To be fair, we were newlyweds eating every meal at the breakfast bar because we didn’t have a kitchen table. We had bigger things to worry about than decorating for our first Christmas. My mom lent us a few small decorations, but our home was decidedly not festive. I was shopping at Target a few days before Christmas, and saw advent calendars on sale. I didn’t even care that it wasn’t a good deal. I bought it, brought it home, and filled it with peppermint bark bells. And Luke and I proceeded to “backdate” our calendar by eating all the candy up to the current date (practically Christmas). Whoops.
This year, we have a tree, ornaments, stockings and plenty of decorations to celebrate the season. I made a special trip to the grocery store to buy candy for the advent calendar, and had it filled with candy by the time Luke came home from work on December 1st. He was so excited to see the advent calendar, until he opened the first day. His reaction was priceless, “Ingrid, did you fill the advent calendar with MINTS????”
Guilty. Guilty as charged. I love peppermint at Christmas time (and the rest of the year as well) and couldn’t
resist. To be fair, I did also buy some peanut butter cups and put them in the advent calendar as well, although Luke hadn’t seen them at first. I simply can’t get enough peppermint this time of year, and this peppermint hot chocolate is perfect for December (and our adorable new Christmas mugs!) Best of all, this recipe has a white chocolate and a milk chocolate variation, so you can indulge in your favorite. Or have a warm mug of both- I won’t judge.
- 4 cups of milk (I used skim, you can use whatever you have on hand)
- 8 oz (1 cup) white or milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces (chocolate chips work great. Make sure you use white or milk chocolate chips instead of the standard "semi-sweet", or you'll be in for a bitter-tasting surprise)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- In a small saucepan, heat milk and chocolate over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally, being careful not to boil mixture or burn chocolate on the bottom of the pan.
- Bring to a simmer and stir until all chocolate is melted and well combined.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla and peppermint.
- Stir and serve! Top with whipped cream, marshmallows or crushed peppermints. Enjoy!
I crushed my peppermints with a quick pulse from my Ninja blender- worked like a charm! I also hear coffee grinders work well (but this tea drinker does not own a coffee grinder).
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven