‘Tis the season! What better way to welcome December than with an inviting and delicious mug of peppermint hot chocolate! According to Foodimentary, December 3rd is National Peppermint Latte Day, but in honor of the true holiday spirit I decided to ditch the caffeine because, after all, hot cocoa is Santa‘s favorite drink! These past three days have been nothing but gloom and rain (a rare occurrence in sunny Southern California!) and I’ll I’ve wanted to do is sit in bed with a warm drink and watch movies with my dog! Sadly, I didn’t have the luxury of skipping school, so I made this festive hot chocolate to lift my spirits–the reindeer mug certainly helped! I love hot chocolate anyways, but the peppermint adds an icy-warmth that gives the drink its amazing holiday twist! To me, hot chocolate is never complete without its traditional whipped cream topping, but this seasonal version called for special condiments; I added mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and of course crushed candy canes to create the ultimate Christmas touch! (All that’s missing is a Starbucks holiday snowflake cup!) I dare you to try swapping this treat for your daily morning coffee…Enjoy!
Recipe:Peppermint Hot Chocolate
***NOTE: While searching for recipes, I cam across this neat trick to keep your whipped cream intact by making Frozen Whipped Cream Dollops. I’m going to try this technique on the next drink, but if you try making them first, I’d love to know how they turn out!