Woot! Week two of hot chocolate recommendations and I decided to go with a peppermint hot chocolate. One of my favourite flavours during any season is by far mint and caramel. I love classic candy canes and eating them on a cold winters day. So I did my research to find a good recipe for hot chocolate with peppermint. And I believe that I found an awesome one at http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/peppermint-hot-chocolate/ .
You can either make this from scratch or use one of the homemade packets. To make hot chocolate from scratch you can either heat up plain milk and mix in chocolate and sugar until it is completely mixed together. Than you can add about a fourth of a table spoon of peppermint extract, at first than if needed you can add a little more later depending on your taste. If you want to use one of the packets simple make the hot cocoa and than add the peppermint extract in after it is heated up and made. To spice it up a little more still, I would say to add a but of whipped cream on top, cause whipped cream always makes things better. You can also crush up candy canes and sprinkle them on top and use a full one as a stirring stick to add in that authentic flavour of an actual candy cane.
Hopefully this recipe brings in a little but of warmth into your cold winters day and that you enjoy it. There are dairy free options for this recipe also. You can use silk almond milk or chocolate almond milk and dairy free whipped cream. Another suggestion to the coffee fanatics out there you can make a cup of mocha coffee or regular coffee and add the peppermint extract, candy cane crumbles and whipped cream to add that coffee flavour into it too. Happy holidays and happy cooking!