Winter warm ups.

I could survive without soda. I could survive without mango juice. I could even survive without coffee. I cannot however, survive without tea. Anyone who knows me, knows I have an unbreakable bond with my teas. Although, I am also the first one to jump at any opportunity to be festive and engage in a holiday or season to the fullest extent, so this can cause an internal dilemma sometimes and the occasional caffeine overload!

Everyone knows that September and October are reserved for Pumpkin Spice flavored beverages and hot apple cider. November is kind of that odd month that nobody knows what to do with while we unwind from Thanksgiving and Halloween and we get ready for Christmas and New Years. I guess if you are American, you have Thanksgiving but us Canadians had that in October so we are left dazed and confused for the month of November. And then by the time December graces us with its presents, we are moving onto hot chocolates.

I refuse to fall victim to Plain Jane hot chocolates this year. Nope, will not happen! Don’t invite me over and serve me any of that chocolate syrup in a mug of warmed milk, I’ll stay home!

I have put together a list of my favorite alternatives so you please please please don’t serve Plain Jane hot chocolates this year!!

 

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate.

Peppermint and chocolate were just meant to be together. Especially when it’s white chocolate. And it’s hot. And it’s in drink form. And topped with whipped cream. And sprinkles! The only thing better than sitting in a dimly lit room by the Christmas tree is sitting in a dimly lit room by the Christmas tree with a peppermint white hot chocolate in hand.

peppermint white

Here is what you will need:

10 ounces of white chocolate

2 cups of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of peppermint extract

Here is what you will need to do:

Place all the ingredients in a pot and heat over medium heat. Stir while the chocolate melts. Once the pot begins to simmer, reduce hear to low. DO NOT BOIL! Continue to stir until the chocolate is melted all the way and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and serve. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. To go the extra mile, you can use peppermint whipped cream! For an adult version, add Absolute Vanilla Vodka and enjoy!

 

Bailey’s Hot Chocolate.

If you have a traditional hot chocolate, and you don’t add marshmallows – can you even tell people you’re drinking hot chocolate? They can’t be just any boring marshmallow taken right from the bag and tossed into your mug either. If you’re going to do it, you have it do it right and use campfire marshmallow!

hot coco

Here is what you will need:

3 cups of milk

1/3 cup of half and half

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream

Marshmallows

Here is what you will need to do:

♥ In a small pot over medium heat, add the milk and the half and half. Once it starts to simmer, slowly add your chocolate chips.

Whisk frequently to prevent burning and once the mixture is fully combined, all your Baileys and simmer for another 30 seconds or so until combined.

Transfer to oven safe mugs and broil on low and place your marshmallows in the mugs. Keep the oven door open while doing this and keep a close eye on the marshmallows because they will cook fast! Once they look good and toasty, remove from the oven and enjoy! If you are looking for a different flavor, you can substitute the traditional Baileys for Baileys Almande (subtle almond hints), Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon, Baileys Salted Caramel, or Baileys Chocolate Cherry  You can obviously skip the Baileys for a kid friendly version.

 

Nutella Hot Chocolate.

Because it is socially frowned upon to eat Nutella straight out of the jar for a meal – put it in your drink instead!

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Here is what you will need:

4 cups of milk

4 tablespoons of Nutella

2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of sugar

 

Here is what you will need to do:

In a medium pot over medium heat, combine all ingredients and whisk until fully combined. Bring to a gentle simmer and serve Top of with a drop of additional Nutella, chocolate chips and/or marshmallows! Don’t be afraid to toss in some Mozart Gold Chocolate Cream Liqueur either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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