Tuesday, December 17, 2013

peppermint hot chococlate

serves: 2-4

½ cup of sugar
¼ cup of cocoa
dash of salt
4 cups of milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp of peppermint extract or candycane
whipped cream:
heavy whipping cream
1 tsp confectioner sugar
use a whisk to combine all dry ingredients.
the salt gives the cocoa a little edge.
combine dry ingredients to 4 cups of milk and bring to a low boil in a saucepan.
while the hot chocolate is heating, make your fresh whipped cream. whip the heavy whipping cream until peaks form. add a tablespoon of sugar at a time to taste.
crush up a candy cane.  this will be the garnish for the top of your whipped cream.
once boiling, remove from heat. add the vanilla extract. to get the peppermint taste you can use a tiny bit of peppermint extract or you can  toss in a small candy cane into the pot and let it melt.
be careful not to use too much.
serve hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, candy cane bits. for added peppermint flavor, you can hang a candy cane from the mug to use a a stirring stick.

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