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


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,


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