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 most 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 remember thinking. My thought process went: It’s sweet. It’s condensed. It’s milk! With water and cocoa, it’s hot chocolate!
Here we have a recipe that I adapted from that basic construct, with the exception that it’s peppermint hot chocolate. The peppermint is really good in it and adds a kick of something more. (If you prefer, it can be left out.) 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.
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!
What’s your favorite hot drink to have in the dead of winter?