Hot chocolate mint mix

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one of our favorite hot drinks at this time of year. Hot tea has its place forever in my heart, just like Chai Lattes and Cafe con Leche, but there is something in a cup of cocoa that invites me to sit in front of the Christmas tree and savor the moment. Mix up a batch of this hot cocoa mix today and have it ready for easy hot chocolate during the holiday season.

Since I first made homemade hot chocolate a few years ago, and then laughed at myself for thinking it was going to be difficult, I haven't bought another store-bought hot chocolate mix. Simple homemade cocoa requires nothing more than unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar and milk. You can add chocolate chips, vanilla, whipped cream, miniature marshmallows, homemade marshmallows – just about anything fun or fancy will make it more special.

Like at least half of the people I know, I frequently stir my hot chocolate with a candy cane or drop a peppermint into the bottom of the mug. While I was stirring my cocoa with a candy cane the other day, while watching Sean and the kids install our Christmas tree, I decided to see if I could grind some mint candy and make a ready-to-use hot cocoa mix to enjoy during all vacations. As expected, the blender turned the mint candies into powder and everything dissolved perfectly. This is the mildest, creamiest cocoa of mint you could have imagined.

For a gift you won't really forget, wrap a jar of this Peppermint hot chocolate mix along with a packet of these cups of hot chocolate chip cookies or these S’mores chocolate chip cookies.

Hot chocolate mint mix

Servings: 14 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup finely crushed candy canes I used (40) starlight mint mints

Instructions

  • Whisk all the ingredients and transfer them to an airtight container.

  • To prepare hot chocolate:

  • Combine 1/4 cup of the hot chocolate mixture and 1 cup of milk in a saucepan for each serving of hot chocolate. Whisk to combine. Heat over medium heat until it boils, stirring occasionally. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Pressing the candies in a food processor or powerful blender will crush them finely and turn them into candy powder in just a few seconds. You can also put the candies in a sturdy ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin until they are all crushed.

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