Recipe: Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate


Peppermint Hot Chocolate, courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Peppermint Hot Chocolate, courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com

What better way to chase off a winter chill than with a creamy and decadent cup of hot chocolate? Well, you could add peppermint to it! This flavorful treat is a beverage and dessert all in one.

Although I am not a mint lover, I do have a special place in my heart for peppermint. Believe it or not, I grew up on a street called Peppermint Drive. Yes, it’s true. It was surrounded by Candy Lane and Spearmint Drive. It’s like I lived in a Candy Land game!peppermint

Did you know that peppermint oil is an essential oil? According to Wikipedia, peppermint is a hybrid mint and is a cross between watermint and spearmint, and is the oldest and most popular flavor of mint-flavored confectionery.  Hence, it is often used to flavor both hot and cold beverages, such as this creamy hot chocolate.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 drops peppermint oil
Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, and salt and heat over medium-low heat.
  2. When the cream mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate, and stir, until melted.
  3. Stir in the peppermint oil.
  4. Divide the hot chocolate among mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Use a peppermint stick to add a festive garish.
  • If you prefer a lighter version, use less heavy cream and more milk, or substitute light cream for heavy cream.

Yield: approximately 4 servings

Source: www.foodnetwork.com, recipes courtesy Jackie Riley. Also, http://www.wikipedia.com

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