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On the fifth day of chocolate….

Happy National Cocoa Day!  December 13th is, for whatever reason, the day we celebrate all things cocoa.  Drinking chocolate is as old as modern civilization—the earliest cultivators of cocoa, the Aztecs, used to grind cocoa bean and mix them with water, herbs, peppers and nuts to create a hot drink that served not only their ceremonial drink for human sacrifices, but also the daily drink of the highest members of their society.
Today, hot chocolate is a favorite of children and adults alike.  Especially during these chilly days of winter.  And what is better during this holiday season than a pepperminty hot chocolate?  You can serve this anytime from now until the snow begins to thaw next spring.  But it’s perfect for this holiday season.  Enjoy…the fifth chocolate treat of this holiday season.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 ½ cups heavy cream

1 ½ cups milk

¼ cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 drops peppermint oil

Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish

Chocolate shavings, for garnish


In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, and salt and heat over medium-low heat. When the cream mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate, and stir, until melted. Stir in the peppermint oil. Divide the hot chocolate among mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.  Makes 4 servings.

photo courtesy of Ezra Pound Cake

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