Peppermint Hot Chocolate #ChristmasWeek

Welcome to day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Peppermint Surprise”.

I love peppermint this time of year, but since I shared Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies yesterday, I wanted to go a little different today.  So I did a drink!  I am not a coffee drinker, but I do like going to Starbucks for one thing.  Their Peppermint Hot Chocolate is amazing!  I am sure it is full of whole milk, and full fat whipped cream, but I made something pretty darn close with a lot less calories at home!

Hot Chocolate from scratch is so easy, and tastes so much better than those instant packets.  All you have to do is heat some milk over a low heat, throw in some chocolate to let it melt.  Stir in a little sugar, and in this case peppermint, and you are done.  You don’t even have to stand over it, stirring the whole time!

I made this while my son was at school, but made sure to save him some for a snack.  He was thrilled. He loves hot chocolate, and was very happy with this version.  Plus he got a candy cane out of it, so how could I go wrong :)  This would be great to have around for the holidays.  Make this, dump it in the crock pot to keep it warm, and you have a great party drink.  You could even swap out the peppermint extract for a peppermint liquor for the grown ups!

This isn’t my only post today!  I am also making Peanut Butter Cup Blossom Cookies as part of #25recipestoXmas.  I hope you will check them out, they are kind of over the top and delicious!

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Strawberry Hot Chocolate

As I am sure you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I think that most people out there have been touched by this disease in one way or another.   I recently had a friend diagnosed with breast cancer, and I became even more aware of it.  According to BreastCancer.Org 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their life.  About 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.  To me, the moral of the story is it can affect just about any one!  And the best way to find it – self exams.  Please, take the 1 minute a month and do this test on yourself!

So Cassie, from Bake Your Day and I are teaming up this week.  We rallied the tro0ps and are bringing you a full week of pink recipes, or recipes that are helpful in fighting cancer.  Each day at the bottom of our posts you will see links to the other blogs who are helping us raise awareness.  Check out what they make, we have some seriously talented people involved! And the end of the week we will even have a fun giveaway.

Today I went with pink.  I made a strawberry hot chocolate.  You could go the quick route and use Nesquik strawberry powder, but I used actual fresh strawberries.  So maybe it is a little on the healthier side too :)  The fresh strawberries give it a not too sweet, and real strawberry flavor.  Great way to warm up on these cooler days.

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Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

It is finally October!!  I have been waiting for this for a few weeks now.  As soon as the temperatures started to cool, I was in the mood for pumpkin.  But I didn’t want to share it with you until October hit.  In my head September is reserved for apples.  So not only am I giving you pumpkin today, but it is also #ChocolateParty time!

This is a fun group to be a part of.  The first Monday of the month we share a chocolate recipe that incorporates a themed ingredient, this month pumpkin, last month apples.  Want to join?  Check out all the info here!

So to kick off the pumpkin season I made hot chocolate.  I will admit I was a little skeptical about this recipe.  I love chocolate and pumpkin together, but in a drink I wasn’t sure how it would be.  Well….it was amazing!  I seriously could not get enough of it!  The pumpkin is definitely present, but it is in the background.  The cinnamon with the chocolate is just so soothing, and perfect for a hot drink.

I made this when my 7 year old (the other pumpkin fan in the family), was at school.  I did save him a glass for when he got home.  I didn’t tell him what it was, just hot chocolate.  He took one sip, got a big smile on his face, and said “Pumpkin Hot Chocolate!”  He loved it, and drank all of it.  Which for him is impressive, I usually make him just a small glass, and he doesn’t finish it.  So this is a must make this fall!

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