Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sippin' on Saturday

This recipe for hot chocolate makes some of the most delicious hot chocolate that I have ever tasted. I served it on Christmas morning last year. Everyone went back for more and scraped the bottom for the last drop. I will certainly be making it again this year on Christmas morning, too.

Peppermint Patty Hot Chocolate

4 cups milk
4 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
3 (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bars, broken into pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup peppermint schnapps
Garnishes: whipped cream topping, crushed hard peppermint candies.

Heat first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; add chocolate and salt, whisking until chocolate melts. Stir in peppermint schnapps. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 11 cups.

Click here for a recipe to make Peppermint Marshmallows.
Click here for a recipe to make Peppermint Stick Cocoa in a jar.


Chai Tea Mix

2 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
3/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea or decaffeinated instant tea
1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla-flavored powdered nondairy creamer

Combine spices and tea in a food processor or blender. Blend 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture becomes a fine powder. Pour into large bowl. Add sugar to food processor or blender (without cleaning it), and process until superfine, about 30 seconds. Add sugar to bowl of spices. Stir in milk powder and creamers; blend well. Spoon mix into gift jars, if desired.
To serve, stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai Tea mix into a mug of hot milk or boiling water. Yield: 5 1/2 cups mix.

Chocolate Chai Mix: Add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa along with dry milk powder to the blend above. Follow serving directions above. (Use milk with this.)

Chai Shake: Blend 1/4 cup Chai Tea Mix, 1 cup milk, and 3 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream in a blender.

White Chocolate Chai: Add 1/4 cup finely chopped premium white chocolate to 1 cup Chai Tea Mix. Stir well. Follow serving directions above with 2 heaping tablespoons per cup of hot milk or boiling water.


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  1. Yum! What a perfect christmas saturday drink!! I'm seriously headed out to buy the ingedients now.

  2. Oh I so wish I could grab that mug right out of the computer screen!

  3. Mmmm, those sounds great. I love hot chocolate :)

  4. Love the idea of doing a chai tea mix as gifts! That hot chocolate sounds amazing. Hope you're having a great weekend! :)

  5. the hot chocolate sounds wonderful.