Friday, December 13, 2013

White Hot Chocolate

Want something a little different to drink on this cold Friday?  Try white hot chocolate.  It is every bit as good as the chocolate.  

4 cups of milk of your choice (Make it as rich as you like)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. white chocolate chips
Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping

Stir the milk, vanilla and white chocolate together in a medium saucepan.  I used 2%, but if you like you can do a mix of 50% milk and 50% half and half to make it even richer. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly; until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer (Do not let it come to a boil or it will curdle). Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.  Today I’m doing whipped cream, but my grandsons will go for the marshmallows. You can also decorate it with some shaved chocolate, drizzled chocolate syrup, red or green sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles or crushed peppermint to name a few to make it more festive.  You can add some additional white chocolate chips.  Serve with a candy cane to stir it.  The peppermint goes great with the drink.

Set up a small bar of topping ingredients and let the kids make their own.  I think theirs will look very different that yours. Serve one of your homemade Christmas cookies with it and turn it into a warm Christmas memory on a very cold winter’s day. 

Adult Variation -  You can add a little somethin somethin to it on a cold winter's eve.  Try a little rum or Peppermint Schnapps.

Stay warm, be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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