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We upheld our annual tradition of picking out our Christmas Tree with long time friends and their family, and hot chocolate.
This year I experimented with Peppermint Hot Chocolate – some of the kids loved it and others didn’t care for the flavor.
I lined the cups up along the back of the car and divided the chocolate among them. I had loaded up my basket with various adult beverages (peppermint schnapps, Godiva chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and Kahlua were what I had in the liquor cabinet) so the parents could adjust the drink to their liking.
This will be the perfect accompaniment to the ice and snow forecast to come through over the next couple of days.

cups filled with Peppermint Hot Chocolate lined up along the back of the car


1/2 cup cream
2 cups whole milk
4 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
whipped cream and candy canes to garnish if desired

Whisk cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate, whisk until smooth. Whisk in extract. Divide hot chocolate among mugs, top with cream and garnish with candy canes if desired.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, December 2008