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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa’s Chocolate-Peppermint Cup


Whether Santa slides down the chimney or the banister, he’s going to love this minty hot chocolate! I don’t condone drinking and driving, so Santa’s going to have to put his feet up and rest after he’s sipped this. I created it just for him - and for you, Dollinks! 
Santa’s Chocolate-Peppermint Cup:
For each 8-oz. mug, have ready:
2 heaping tbsp. Nicole Parton’s Hot Chocolate Mix (recipe to follow)
Boiling water
1-to-2 tbsp. evaporated milk or heavy cream 
1-¼ oz. Irish Cream liqueur (see Note)
⅛ tsp. peppermint extract
Whipping cream bomb
Red and green candy sprinkles, as garnish (see Further Note)
⅛ tsp. chocolate shot, as garnish
1 unwrapped candy cane, as a stir-stick
The No. 1 reason why Santa
is such a chubby old elf!
Add 2 heaping tbsp. of my Hot Chocolate Mix to a heat-proof mug with enough evaporated milk or heavy cream to make a smooth paste. Pour in boiling water to fill mug ⅔ full, mixing well. Stir in Irish Cream and peppermint extract. Spritz with whipping cream bomb - lots of whipping cream! Top with sprinkles and a little chocolate shot. Pop in a candy cane for use as a stir-stick. 
Note: No Irish Cream liqueur in the house? I’ve got the recipe in one of today’s posts! It’s delicious!
Further Note: These holiday-season sprinkles are sold in your supermarket’s baking aisle. If you don't have any of these sprinkles, place broken bits of candy cane inside two plastic bags, tapping the canes lightly inside a plastic bag to break them further and using that as a garnish. 

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