peppermint hot cocoa

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there’s nothing better than relaxing by the fire, Christmas musing playing, and peppermint hot cocoa

peppermint hot cocoa

I don’t know about you, but I am having a hard time getting going today.

Thanksgiving break has come to an end. We have three weeks ’til Christmas break. In that time we have a birthday for Stella…the BIG 13, mid-terms for Charlie, holiday parties, and packing for Buffalo.  Oh and shopping, I still need to shop for the kids. Luckily they keep texting me pictures and even a flip-gram of what they would like; aren’t they sweet to remind me.

My mind had been spinning with all that needs to get done.

peppermint hot cocoa

But, I am trying NOT to stress. It will all get done, and if it doesn’t I’m sure the world will not come to a crashing halt…

Today as I celebrate cyber Monday, I will crank up the Christmas tunes, drink peppermint hot cocoa, and forget about my to-do list. Well at least until it’s time for the orthodontist.

peppermint hot cocoa

peppermint hot cocoa

Serving Size: serves 6


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract


  • In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. Stirring occasionally, heat to desired temperature, being careful not to let the mixture boil. Stir in pure vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts.

recipe from Nielsen-Massey

peppermint hot cocoa