Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Hot Chocolate

My parents bought me an amazing milk frother in Italy this fall (for those who don't have parents in Italy to buy them a frother, see the end of this post). As a result, I have become a highly caffeinated version of myself-and those who know me, know I don't lack in energy! To calm my heart and allow me to fall asleep from time to time, I used my frother to update my favorite Christmas hot chocolate.

To make 4 mugs of hot chocolate:

1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies (or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and 1-2 drops of red food coloring)
4 cups whole milk
1 cup skim milk
10 ounces good quality white chocolate (if preferred, dark is perfectly fine-Godiva, Ghiradelli or Lake Champlain are nice choices if you are feeling indulgent!)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Red sprinkles to garnish

Chop up chocolate. In medium saucepan, bring milk to simmer and whisk in chocolate pieces until smooth. Mix in peppermint extract. Remove from heat.
While cocoa is heating, microwave 1 cup skim milk for 2 minutes, until very hot. Pour into milk frother, go nuts, and then fold in crushed peppermint candies.
Pour cocoa into 4 large mugs (a ladle helps here). Spoon milk foam over each mug. Garnish with red and pink sprinkles.

*Add Bailey's, Godiva Liqueur or Peppermint Schnapps for a grown-up version of this cocoa!


  1. How delicious!!! White chocolate, YUM!

  2. Looks amazing! I love hot chocolate!!!

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm super jealous you live in Boston, the food there is *amazing*. My best friend went to BU and I miss spending Spring Breaks up there with her. Talk about a week of great shopping and even better food!

  3. What a fabulous combination. I wish I had a cup of it right now. I bet it smells as good as it tastes.

  4. Yum! And I just got some white chocolate at the store, perfect!

  5. Interesting! White Chocolate milk sounds yummy!

  6. I just recently posted a hot chocolate recipe - although yours is decidedly different, it sounds just as delicious and festive! Yum!

  7. What a beautiful cup of Christmas cheer. White chocolate is a very nice twist.

  8. I'm told Ikea says a personal frother for under $10... if that's of use to anyone.


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