I am a hot chocolate lover. That’s probably a huge understatement, because it’s one of my favorite things One of those that top the list is Homemade Hot Chocolate. I grew up with hot chocolate being homemade–I don’t think I even knew what a hot chocolate packet was. Making homemade hot chocolate doesn’t take long, and it’s SO yummy–perfect for all of those cozy evenings and holiday gatherings with family and friends! Make it in minutes!
For us it’s part of our holiday celebrations–every time they come in after playing in the snow, when we make Christmas cookies, after a Christmas outing, at parties, on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and any other excuse we get!
This recipe doesn’t take long at all to make, and everyone you serve it to will think you are a superstar.
I love adding the peppermint cream on top–it’s the perfect complement for the rich & cream chocolate. If you don’t like peppermint, you can always use plain whipped cream with a little sprinkle of cinnamon & sugar (add it to the hot chocolate, and on top of the whipped cream both), with marshmallows, or plain. It’s delicious any way you serve it!
Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream
- 1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 3-4 c. whole milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1/4 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract
- 2 candy canes crushed
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips with the can of evaporated milk. Once they're melted, stir in the four cups of milk and heat through. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Serve with Peppermint Cream if desired!
Peppermint Cream: In a mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until it's just beginning to form soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar (you can do more or less to taste), and beat until incorporated. Add the peppermint extract and crushed candy canes, then beat again until the right consistency. I like to spoon the cream into a sandwich bag, push it down into one corner, snip the corner off of the bag, then pipe it onto the top of the hot chocolate. Sprinkle a few more bits of candy cane on top, and enjoy!
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