Goodbye Halloween, helllllloo Holiday Season!
Can you tell I am really excited about this time of year? Like many of the stores, I am already getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas! As we move quickly towards the most exciting holidays of the year (at least in my opinion :D), some of us may also be feeling a little stressed. Along with the holidays comes entertaining, and with entertaining comes a lot of work preparing food, drinks, and entertainment. This week’s Sunday Supper topic is “Easy Holiday Entertaining” to give you some stress-free holiday recipe ideas. This peppermint hot chocolate recipe is one of my go-to holiday entertaining recipes, because it is super quick and easy to make, and completely fool proof!
Since we are already fighting off those extra pounds left and right during the holiday season, my peppermint hot chocolate recipe is a “skinny version” since it doesn’t require the use of heavy cream. For best results, use whole or 2% milk. I find that anything lower makes it taste a little watery.
A fun way to decorate your peppermint hot chocolate just before serving on a tray to your guests is topping them with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed candy canes. I also stick a mini candy cane in the side of the glass to melt into the chocolate and for guests to enjoy while sipping their peppermint hot chocolate. It gives the hot chocolate even more peppermint flavor.
I would love to hear your go-to stress-free holiday entertaining recipes! Tell me in the comments below. 🙂
Check out more easy holiday entertaining ideas below!
- Caramel Coffee by Party Food & Entertaining
- Christmas Cranberry Mojitos by Our Good Life
- European-Style Hot Chocolate by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate by My San Francisco Kitchen
- Pomegranate Sangria by The Redhead Baker
- Spiced Hot Milk Brandy by Nosh My Way
- Christmas Cranberry Dip by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Festive Shrimp Bites by The Freshman Cook
- Hot Crab Dip by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Krayl’s Easy Holiday Cheese Board by An Appealing Plan
- Mini Cheese Balls by Books n’ Cooks
- Pear Pancetta Goat Cheese Appetizer Bites by Food Done Light
- Beer Pull Apart Bread by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Ranch Buffalo Chicken Dip by Table for Seven
- Shrimp Puffs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Smoked Salmon Dip by Palatable Pastime
- Smoked Salmon Shooters by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Spiced Nuts by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip by The Complete Savorist
- Ultimate Taco Dip by Momma’s Meals
Main and Side Dishes
- Fruited Wild Rice by Magnolia Days
- Harvest Roast Chicken with Grapes, Olives, and Potatoes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Holiday Seafood Fest (La Grande Zuppa del Costiera Amalfitana) by Monica’s Table
- Make ahead Parmesan Mashed Potatoes by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pasta With Duck Sugo by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Desserts and Baked Goods
- Apple Brown Betty by Curious Cuisiniere
- Apple Panna Cotta by Caroline’s Cooking
- Banana Coconut Lime Bundt Cake by Desserts Required
- Chocolate Sheet Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Gluten Free Key Lime Tartlets by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Grown Up Peppermint Bark with Sambuca by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Microwave Carob Fudge by Pies and Plots
- Orange and Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones by The Texan New Yorker
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread by Ruffles & Truffles
Plus a No Stress Party Checklist and Recipes for Easy Entertaining by Sunday Supper
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- 2 tbsp water
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 4 cups 2% milk
- ½ tsp peppermint extract
- 4 mini candy canes (plus crushed for topping)
- Whipped cream and chocolate syrup for topping
- Heat a medium pot over low heat and add water, cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the milk and heat until you see the first bubble form, whisking at least every 20 seconds.
- Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract.
- Pour into 4 glasses and top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and candy canes.