On a chilly winter's day there's nothing better to warm the bones than hot cocoa. For our trip to Bottom's Tree Farm (stay tuned for those photos!) I used Ticket Chocolate's Peppermint and Vanilla Mint Hot Cocoa Sticks because they're gorgeous and easy to transport, but at home where I have an actual stove I make homemade hot cocoa and whipped cream. And you know it wouldn't be like me to not make a spiked version for the adults. Merry, merry Loves. Truly, Waiting on Martha
Homemade Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream
|1 teaspoon cornstarch||2 cups half-and-half|
|6 ounces bittersweet (60% cacao) chocolate, chopped||2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder|
|1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (you can sub out the vanilla for 1 pinch of cayenne pepper and 1 pinch of cinnamon for a spiced chocolate cocoa)||1-2 pinches of salt|
|Peppermint Schnapps for the spiked Adult only version||For the Whipped Cream:|
|2 cups heavy cream||2 ounces sugar|
|Few dashes vanilla extract (you could also add a few drops of peppermint for peppermint whip)|
For the Hot Cocoa:
Mix together the cornstarch and salt, and whisk in the half-and-half until cornstarch is dissolved.
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, reduce the heat and slowly simmer it, whisking frequently, 2 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate and whisk the mixture until chocolate is melted. Stir in the cocoa, vanilla, and peppermint schnapps for adults. Reheat over low heat if mixture cools.
Garnish with marshmallow or our homemade whip cream
For the Whipped Cream:
Whip all ingredients together until you have soft peaks.