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Happy New Year !!! Welcome to 2015.

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Do you have any new year's resolution ? I have not made any resolutions in the last 4 years, but I think I am making a few this year - some with regards to this blog, then drawing closer to God (not just going to Church, but really making a concious effort to meditate on the word and serve). Other resolutions are fitness related - not losing weight, but getting healthy ( no more hyperventilating when I go up a flight of stairs). 

So I was debating how the new year will start off on the blog - what recipe do I want to share (and whether I was even going to post on the first day of the new year). While debating all that, I decided to make some hot chocolate. It was just gonna be a pack of starbucks instant and some hot water, but then I thought, let's heat up some milk and make it a bit special - it is the first day of the year after all. Then I found myself reaching for the cocoa powder and before you know it, I had the whipped cream can and marshmallow out - the rest is ... well ... the rest is this awesome, easy hot chocolate recipe that you should make as soon as you done reading this post. 

Guys, this is a good one. Honestly, if you have never made anything on this blog - you should make this. It is so so good. 

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Recipe notes: I used sweetened cocoa powder (and added 2 tablespoons of sugar) because I was having my one of maybe 4 days of sweet tooth for the year, so this is really sweet. If I make this again, I will plan to switch to unsweetened cocoa or if I stick with the sweetened stuff, reduce the sugar. Also, the garnish options are limitness, don't just stick to what I have here, go crazy - add in some wafers, lady fingers - whatever you fancy.

Cheers to 2015. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespon sugar, optional

For Garnish

  • Whipped cream
  • Marshmallow
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut Shavings
  • Peppermint Shavings

How to

In a medium sauce pan (over medium-high heat), heat up half and half and heavy cream. Once it starts to bubble up, stir in the peppermint extract and vanilla extract , turn heat down to low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Then stir in cocoa powder, keep stiring until the cocoa if fully dissolved. Stir in sugar. Let it simmer on low heat for about 2 to 3 minute.

Pour in a cup and garnish with marshmallow, whipped cream, chocoate chips, coconut shavings and peppermint shavings.

Serves 2