Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate

People always ask me if I miss the snow since I have lived here in California. It only takes me a second to respond; I don’t even have to think about it. My answer is always no. I do not miss the snow. I do not miss the cold. I do not miss the 20 minutes of scraping ice off a windshield in bone chilling cold. The picturesque scenes of winter white when everything is covered in snow? okay, maybe I miss that. I used to love waking up and looking out side to see several inches of new fallen snow blanket every tree on the street. I do have very fond memories of growing up in Michigan as a child. We used to strap our skates on and ice skate down our road when the roads would get icy. The beautiful scenes of Winter is my inspiration for a winter white palate of sweetness this week. The snow? you can have it…

Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate

{Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s White Hot Chocolate}

(yields 8 cups)

  • 12 oz. Ghiradelli white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Peppermint sticks, for garnish
  • Peppermint schnapps; one splash per glass (optional)
  • Whipped cream, for garnish


Place white chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl; set aside. Place milk and cream in a medium saucepan set over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around edges of pan, about 4 minutes. Immediately pour mixture over white chocolate. When chocolate begins to melt, stir to combine. Whisk in vanilla. Continue whisking until a light foam forms.

Serve hot garnished with whipped cream and a candy cane. My son likes to drop his candy cane down in the hot chocolate; it imparts a wonderful peppermint flavor; a good alternative for a non alcoholic version.

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