Keyword hot chocolate, hot cocoa, peppermint, white chocolate
PEPPERMINT WHIPPED CREAM:
⅔cupchilled whipping cream or heavy whipping cream
8red and white striped peppermint candies or candy canes,crushed
HOT CHOCOLATE AND GARNISH:
3½cupsmilk(okay to use low fat)
8ouncesgood quality white chocolate,chopped
additional crushed peppermint candies(and/or whole mini candy canes, for garnish)
MAKE THE PEPPERMINT WHIPPED CREAM:
In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream and crushed peppermint until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate the whipped cream until ready to use.
MAKE THE HOT CHOCOLATE:
In a heavy, large saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the white chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Mix in the peppermint extract. Ladle into 4 mugs. Top with a layer of the peppermint whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional crushed candies, garnish with a candy cane (if desired) and serve.