Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
This minty hot chocolate recipe holds holiday appeal for young and old alike!
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half
Sweetened whipped cream
6 peppermint candies
Combine cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a heavy saucepan. Add the boiling water, and stir over medium heat until the sugar melts and you achieve a thick liquid. Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but not boiling. Stir in vanilla, peppermint extract and half-and-half, and remove from heat. Divide the hot chocolate between 4 mugs. Top each serving with whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy.

This recipe is Emma-approved!
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