Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Hour: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I am in snowy Ohio visiting family and a hot chocolate sounds like a perfect treat for today. I was first introduced to the peppermint hot chocolate at the Rue/HGTV party last weekend at lavish...I was hooked! The Peppermint Schnapps gives it a good kick. 

I plan on trying this recipe:

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• 1 quart milk (skim, 2 percent or whole) or half-and-half

• 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (recommended: Scharffenberger)

• 9 ounces peppermint schnapps

• Bailey’s whipped cream, for serving (recipe follows)

• 6 peppermint sticks, for serving

Heat 1 cup of the milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate, stirring constantly, until melted. When the chocolate has melted, increase heat to medium and add the remainder of the milk while whisking rapidly. Do not allow to boil.

Serve in small cups fortified with a jigger (1 1/2 ounces) of peppermint schnapps and a dollop of whipped cream. Add a peppermint stick to stir.

Bailey’s Whipped Cream

• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

• 2 tsp. brown sugar

• 1 Tbsp. Bailey’s Irish Cream

Whip heavy cream to soft peaks. Add Baileys Irish Cream and sugar and whisk until combined and raised peaks hold their shape. Spoon a generous dollop of the whipped cream onto each cup of the hot chocolate.

What are your plans for the weekend?



  1. Sounds delicious! I also love Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha. It's one of my holiday favorites. Enjoy your trip!

  2. This sounds delish!! I will have to give it a try during the holidays :)

  3. This looks absolutely mouth watering - I think I'm going to have to try this before Xmas!


  4. This sounds so good right now. Saving this recipe!

    Janice (Couture and Crayons)

  5. definitely should try this
    i love coffees but during this holdiay season
    hot chocolate is a must

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