It's snowing outside. I'm staying warm by drinking my dessert - holiday style.
Ingredients: Serves 2
2 c. water or non-fat milk
Hot cocoa mix*
1/4 tsp. peppermint flavoring
2 peppermint candy canes
1/4 c. whipping cream
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
In small pot, heat milk on medium until hot. Stir in cocoa mix. *Use quantity as specified by serving instruction. (I use 365 Organics Hot Cocoa Mix from Whole Foods.) Stir in peppermint flavoring. Reduce heat to low.
Pour cream, sugar and vanilla into medium bowl. Using hand mixer, beat until fluffy and soft peaks are formed.
Break off end of candy canes and roughly chop. Set pieces and remainder of candy canes aside.
Pour prepared hot cocoa into mugs. Top with generous dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with peppermint pieces and serve with peppermint stick.