Thursday, January 16, 2020

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

White flakes gently fall from the sky. Sunlight glistens off frozen branches. Sounds are hushed by knee-high snowdrifts.

A stunning picture - but the idyll is immediately torpedoed by the shrieks & giggles of my three sons, barreling full tilt down the hills on their sleds. Their fun is a combination of childish glee and dare-devilness, all at hair-raising speeds. I don't know where they get it from (I lied, it's totally from me!).

So far this year, we've had three snow days called in our town and its only the beginning of Winter. Even though there's no white stuff on the ground today, living in New England, you know its coming! Why not prepare for the inevitable cold weather ahead with a gloriously rich and Pepperminty White Hot Chocolate!

Steaming hot milk mixed with creamy white chocolate, vanilla, and a dash of peppermint extract, for a lovely variation on classic hot chocolate. Top with mountains of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed old-school red & white peppermint candies, and you have a treat any kid would slurp up! Add a dash of vanilla vodka and take it to a 'grown-ups only' snow day delight!

Be sure to find me on the app, for behind the scenes photographs of this shoot and a peek into my cozy winter hideaway of a sitting room! It's all about the dreamy soft colors and plush surroundings!

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
makes 4-6 servings.

4 cups 2% milk
1 cup premium white chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract
peppermint candies & whipped cream for garnish

Heat the 4 cups of milk at medium heat until steaming hot (not boiling!). Stir occasionally to make sure that the milk doesn't scald.

Add the white chocolate chips, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted, either with a rubber spatula or wire whisk.

Serve in your favorite mugs, and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies!

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