Friday, January 8, 2010

Frugal Friday: peppermint hot chocolate recipe

My sister and I adore the peppermint hot chocolate served at Starbucks. At around $3 per cup, though, I've been experimenting with ways to make a yummy, quick equivalent at home.

My favorite hot chocolate mix is a dark chocolate organic fair trade can of mix found at Trader Joe's. I haven't spotted it there this year yet, so I've been working with Swiss Miss packets since I'm too lazy to make some from scratch.
Here is a recipe that will score you a cup of delicious peppermint hot chocolate for less than 50 cents per serving. Enjoy!
Mel's Peppermint Hot Chocolate
1 packet of hot chocolate, any variety
10 ounces boiling water
4 ounces of milk, any variety (I've tried vanilla soy and skim; any milk adds some necessary creaminess!)
3 drops of peppermint extract
crushed peppermint candies or candy cane, sprinkling of marshmallows or spoonful of Cool Whip, optional
You'll want to use a large mug for this one - it's a generous serving or enough for one mom and one toddler's small sippy cup. Add ingredients and stir.
* NOTE: A little peppermint extract goes a long way, so be sure to use a medicine dropper or pour the extract on a spoon before mixing it in. Too much extract ruins the drink.
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1 comment:

Rachel Baltus said...

This is sooooo good. Thank you for posting!