Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

It’s been freezing in Las Vegas, and that’s not me just being dramatic! It was 23 degrees last night! I even had to cover my plants in the backyard with sheets (keeping it classy, I know!) so they don’t hate me and die.

When the weather does turn cold in Las Vegas, I love enjoying coffee, teas and any drink that makes me feel warm and toasty. When I was little, we always had those packets of hot chocolate with those funky crunchy marshmallows. I don’t buy them as an adult because of all the mystery ingredients, but I remember feeling special (and grown up) because I usually enjoyed them with my parents when they were having their coffee in the morning.

Instead of buying those packets of hot chocolate for your kids, make your own! It’s pretty simple and they are way more delicious and creamy than the dry mix. And hot chocolate isn’t complete without some whipped cream right? My niece loves helping my sister make whipped cream. Your kids will love watching the simple cream whip into whipped cream for a tasty treat for the top of your hot chocolate.

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

-1 ½ cups coconut cream OR full fat coconut milk

-1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

– ¼ cup raw honey, maple syrup or turbinado sugar (aka sugar in the raw)

– ¾ cup diary free chocolate chips OR your favorite bittersweet chocolate

– ¼ cup peppermint Schnapps OR 3 drops peppermint extract (to make it kid-friendly)

-1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract

-pinch of salt

Add the coconut cream, almond milk, sweetener of choice and the chocolate chips into a small sauce pan. Melt the chocolate and sweetener over medium heat, stirring constantly so nothing burns. Once completely melted and combined, add the peppermint Schnapps or peppermint extract and stir. Serve in coffee mugs topped with Coconut Whipped Cream and a few extra chocolate chips.

Homemade coconut Whipped Cream

-1 can coconut cream (chilled)

-1 tablespoon honey OR maple syrup (warmed slightly)

Place the whole can of chilled coconut cream and honey or maple syrup into the standing mixer bowl or large bowl. Whip the cream in your stand mixer with the wire whisk attachment or whip in the large bowl with your hand mixer. Whip until firm peaks are formed, about 5-8 minutes depending on how cold your cream is. Use as topping for your hot chocolate. MakingHotChocolate Do you remember those packets of hot chocolate with the weird marshmallows? I was always super excited to decorate our Christmas tree and have a warm cup of hot chocolate. Our local garden nursery has been out of the larger trees so I’m anxiously awaiting for more to be in stock for I can listen to Christmas music, have a hot cup of spiked hot chocolate and finish my Christmas decorating!  SpikedPeppermintHotChocolate

Keepin’ Warm,

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