Friday, January 9, 2009

If it breaks, drink it!

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!

Au revoir!

68 comments:

HoneyB said...

Rita...your prepping me for the weekend! There is nothing I look forward to more than being home all weekend and not stepping outside in the cold!!! The hot cocoa looks awesome! Oh, and if you ever want candy canes sent to you....tell me! I'd be more than happy to ship them. They do make a sturdier candy cane....maybe the could make it there without breaking. ;0)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow Iam carving for this right now... With a cup of this under a hot blanket what could anyone wish for in this weather... Have a nice time in Paris..

Y said...

Have a fabulous time in Paris!!!! Lucky you :)

Were those candy canes mine, I would have done the boring thing and just eaten them as is :P

linda said...

What a fun recipe! Pity I don't have any candy canes lying around...

VeggieGirl said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! :-D

Natashya said...

Great idea for your broken candy canes! So much better than Starbucks.
I like to use the blitzed candies for rimmers on cocktail glasses too. Just moisten the rim first, then dip into the powdered candy, then fill with a complementing cocktail.

Cupcake Queen said...

ohhhh that sounds fabulous! i need to try that out!

Anette said...

ai que bem que sabia o chocolate quente agora que este froid todo...


Beijinho e bom ano!!!!

Mar said...

I don´t know this drink, but is very delicious sure, this week I will make it
One kiss for you

Katie said...

What a great idea to blend them until they are powder. I will have to use that! Have fun in Paris I wish I was there right now!

Maggie said...

My son would love making this!! We always buy chocolate peppermint soymilk around the holidays because he likes it so much. We'll try it with soy milk powder and see how it works.

♥Reeni said...

Powdered Candy Cane? Your amazing! How yummy!

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...
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Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

Olá Rita!!!

Que bom que estás de volta!!
Espero que o teu Natal tenha sido óptimo e que o 2009 te traga todos os teus desejos!:)

Adorei esse "pózinho mágico" caseiro... deve dar um chocolate quente maravilhoso!
Com o frio que tem estado até a mim me apetece uma bebida quentinha (é que por norma só bebo tudo muito gelado e com muito gelo!)!

Espero que faças uma boa viagem e que te divirtas imenso por Paris!!

Beijinhos!

(desculpa ter removido o comentário, mas tinha-me esquecido de 2 palavras pelo meio, que tiravam todo o sentido ao texto e preferi corrigir!)

Madeleine said...

Que padre que te vas para tu cumpleaños a París!!! que envidia! toma muchas fotos, come rico y luego nos cuentas de tu viaje!! :)

Yo no sabía que se podía preparar el chocolate con esos bastones... ha de quedar muy rico (y dulce!!)

Feliz cumpleaños! :)

Bob said...

Looks great, I love a good cup of hot chocolate. :)

Maria said...

I am glad you found a good use for the broken ones! Drink up!

Creative One said...

Oh, I want to try that!!!

Ingrid said...

I'm pretty sure my children would love this except for it isn't cold here (FL) at all. Thanks for sharing the recipe and yes I do have many lingering candy canes.

Happy Birthday. Hope its a wonderful one!
~ingrid

Tanya said...

Yum! I love peppermint hot cocoa, especially when it's made with real chocolate! Have a great time in Paris!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Clever idea. I so rarely ever get to drink real hot chocolate where it's made from melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder.

Dawn said...

Making your own vanilla sugar rocks! :-)
Looks delish to me!

The Blonde Duck said...

It's 80 degrees down here! I'll still take a cup!

Katrina said...

Awesome hot cocoa! Have a GREAT time in Paris! Lucky duck! Happy Birthday celebrating!

gine said...

yummy ...look superdelicious :-) i LOVE candy canes :-)! XOXO

noble pig said...

All my canes are broken too. I like to crush them and put them on cupcakes. But the kids stir them into cocoa! The photos are beautiful!

pigpigscorner said...

Great way to use candy canes! I'm craving for a mug right now!!

Rachel said...

It isn't freezing here where I live yet this appeals to me :)

Sara said...

What a great idea! I've never had hot cocoa mix before, will have to give it a try.

Maris said...

Great idea! We're supposed to get a ton of snow this weekend so peppermint hot chocolate sounds like a perfect treat to be snowed in with :)

Heather said...

i love this! the peppermint powder is just a fantastic idea! it looks delicious!

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday Rita!!!!!!
I love your Hot chocolate!
Great idea!
Have fun in Paris!

Jo said...

Mmm, that looks like an extremely welcoming mug of chocolatey goodness [: I was wondering what I should do with leftover candy canes, and this is a perfect recipe to make with them. I don't have coffee powder or dark chocolate, so I think I will just brew strong coffee, add milk, cocoa powder, and dissolve some candy canes in it instead of dirtying my blender. It's a lazier way, but it does work!

Ragne said...

