I break the rules a little and drink my favorite hot drink of hot chocolate all year round but ever since making my first homemade one last year around this time, I can't get enough of the stuff when we are hit with a snowstorm. Yesterday was one of those days and I could think of nothing more suitable to be drinking. Last year I shared recipes for Orange Cinnamon Hot Chocolate and a Mocha White Chocolate both of which will always be favorites. This time I've brought ginger and peppermint together and topped them with some sweet marshmallow fluff-mmmm!
I really need to shop for mugs. I use the same ones all of the time and they all made it through the move fine unlike some of my favorite shot glasses. A cute mug is what makes a warm drink that much better so it's on my shopping list. Recommend me your favorites in the comments below!
Have you ever been to a resturaunt and ordered some hot chocolate? If they know what their doing they'll bring you out a thick and creamy cup of goodness. The trick to getting your hot chocolate thick, chocolatey and creamy is using baking chocolate instead of the classic cocoa powder. You'll want to stock up on those baking chocolate bars for this cold season and get stirring, the results are AMAZING with a capital A. I'm sure I'll be sharing other versions this winter but keep in mind that you can incorporate any of your favorite flavors in easily if ginger and peppermint is just not your thing.
Ginger Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Yields: 4 Medium Cups
1 Cup of Broken up Baking Chocolate (About 6 Ounces)
4 Cups of Milk
1 Tsp. Peppermint Extract
1 Tablespoon Ginger Spice
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. of All Spice
1 Dollop of Marshmallow Fluff per cup
1 Tablespoon of Ginger and Sugar Each, Mixed
1. Put the broken chocolate into the bottom of a large pot. Add the milk and bring up a medium flame under it. Stir it constantly as the milk comes to a low boil to keep the two ingredients from burning. Use a whisk to do so as it'll bring the ingredients together well. Lower the flame as the milk comes to a boil. If it's not as thick as you would like add some more chocolate and if it's thicker then you want just add some more milk.
2. Once the chocolate has melted and incorporated with the milk, you should have a thick chocolate colored liquid at this point. Keep the fire on but on low and add the peppermint extract, ginger spice, all spice and cinnamon. Stir them in and allow the hot chocolate to cook up for another minute or two to bring all of the flavors together.
3. Pour the hot chocolate Add a dollop of marshmallow fluff to each mug. Mix some ginger and sugar and sprinkle some on top of the marshmallow fluff in every mug. Then serve.
What is your favorite hot drink to serve up when the cold weather sets in? Let me know, I'd love to try it and I really do enjoy hearing from you all!
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