Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa

gourmet peppermint hot cocoa

Share a Cup of Warmth with a Dash of Holiday Cheer
by VERGE Staff | Food and Home | Wednesday, December 23, 2015 

On a cold winter night, there are few things that compare to curling up by the fire with a warm cup of hot cocoa. Adding a traditional holiday flavor such as peppermint extract can impart that extra seasonal touch. Here’s the recipe using fine vanillas and flavors for any occasion from Nielsen-Massey (serve it alone or share it with loved ones):

Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Serves: 6

*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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