Mini marshmallows, whipped cream, or peppermintfor garnish
Start by combining your milk, cream, peppermint extract, and sugar in a medium saucepan on the stove. Turn the heat onto medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer but don’t boil.
1 1/2 cups whole milk, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 TBS powdered sugar, 2 tsps peppermint extract
While you’re heating the mixture, melt the chocolate in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until fully melted.
4 oz bittersweet baking chocolate
Once the chocolate is melted, remove the pan with the milk mixture from the heat and add the chocolate to the mixture. Whisk quickly to combine the chocolate with the milk mixture.
Pour into individual glasses and serve topped with marshmallows, whipped cream, or even peppermint pieces.
Mini marshmallows, whipped cream, or peppermint
Watch the milk mixture closely so it doesn’t boil. You can put your pan on low-medium heat if your stove heats up quickly or cooks hot.Melt the chocolate while the milk mixture is heating up so that you have the chocolate ready to add to the milk as soon as the milk is heated.Serve and enjoy this peppermint hot chocolate immediately then get rid of any leftovers rather than trying to refrigerate and reheat.Transfer hot chocolate to a slow cooker set to a low temperature if you want to keep the hot chocolate warm throughout a party or holiday gathering.