Self-gifting never tasted so good: Hot cocoa, peppermint, yum

   December 14, 2012 4:11 pm

 

It's hard to beat hot cocoa -- made with coffee -- dressed with peppermint Schnapps.

For years, I’ve filled Christmas baskets with yummies for family people. One year, I made hot cocoa mix and gave it away. I wound up with a jar left over and put it in the cupboard. For years.
Just never thought about it, really. It seemed like something for a special occasion, but for whatever reason, the occasion failed to present itself.
Last year about this time, my brother and I found ourselves together, shockingly, at a liquor store. I saw a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps. He was feeling expansive and bought it for me “for Christmas.”
Finally, about two weeks ago, the special occasion arose: I unpacked a set of four glass footed mugs with holly etching and gold rims.
Then I felt thirsty.
Then I reached for the cocoa, and the Schnapps fell out of the cupboard and hit me in the head. No, not really, but that would have been funny.
We wound up with two mugs of what has become an instant Hutchison tradition: In the mug, scoop in 1/3 cup cocoa mix, measure 1 ounce of Schnapps, fill with coffee, and squirt with fat-free Redi Whip. Then squirt some Redi Whip into your mouth (Hey, it’s fat free!) put the cap on and return it to the refrigerator.
I’m going to try it again tonight, as a matter of fact, just to confirm my initial findings, which are that it was awesome.
But I might kick it up a notch with this:

WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA MIX
2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup marshmallows (I might leave those out. The powders dry them out and they get too chewy.)
16 peppermint sticks

Combine all the ingredients except the peppermint sticks in a large, tightly lidded glass jar.
— “Sweet Christmas,” by Sharon Bowers

Use however you want: I mean, if you aren’t sure who on your list would fully appreciate its potential, you might as well just keep it.

 

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