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Recipe of the Month- December

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! This recipe is best for warming up after skiing or sledding, or just sitting around staring at your Christmas tree. In fact, it would be SO FUN to have this waiting for you when you come home from picking out your Christmas tree!

Use your crockpot to make a big batch of this rich and creamy peppermint hot chocolate.

INGREDIENTS

6 and 1/2 Cups Milk (I used 2%)

1/2 cup Heavy Cream (or just use more milk)

1 and 1/2 - 1 and 3/4 cups chocolate chips (start with less, add more for richer and sweeter hot chocolate)

1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon warm water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (I used 3/4 teaspoon. Start with less, add more to taste. Peppermint extract can be very strong!)

pinch of salt

For Garnish

Whipped Cream

Crushed peppermint candies

Chocolate shavings

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and warm water to make a paste.

  2. Add the milk, heavy cream, chocolate chips and cocoa paste to the slow cooker, set to low for one hour.

  3. Stir a few times with a whisk during cooking.

  4. When chocolate is melted, whisk until fully combined and smooth. Add the peppermint extract, vanilla extract and salt. Taste and add more peppermint extract if needed. If you want a sweeter, more chocolatey hot chocolate, add 1/4 cup more chocolate chips and stir until fully melted.

  5. Serve with whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies and chocolate shavings to garnish. Hot cocoa can be keep on the warm setting for several hours, but will need to be whisked a few times as it forms a skin on top.

NOTES

It is easy to go overboard, so start with less and add more to taste. I would start with 1/2 teaspoon and then add another 1/4 teaspoon if you feel it needs it.

For the chocolate chips, start with a smaller amount and add more to taste.

If the hot chocolate is too sweet just add a little more milk.

You can easily make it dairy free by using non-dairy milk and dairy-free chocolate chips. My mom used vanilla almond milk and I loved it!

ENJOY!

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