Delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

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I have this memory from high school, and it is one of few that doesn’t involve an awkward moment. Back in the day, on a brisk Friday night, I helped out at my high school’s concession stand during a football game. It was a voluntary move on my part; there was no compensation besides maybe a free hot dog and/or beverage. It was pretty cold outside and there wasn’t much keeping us warm inside this tiny hut. But there was hot chocolate. House-made, in fact. It wasn’t from a machine like the ones in a lot of gas stations. And it was good!

When it came to seeing how it was made, I saw just a handful of ingredients go into a giant pot. One was sweetened condensed milk. “That makes so much sense!”, I thought to myself. My thought process went: It’s sweet. It’s condensed. It’s milk! With water and cocoa, it’s hot chocolate!

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Here we have a recipe that I adapted from that basic construct. To make it even creamier, white chocolate chips are melted and stirred in. What you’ll end up with is a balance of sweet, creamy and chocolate flavors. The peppermint is really good in it and adds a kick of something more. (If you prefer, it can be left out.)

Top it off with a heap of marshmallow topping and peppermint candies. It’ll look extra special and have even more to offer your palette!

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Yields: 4-6
Dietary: Gluten Free
Warm up with this rich, tasty peppermint hot chocolate. An affordable and quick sweet treat!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water
  • 14oz sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup peppermint candies (crushed)
  • dash salt (optional)
  • marshmallow topping

Directions:

Measure out the ingredients. In a saucepan, heat the water, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, white chocolate, salt and half & half until the mixture reaches a simmer (over medium heat). Using a whisk will help distribute the white chocolate as it melts and also break up any cocoa lumps. Stir often since milk can easily
scald!
As the saucepan ingredients reach a simmer, reduce the heat to low. Now stir in both the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Heat for a few minutes more, then turn off and remove from heat.
After the hot chocolate has slightly cooled, pour into mugs using a ladle. Top with the desired amount of marshmallow topping and peppermint candy. If there's extra, it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Note(s):

» Whole milk may be substituted for the half & half

» Use more or less extract based on your taste preferences

What’s your favorite hot drink to have in the dead of winter?

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Comments

  1. Lynda Johnson   •  

    This is really beautiful, and sounds delicious!

    • Evie   •     Author

      Thanks! I’ll have to make it for you and David sometime.

  2. Leilani   •  

    That looks wonderful. Have you considered an alcoholic version for us wild types/those who need help dealing with the gloom of winter? :-) One of my cold weather hobbies is adding peppermint schnapps or whipped cream flavored vodka to hot cocoa.

    • Evie   •     Author

      “Cold weather hobbies”….haha! I know exactly what you mean. Those both sound like delicious additions!

  3. dina   •  

    i love peppermint hot cocoa. yum!

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