Friday, November 21, 2008

Crockpot Peppermint Hot Cocoa

The Ingredients:
serves 10-12 people.

For the basic peppermint hot chocolate:

--3 cups nonfat dried milk
--1 cup powdered sugar

--3/4 cup cocoa powder

--1/4 tsp salt

--1/2 cup chocolate syrup

--1 to 2 tsp peppermint extract (my kids thought 2tsp was too strong.)

--7 cups water

--marshmallows and candy canes for garnish

for a "mocha":

--pour the cooked hot chocolate over a shot of espresso or a half-cup of very strong coffee

for an "adult drink":

--omit the peppermint extract and pour the hot chocolate over a shot of Peppermint Schnapps

The Directions.

I used a 4 quart crockpot.

Combine the dry ingredients into your crockpot and stir with a spoon. Squeeze in a half-cup of chocolate sauce, and add the peppermint extract. Add the water, a cup at a time, and stir well. The chocolatey mixture will be bubbly and look powdery. It's okay---it will cook together.

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until completely hot. Serve with marshmallows and candy canes. If serving to guests, keep the pot on low with the lid off, and provide a ladle. If kept on warm, the hot chocolate will not stay warm enough.

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