During days spent exploring blistering cold Boston in the winter, my favorite indulgence was a Peet’s peppermint hot chocolate. From a set of little stools you could watch the snow fall, sip away, and recharge for a bit before heading back out into the tundra. You may have been frozen to the bone, but for a moment you were wrapped in the cocoon of a warm, cozy coffeehouse.
While my hubby and I may live far from our first shared city now, peppermint hot chocolate remains my favorite antidote to bone-chilling weather. I’ll be sure to make plenty of it while spending Christmas in Chicago this year!
Thanks to this great recipe from McCormick, I could recreate this happy memory with a cup of white hot chocolate using their Pure Peppermint Extract. Topped with a puffy cloud of whipped cream, little candy cane bits and a bit of marshmallows, it was heaven!
Whip up a batch to warm up some chilly winter night, and you’ll love it, too! It’s quick ‘n easy, and all you need are four basic ingredients – milk, chocolate, half-and-half, and a bit of peppermint extract. Oh, and of course, a cute candy cane garnish!
Yield: Makes 3 (1-cup) servings
1 cup skim milk
4 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups half-and-half (or, use whole milk + heavy whipping cream)
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
Whipped cream and/or marshmallows, optional
In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add milk and chopped chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Stir in half-and-half and peppermint extract. Cook and stir until heated through.
Pour into serving cups. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and/or marshmallows, if desired.
Adapted from McCormick