The winter has finally settled onto the West Coast and we are getting "cold" weather.  Where I live that means nights down in the high to mid 20's (-6.6 C) and daytime highs in the 50-60 F (10-15.5 C) range. While not East Coast America cold, for us it is cold.  Which means we get to break out the mittens and scarves and warm sweaters.  Yes, they smell all musty for having sat unused for years but Yea! we get to wear them.  It also means hot drinks and cozy fires.
I know that I've posted about hot chocolate already, but you can't have too many hot chocolate recipes now an you.  If you don't have any whip cream, you can always use the whip cream flavored vodka.  It is actually quite tasty in hot chocolate.  The other thing, don't  turn up your nose on this one because it has peanut butter in it.  I only add a teaspoon but if you really like the taste of peanut butter, go ahead and add more to your liking.  It really is up to you on how much of these ingredients to add.  You really cannot go wrong when making any hot chocolate. 
Recipe:

12 oz Milk (Any type)
1 - 2 TBSP Chocolate (I use milk chocolate chips or Baker's German chocolate)
1 tsp Creamy Peanut butter
1 tsp crushed ButterFinger Bar (you can get this now in the baking isle where the chocolate chips are)
1/2 tsp vanila extract

Whip cream

Optional Extras:  1 oz espresso coffee or 1 oz Baileys Irish Cream (or both!)

Instructions:

Heat milk, chocolate and peanut butter in microwave safe cup for 2 minutes
Take out carefully and whisk
Place back in microwave for 1 minute

Remove carefully and add vanilla extract and espresso (if using)

Top with whip cream or first add Baileys (if using) top with Butterfinger pieces 
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
Tammie
 
 
Tis the season for cozy fires, soft blankets and hot drinks.  I love hot chocolate and make it many different ways.  However this time of year is one of my favorites because you can get Peppermint Bark chocolate. Yes, I know I could make this with regular chocolate and then crush up the peppermints and add them but it's just not the same. I also like variety in my hot chocolate and yes that does include adding alcohol if I am so inclined.  When I was a kid it was usually made with the powered chocolate, you know the stuff, it also makes cold chocolate milk.  Then when they came out with the instant packages, that was all the rage.  The thing is, it just doesn't make good hot chocolate.  You need chocolate to make hot chocolate.  It really doesn't take that much more time to melt chocolate in your mug with the milk then it does to heat up the water for those packets.
Make it this way and you will never buy those packets again, plus my way is cheaper.
Serves 1

Recipe:

1 1/2 cup Milk (Cow, Almond, Coconut ect.)
1/4 cup Milk Chocolate chips* (real)
2 squares Peppermint Bark Chocolate, chopped
1-2 drops Vanilla
1/4 cup Mini Marshmallows 


Heat milk and chocolate for 90 seconds in a microwavable cup
Stir or whisk
Heat 1 minute, stir or whisk
Heat 30 seconds, stir or whisk
Add vanilla
Add Marshmallows
Drink and enjoy


Recipe 2:

1 1/2 cups Milk
2 squares German Chocolate sweetened, chopped
2 squares Peppermint Bark chocolate, chopped
Pinch Nutmeg
Pinch Cinnamon
Pinch Cardamon
1-2 Drops Vanilla
1/4 cup Marshmallows 

Heat same as above.

Options:  After heating you can add Peppermint schnapps or Baileys to taste

*If using Bitter or Unsweetened chocolate, you can sweeten it with sugar, honey, Artificial sweeteners etc.  This would bring down the calories also.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
Tammie