So, it’s Sunday and do you know what that means?! Time for a new series! 😀
*groans from reader*
Okay, okay, I know! I have a lot of series and because I’m generally so MIA on here, a lot of them get left by the wayside. HOWEVER, I always get creative when it comes to making drinks and I figured I would take my creative drinks and channel them to the blog! 🙂 And if you are worried about this series (or any other series) being forgotten, do not fret! I have a lot planned for the next couple of months and all of my series will be continued. I promise.
Anyways, on to the actual series name…do you like it? It’s sad to admit but it took me a pretty long time, much longer than it should have, to come up with it! Haha! I wanted to focus on the fact that you are making it yourself, but then you actually get to drink it after! Yay!
Furthermore, the actual drink for today is one of my absolute favourites and perfect for this time of year and to start off this series. If you’ve ever had a hot beverage in the winter, and felt comfy and cozy after, get ready to feel freakin’ fantastic after a couple of sips of this bad boy. The drink in question? Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. Oh my lanta, it’s just sooo good!
Want to see how it’s made!? Click to read more!
Now, as a quick disclaimer, let me just tell you that, for me, I’m already not a big milk or dark chocolate person; I much prefer white chocolate. I don’t mind the occasional hot chocolate as a nice, warm, relaxing drink during the cooler months, but when I discovered the white hot chocolate, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! I don’t really think there is anything better than a creamy, rich, piping hot white chocolate drink in the throws of a windy or snowy day. However, when you add a splash of peppermint, the whole world seems to make sense all of a sudden. I’m not kidding, the first time I had one of these at Starbucks, I didn’t stop talking about it for HOURS after I’d finished it. There’s just something about peppermint mixed in with the white chocolate during the winter that makes this drink so much more enjoyable. We’re talking festive, delectable, and oh so magical. That being said, when I figured out how to make them even BETTER at home, I was on top of the world!
Also, let me just mention that I don’t make this the way you SHOULD make it. I am busy girl (as are we all), and I usually don’t have time to buy and then melt white chocolate pieces, so this is going to be the quick way to make this drink. Is it better with real white chocolate as supposed to white hot chocolate mix? Probably, yes. Is it healthier to use real chocolate instead of processed mix? Probably, yes. However, this is the fastest and easiest way to make it and, considering that when I make the drink, I know I am about to consume chocolate, I don’t really consider it the healthiest of drinks anyway. Think of it as a naughty cheat dessert, you really shouldn’t be having it, but it’s sooo delicious, you can’t help but love every sip. 🙂
That being said, let’s move onto how to make it!
Serves 1-2 (depends on the size of your mug☺)
– 1 1/3 cup of milk
I used 2% but you can use the milk of your choice.
– 3 tablespoons of white hot chocolate mix
You can get this from anywhere, like Bulk Barn or Walmart, but I like the Second Cup version best. Also, I like my hot chocolates rich and alive with flavour, but you can always cut back the chocolate to taste. 🙂
– 1 1/4 ounces of peppermint syrup
I used Torani peppermint syrup, which you can buy as is at Second Cup or Starbucks. It doesn’t cost too much, and it’s great value because it lasts a long time.
– Whipped cream (optional)
I used light whipped cream, gotta watch the waistline! 😉
– 1 or 2 Hershey’s Kisses (optional)
Just to add some flare to your drink! I used the Candy Cane ones that stores often sell during winter, but you can use regular chocolate ones, or anything you like! 🙂
– Mug(s), the more festive, the better
Drinking a hot drink on a cold winter’s day isn’t the same without drinking it from a fun mug! You can pick these up anywhere, including the dollar store, but you can also use a mug you already own that you love!
– 2 measuring cups
Preferably 1 larger and 1 smaller. I used the smaller one to measure the once of peppermint, but you can also do this with measuring spoons or a larger cup if you do not have a small one.
– Measuring spoons
I used mine to measure my mix with, but if you don’t have any, a measuring cup will work as well.
– A stove top
This is a crucial tool, as it is used to heat up the milk. I find that when I cut this step out and use the microwave, the milk burns really easily, so heating it over a stove top works best.
– A saucepan
This is a crucial tool, as it is used to heat up the milk. I find that when I cut this step out and use the microwave, the milk burns really easily, so a saucepan really is best.
– A spoon/whisk
I used this to stir the milk.
– A grater (optional)
I used this to grate my Hershey’s Kiss into fine little pieces to sprinkle on top of the drink (or decoration).
1. Measure the milk and pour into the saucepan.
2. Place the saucepan on medium-high heat.
3. Measure the white hot chocolate mix and add it to the saucepan. Lightly stir.
|Please excuse my raggedy/awful-looking nails :/|
4. Turn down the heat to medium-low, and then measure the peppermint syrup.
5. By now, the milk should be steaming, almost looking like it’s ready to boil over. This is the tricky part, because when it IS about to boil over, it happens really quickly. The trick is not to leave it too long in between stirs, and to watch over it like a hawk. Once you see a moderate amount of bubbles on top and the mixture starts to rise, it’s ready to be poured into the mug.
6. Add the peppermint syrup to the mix. Note: if you put the peppermint in the mug and then add the milk, it will burn and at the end of your drink, you’ll start to notice it turning brown until it finally reaches a brownish-black tar colour. NOT the most appetizing, so I advise putting the peppermint in last! 🙂
7. Grate the Hershey’s Kisses into little pieces. Be CAREFUL, your fingers are more precious than any garnish or decoration! 🙂
|We JUST put our Christmas plates away a couple of days ago, so please forgive the Christmas plate usage when I took these photos…|
9. Grab your mug, a light snack, put on the fire, grab a good book or watch an episode of Downton Abbey! Enjoy! 😀
|It currently looks like this in my backgarden…so you BET I’m going to snuggle up with a mug of this delicious drink and a good magazine (or something of the like)! It won’t take much convincing 😉|
|Amazingly, we didn’t finish off all of the candy canes from the holidays (my family usually goes through them really quickly)…and candy canes make a great pairing with this drink! 🙂|
|Ahhh…fire! A practical necessity on the -20 degree and colder days we’ve been having here lately!|
Well, that’s it! That’s how you make one of my favourite drinks of the season. I honestly think it is one of the best things I’ve ever drunk in my life, ever. It’s just the perfect combo of warm and relaxing, sweet and tasty, cooling and calming. It’s been SO incredibly cold here as of late (thank you, “Polar Vortex”!), that any hot drink is a delight. If you combine the fact that’s it’s hot but it’s also cozy and delectable, you’ve got a winner. I’ve been making these like crazy lately to keep warm and, the best part!? I don’t have to pay the ridiculous prices at Starbucks or somewhere else, and I can control exactly how I want it to taste. I absolutely love this drink and I suspect I will be making it for many seasons to come.
What should I make next for my [D]rink [I]t [Y]ourself series!? I would love it if you commented below and told me what you want to see! Thank you! I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, and I will be back soon with another one!