I have been on a crazy hot chocolate kick lately. If I am going to have to go out in these awful single digit temps I better at least get something out of it. I have always been a fan of hot chocolate. It is one of the few hot beverages I will drink. I don’t like coffee and I don’t like tea. I do like hot chocolate and hot apple cider though. The last couple of weeks I have been making myself a single serving of hot chocolate nearly every night. I usually just make a plain cup using my Keurig. But once in awhile I will feel extra motivated and make a really fun version of hot chocolate. Last year I was obsessed with this one. A couple years ago I was all about the thick hot chocolate I got in Italy. Which, by the way, if you have never had rich, thick, Italian hot chocolate you should definitely treat yourself. It is seriously like eating hot chocolate pudding. I have never found it locally. Makes me want to go back to Italy just for the hot chocolate.
I have always loved the mint/chocolate combo. Thin Mints. Mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I have never had mint or peppermint hot chocolate though. And I have never had white hot chocolate before. I will definitely be making this one again this winter though. It was really easy to make and worth every minute. The white chocolate is sweet but not so sweet that you cannot drink more than 1-2 sips. The peppermint makes it nice and fresh. The whole thing really gets me into the holiday spirit too. If you are having a holiday party this year this would be a great drink to make. It is a nice change from regular hot chocolate but it is a flavor combo that many people enjoy.
- 2/3 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 2 candy canes, crushed
- 4 cups milk
- 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- In the bowl of a stand mixer whip the heavy cream and the crushed candy cane on medium high for about 6-8 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
- Heat 4 cups milk on the stove top over medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to low and stir the chopped chocolate and the peppermint extract.
- Stir until the chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
- Ladle the white hot chocolate into cups and top with peppermint whipped cream.
- Garnish with candy canes if desired.