Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A little cup of Cocoa!

Today I woke up to a chilly Florida morning, it was 40 degrees! I am contemplating making this hot cocoa I whipped up last week for a work event. I was a little hesitant about the powdered milk in the recipe, however it is 1. so easy and 2.... SO GOOD! Enjoy.
{image from Real Simple}

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Serves: 10-12 people


For the basic peppermint hot chocolate:
3 cups nonfat dried milk
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1 tsp peppermint extract
7 cups water
marshmallows and candy canes for garnish

For a “mocha”:
Pour the cooked hot chocolate over a shot of espresso or a half-cup of very strong coffee.

For an “adult drink”:
Omit the peppermint extract and pour the hot chocolate over a shot of Peppermint Schnapps.


1.Use a 4 quart crock pot. Combine the dry ingredients into your crock pot and stir with a spoon. Squeeze in a half-cup of chocolate sauce, and add the peppermint extract. Add the water, a cup at a time, and stir well. The chocolate mixture will be bubbly and look powdery but it will cook together.
2.Cover and cook on high for
2-3 hours, or until completely hot. Serve with marshmallows and candy canes. If serving to guests, keep the pot on low with the lid off, and provide a ladle. If kept on warm, the hot chocolate will not stay warm enough.


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