If you’re like me, you still have a few mini candy canes hanging around from Christmas. Well, who says candy canes are just for Christmas? After all, one candy cane is shaped like half of a heart. Why not put two hearts together and call it hot cocoa for lovers? Très apropos for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I’d say. So, keep those candy canes stashed for another few weeks and consider this hot cocoa idea your Plan B if you don’t nab a reservation or a babysitter come February 14th. Extra points if you drink your mugs beside the fire.
What you’ll need:
Good quality hot chocolate mix
mini candy canes
freshly whipped cream
Note: I highly recommend owning a Mr. Coffee Cocoamotion if you enjoy hot chocolate. The Cocoamotion creates perfectly frothed, hot cocoa in minutes. You don’t have to worry about burning the milk if you have to step away for a moment, or worse, hot chocolate bubbling over the edge of the pan all over the stove.
Alternatively, you could put together a Peppermint Chocolate Affogato by using this recipe and then substituting good quality peppermint ice cream.