It has been so cold outside lately, so my kids have been requesting hot chocolate. Since I had some peppermint sticks on hand, I crushed them up and made this really simple Peppermint Hot Chocolate mixture. They were ecstatic, and this has been a weekly beverage. I used skim milk in my recipe because that is what we drink at my house to reduce the calories and fat a bit. Enjoy this cozy beverage just in time for the holidays.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 quart skim milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 regular-size peppermint sticks, crushed
1 cup mini marshmallows
Peppermint sticks (optional)
1 Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
2. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Ladle into mugs and top with mini marshmallows. Serve each with peppermint sticks, if desired.