It's freezing! All you want to do is grab a blanket and a big mug of hot chocolate, not only to warm your cold hands, but to warm your soul as well.
If that scenery sounds familiar to you, try this Peppermint mocha hot chocolate, with those leftover pepermint sticks I know you still have laying around.
I've told you before that I bought a lot of candy on my recent trip to the US. One of the things that I wanted to bring back home was candy canes, since we don't see them much around here and my cousins seem to enjoy them. But as you can see in the picture, some of them broke in my suitcase on my way back home...
Instead of beeing sad about it, I just thought I'd do something else them. And by something else, I mean hot chocolate!
PEPPERMINT MOCHA HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
- 6 candy canes
- 100 gr (3.5 oz) dark chocolate (cold)
- 3 tbsp expresso (or coffee) powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup vanilla sugar*
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp chocolate (or cocoa) powder
- 1 cup milk powder
* I make my own vanilla sugar, by allways having a jar with sugar and dry vanilla beans, but you can use store bought or even regular sugar.
Blitz the candy canes until they're a fine powder. Set aside. Blitz the chocolate (cut in chunks before, it's easier) and add to the candy cane powder. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well, I recomend a wisk for this. Store in a lidded jar.
Peppermint candy canes powder
I've made mine in a Magic Bullet, but it will also work in a food processor. Just make sure the chocolate is cold (put in the fridge for a while before blitzing) or it will melt.
To make the hot chocolate:
Put 3 tbsp of the powder in a mug and add hot milk. Mix well and enjoy! If you want you can add water instead of milk, but I prefer it with milk.
Now go get that blanket!
Oh I think I should have called it "Chocolat Chaud" instead of hot chocolate, since I really need to start practicing my french! That's right, tomorrow I'm going to Paris! I'm going to spend the weekend to celebrate my birthday, cortesy of my lovely mom! I can't wait to see all those wonderful patisseries, oh lá lá!