Mom’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe
Christmas is hands down our favorite time of the year! One of the best parts of Christmas? FAMILY TRADITIONS!
Our family has a tradition of making mom’s peppermint hot chocolate on Christmas morning, just as we’re about to open presents. Because the most wonderful time of the year requires the most wonderful hot beverage. We have so many fond memories of sipping this deliciousness with Christmas tunes blasting in the background, a sea of wrapping paper on the floor, and family all around. It’s divine.
Believe us when we tell you that this hot chocolate is SO rich and creamy, and of course, packed with intense flavour! It’s quite possibly the best hot chocolate we’ve ever had (we’ll even go as far as to say it might beat out Angelina’s hot chocolate in Paris!).
3 cups of milk
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
6 oz (170 gr.) of finely chopped either dark or milk chocolate (depending on your preference)
1 sachet of espresso
1 pinch of salt
marshmallows/whipped cream for topping
Combine the milk, heavy cream, water, sugar, cocoa powder, one pinch of salt, and coffee in a medium sized sauce pan. Cook over a medium heat. Whisk frequently until sugar and hot cocoa powder dissolve, and the milk starts to steam. Do not boil.
Whisk in half of the chopped chocolate until it melts. We use dark chocolate from a brand called Collate, but you are free to use any brand of your choosing. Then whisk in the remaining chocolate until smooth and creamy. Remember, make sure it doesn’t come to a boil. This is crucial for maintaining its creamy consistency.
Finally, add 1-2 drops of mint extract to the mixture. Be careful of putting in too much—one drop goes a really long way. And by the way, if you don’t like peppermint in your hot chocolate and prefer the classic chocolate taste on its own, you can always skip this part.
Divide hot chocolate among mugs. If you’re feeling decadent, add a generous amount of marshmallows and whipped cream. Lastly, dust with cocoa powder.
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