk Chocolate (Do Not Use Bittersweet)
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • Whipped Cream For Garnish
Begin by heating the whole milk and half and half on low heat in a heavy duty saucepan. While heating, chop the milk chocolate. It doesn't need to be finely chopped, but small enough that it will melt easily. Once the milk mixture begins to steam, add the chopped milk chocolate and stir or whisk until completely melted and incorporated. Finally, add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and stir. Ladle into mugs and dollop whipped cream on top. Serve with a peppermint stick for fun. Makes 3 small servings or 2 large servings. 

Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. That cup looks so inviting! I can imagine how great it tastes! Beautiful colors too - the rich brown, creamy white and the bright red of the candy.

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  2. hmmmm, that looks way better than Starbucks coffee....maybe we need to move our coffee dates to your house! LOL

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  3. My favorite drink! This looks sinful!

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  4. Love it! One of my favorite combos is peppermint and chocolate!

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  5. Because I actually have peppermint extract in the house, I am bookmarking this. Looks wonderful!

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  6. Wow! This is awesome. I want to try it for Christmas Even!

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