It looks so yummy, tomorrow I will make this cocoa. But I have a question... Did You used unsweetened cocoa powder?

Yasmeen said...

Tantalizing flavor of pepper mint in hot chocolate,I so need it ,its been snowing like crazy here. Have a wonderful birthday :)

Meg said...

Peppermint and mocha all in a hot chocolate...brilliant!

Megan said...

This is amazing! Every time I go to Starbucks I order their peppermint mocha and now with this recipe I can make my own at home! Thanks so much for posting!

Tanya said...

This looks wonderful this morning in our -5 weather. Your blog is great!

Sophie said...

Very yummy way to rescue those candies! :) I'm making this for the hubby, he's addicted to all kinds of hot cocoa! :)

Jenny said...

Now that looks like a fabulous cup of hot chocolate. Love the crushed candy canes!

morgana said...

Te vas a los parises de la Francia !!! Ojalá mejore el tiempo porque si en Madrid tenemos 5 bajo cero hoy, no quiero ni pensar lo que hará en París.

En cualquier caso, disfruta a tope del viaje (y no te olvides de contarnos luego, claro).

Un beso muy fuerte y
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS.

Lore said...

Salut! Comment ça va Rita? Can't wait to hear all about Paris!
Love the idea of using up candy canes as a powder. YUM!

Alejandra said...

I'm such a nut for peppermint and chocolate! When I saw this I instantly started craving some. Will have to whip up a mug once I get home!!

Vera said...

Rita, have a wonderful trip and the most happiest birthday!

And what a great idea of utilizing these broken canes!

Dragon said...

Chocolate and mint are two of my favourite flavours in the world. This drink looks amazing.

Dragon said...

By the way, have a great time!

Emily said...

My favorite! Looks like some splendid hot chocolate.

FFichiban said...

This is genius! I should turn this into a cold drink since it is 30+ here :S Thx heapsss ^^!

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Jo said...

This looks like something I could do with before bed time. Delish!

VeggieGirl said...

**Just as a heads up: I will not be able to comment on blogs as often now, during this semester, due to work overload (I'm stressed already) - PLEASE know that I'm still loyally reading, but just won't have time to comment. I hope you understand!!

Kevin said...

Peppermint hot chocolate does sound really good!

bar said...

Oh my oh my oh my that looks so good! Your whole blog looks oh my oh my oh my! Will be checking your blog more!

xxx Bar.

Jeanine said...

YUM!!! That mug of hot chocolate is exactly what I need right now! We've got -35*C temps here lately, and this would really hit the spot!
Happy Birthday!!

Zen Chef said...

Where are you!?? Did a handsome Parisian took you hostage? I'm gonna sit right here, sipping on peppermint hot chocolate, waiting for your return. :-)

Cakebrain said...

Most of my kids' candy canes were broken this year too. What a fantastic idea for broken candies! As it is, I love hot chocolate...and especially if it's served in a big bowl! I love the pics!

Suzana said...

Sempre em processo de criação! Ai mulher, este frio dá-me cabo da molécula - faço uma pequena ideia em Paris... bbbrrrrrrr! Só espero que a coisa amaine até daqui a 3 semanas quando eu for! Depois tens de contar tudo sobre a viagem. Pode ser acompanhado por uma chávena fumegante destas! ;)

Bj grande

Suzana said...

...e outro beijo maior pelo aniversário!

mavele said...

Hola Rita,

Se ve muy rico ese chocolate ya lo probaré aqui en casa aprovechando que me sobraron caramelos de menta.

Por cierto feliz cumpleaños y que pases una semana muy provechosa en Paris. No te olvides de mostrarnos tus fotos y por favor toma una cuantas de los maravillosos "macarons" (me encantan!)

Jude said...

Great idea powdering the candies like this. I could definitely use a large hot mug in this cold morning.

alexandra's kitchen said...

i'm totally obsessed with mochas right now and am spending way too much money on them out. I'm dying to get an espresso maker at home, but until then, this looks like it might become my new habit. sounds wonderful!

Ann said...

Oh you said the PARIS word - and YES I'm jealous! Dang you.

Anonymous said...

I have a question? In this recipe, why there is baking soda necessary?

Mão na Massa said...

Olá!

Bem que delicia de chocolate, quentinho e parece ser bem cremoso!
Uma escolha perfeita para uma tarde passada em casa na companhia de um bom livro em frente à lareira, a ouvir a chuva cair...
Bjs

chefectomy said...

My little one is going to LOVE this!!

Rita, if you read this before/during your trip to Paris go to Angelina on Rue Rivoli and get the Chocolate Africaine. Possibly the world's greatest hot chocolate - next to yours :)

--Marc

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Anonymous- The baking soda is not necessary, it just to give a little bit of foam on top, just like what you get from store bought mixes. It doesn't add nothing in terms of flavour so you don't need to use it. Thanks for the question.

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