Mom’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Mom’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Mom’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Inspired by Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa
Prep and Cook time: 20 minutes | Serves 6-8

2 ½ cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Valrhona, Lindt, Callebaut or Ghiradelli*
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. instant espresso powder or good instant coffee
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract* (optional)
10 candy canes or peppermint candy sticks, divided
Sweetened Whipped Cream (recipe follows)

Heat the milk and half-and-half in a large saucepan over medium heat to just below simmering. Off the heat, add the bittersweet and semisweet chocolates and whisk until the chocolates melt. Whisk in the cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla, reheat over low heat, and pour into cups or mugs.

Meanwhile, place four of the candy canes in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Stir ½ tablespoon of the crushed candy canes into each cup, top with a generous dollop of whipped cream, and sprinkle the whipped cream with more crushed candy cane (recipe below). Add a whole candy cane stirrer into each mug and serve hot.

Sweetened Whipped Cream (Makes enough for 6 mugs of hot chocolate)
1½ cups cold heavy cream
¼ cup sugar
1½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Place the cream, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high speed only until the cream makes soft peaks. If you over-whip it, you can add more cream and whip it again until it makes soft peaks.

Notes: The better the chocolate and cocoa powder, the better the taste. If you can’t find any of the chocolates in your grocery store, they are available online at Amazon or others, such as Hershey’s now makes a nice Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder. Nielsen-Massey Peppermint Extract can usually be found at Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table, or in some specialty grocery stores.

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Scott Evans is a native Houstonian and the Publisher of The Social Book. His career has included success as a musician, management consultant, public relations firm owner, and technology consultant─all of which have injected him actively into the social scene for many years. Drawing on his musical background, in 1992 Scott co-produced a double CD called "Voices for Life" benefiting AIDS charities featuring Houston artists and highlighted by a music video of 200+ local celebrities singing Scott's original composition "Shades of Gray." Scott has hosted numerous events over his career and believes his best quality is his ability to make people feel a part of something special. (Photo: D. Jones Photography)

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