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Peppermint-Spiked Hot Chocolate

Peppermint schnapps sneaks into this grown-up version of the childhood favorite. For those who prefer a nonalcoholic version, substitute 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract for the schnapps. Just grab a mug, kick back and relax.

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Ingredients

1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream, divided

2 tablespoons sugar

2 cups whole milk

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

5 tablespoons peppermint Schnapps

1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely crushed peppermint candies (optional)

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, beat half cup cream until soft peaks form. Cover and chill in fridge. In a saucepan, whisk remaining half cup of cream, sugar and milk together and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

2. Stir in chocolate until melted and smooth. Whisk in peppermint schnapps. Divide between mugs, and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with peppermint candies.

Serves 4

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