Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mint hot chocolate with chocolate dipped candy cane


Candy canes or Peppermint candy sticks
Chocolate (Such as milk chocolate chips)

Pre-packaged hot chocolate drink mix OR
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup hot water
3/4 tsp  Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mint extract OR
3    tbsp crushed peppermint candy or candy cane  OR
2-3 tbsp white creme de menthe
dash salt
Mini Marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)


  1. Melt some of your favorite chocolate (like milk chocolate chips) in the microwave for a minute.
  2. Dip one or both sides of the candy into the chocolate.  
  3. Lay on wax paper to cool and harden.
  4. Prepare packaged hot chocolate, OR...  
  5. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  7. Boil and stir 2 minutes.
  8. Add milk, stirring constantly.
  9. Heat to serving temperature. Do not boil.
  10. remove from the heat.
  11. Add vanilla extract and mint extract OR crushed peppermint candy OR creme de menthe.
  12. Blend or whisk until foamy.
  13. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream (if desired).
  14. Use dipped candy canes to stir your hot chocolate.
Note: Chocolate candy canes can also be used to enhance a variety of coffee flavors.

Yields 4- 8 oz servings.
Until next time, when we can chit-chat again! 

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