You HAVE to try this! It’s delicious, and it’s mild and smooth and warm and comforting, and sooooo Christmassy!. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like bitter hot chocolate (Starbucks!), and I don’t like hot chocolate that is so strong I can hardly finish it (Starbucks!), or so rich I feel sick after drinking it (Paris!). This hot chocolate is perfect. Mild. Creamy. Totally Yummy. Totally Christmassy. Serve it with a candy cane stirrer or crushed candy canes sprinkled on top of the whipped cream. I served it at my Christmas party and it was a big hit.
Make it to watch your favorite Christmas movie with, or to read your favorite Christmas book with, or to just sit under the Christmas tree and watch the lights. Make it for after a long walk in the snow (or, in California, in the rain), or for the Christmas Carolers (there’s so few of them now). Or to celebrate having finished all your Christmas shopping. Or make it for Santa and leave it out with the cookies–with testers for the whole family, of course. Make it for Christmas morning, to open the presents with, or make it for Christmas night to end the day with. Just make it. You’ll love it.
There is a problem though, finding Chocolate Malted Milk Powder. I had to order it from Amazon. The first time I made it, I made it with Vanilla Malted Milk Powder though, which is easily found in any grocery store, then I added cocoa powder and sugar to taste. It was great! (I used 1/2 cup Vanilla Malted Powder…, and just kept adding equal amounts of cocoa powder and sugar until it tasted right.)
The original recipe starts with a gallon of milk, and leftovers do keep well in refrigerator and warm up well in the microwave, but if you want to make half a recipe, I have written the recipe with easy to half measurements. If you are making for a party, mix everything on top of stove, then pour into a crockpot to keep warm.
Trust me! This is delicious. Let me know how you like it.
Minty Malty Hot Chocolate
- 1 gallon whole milk
- 1 11 oz pkg (about 20-22) chocolate-covered cream filled mint patties (Mini York Peppermint Patties)
- 1 ½ cups chocolate malted milk powder* (order from Amazon)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Whipped cream, marshmallows, mini candy canes or crushed peppermints topping (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a pan on top of the stove, stir until mint patties melt. Stir occasionally, and watch like a hawk. Once milk gets hot enough to boil over, there’s no stopping it. Just gently heat the milk and melt the mint patties. (Can be made a few days in advance.) Beat to combine well. Serve from pan, or place in crock pot to keep warm up. (Can keep in crockpot for at least 2 hours.) Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, mini candy canes or some crushed up peppermints…, or serve “as is”.
*Or sub ½ cup vanilla malted milk powder and enough cocoa powder and chocolate to taste. I did this once, delicious, but don’t remember the quantities…, just a bit of this and a bit of that. Then a bit more of this, a bit more… Until it tastes delicious!
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