On a cold winter night, there are few things that compare to curling up by the fire with your favorite blanket than getting cozy with a warm cup of hot cocoa. Adding a traditional holiday flavor such as peppermint extract can also impart that extra seasonal touch.
Try this delicious gourmet hot cocoa recipe, perfect for any occasion, using fine vanillas and flavors from Nielsen-Massey (serve it alone or share it with loved ones).
Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
In a medium saucepan, combine: cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. While stirring occasionally, continue to heat until hot, without bringing to a boil. Stir in vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts.
Before serving, top with a Vanilla Bean Marshmallow. For an extra blast of peppermint, drop a peppermint candy in each mug before serving. Enjoy!
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