Even though our family just got back from sunny Florida (we had unseasonably warm 90 degrees weather), I’m already looking forward to cozy fall and winter weather. To me, that means two seasons of sitting in front of a warm fireplace, planning gift ideas and drinking hot cocoa.
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Chocolate and Peppermint Extracts are perfect for such activities!
Invite friends and family over for a casual hot chocolate bar party. Set out mismatched mugs of various sizes, along with several types of hot cocoa, toppings and whipped cream. Use peppermint sticks for stirrers and have guests vote for their favorite concoction.
Try this recipe for Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. The rich cocoa in Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract mixes with cool peppermint for a decadent dessert perfect for a relaxing evening or holiday extravaganza.
⅓ cup unsweetened quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
1½ cups powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. Stirring occasionally, heat to desired temperature, being careful not to let the mixture boil. Stir in pure vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts.
Before serving, top with a Vanilla Bean Marshmallow. For an extra blast of peppermint, drop a peppermint candy in the bottom of each mug before serving.
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