Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe #NMVHolidays

Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa RecipeThis holiday season, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas invites you to take a break from hectic seasonal shopping and planning to meet with friends and loved ones and warm up with cozy cocoa to create lasting memories.

This recipe for Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas is the perfect treat for a cozy night this holiday season. The rich cocoa in Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract mixes with cool peppermint for a decadent dessert perfect for a relaxing evening or holiday extravaganza. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe

1 cup unsweetened quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
1½ cups powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract

In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. Stirring occasionally, heat to desired temperature, being careful not to let the mixture boil. Stir in pure vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts.

Before serving, top with a Vanilla Bean Marshmallow. For an extra blast of peppermint, drop a peppermint candy in the bottom of each mug before serving.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love hot chocolate and I love Nielssen-Massey products, so this is the perfect reipe for me to try. It would be a treat for me for this season.

  2. Tamra Phelps says:

    Nothing makes me think of Christmas like the scent of peppermint! This would put me in a Christmas mood for sure.

  3. This would be so perfect for after skiing to warm up and get cozy. Fabulous flavors that I know my grandkids would like and I would too.

  4. I LOVE hot chocolate and that sounds so decadent… and just how I like to treat myself when it’s snowing outside. I have everything but half & half and the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, so they’ll be on my shopping list before the first flakes fall. thanks.

  5. This sounds delicious and perfect for the cold weather ahead! Nielsen-Massey makes the BEST vanilla. I love using their vanilla bean paste when I bake and make ice cream! All those vanilla bean specks……yummmmm!

  6. This looks so great for this holiday season. I love peppermint and can’t wait to make this recipe for my family.

  7. That would be very tasty. However I’d need to know for sure how much chocolate to put in it. There’s just a question mark.
    ? cup unsweetened quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed)