Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 cups (1 qt./1 liter) milk
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe
  • Peppermint candy stick
  • Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls

Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

Remove from heat; add peppermint flavoring of your choice. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired, and a peppermint stick for stirring.

  • Yields: 5 servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
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