There is nothing better than a warm cup of hot chocolate when it's cold outside. Do you call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa? I usually call it the latter, but either way, it's my favorite winter drink!
Growing up one of our favorite hobbies in the winter was sledding. And, you know what is best after sledding? Yes, hot cocoa and cookies! My best friend Celeste had a huge hill in her backyard that we would spend forever hiking up and sledding down. Afterwards her dad would make us hot cocoa from scratch... you know in a pot, over the heat with chocolate, sugar, and milk? That's where I learned that hot chocolate takes time, it's not instant. So when I opened Dessert'D I knew I would serve hot chocolate the old fashioned way, just like Bill used to make for us as kids.
But you don't have to go sledding to enjoy this festive Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. Even if you are just busy wrapping presents and need a little something sweet, this Peppermint White Hot Chocolate is the perfect snack! Get the recipe below.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
7 grams (1/2 teaspoon) organic cane sugar
4 cups organic milk
30 grams (2 tablespoons) organic cane sugar
30 grams (3 tablespoons) organic white chocolate for melting (find here)
2 teaspoons organic peppermint flavor (like Frontier Co-Op)
Organic milk chocolate shavings, for topping
Organic Vanilla Bean Marshmallows (find here)
Method To make the whipped cream: In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, add the heavy cream, vanilla extract and sugar. Whisk on low, and gradually speed up mixer to high as whipped cream thickens. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
To make the cocoa: In a medium pot, add the milk, sugar, white chocolate, and peppermint flavor. Put over high heat and whisk to melt the chocolate and combine everything. Heat until it reaches 140 to 160°F degrees on a drink thermometer.
Pour hot cocoa into mugs, top with whipped cream and top with chocolate shavings or marshmallows.
High Altitude - Follow the recipe as noted.