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Mint Hot Chocolate

in Diana's Recipe Book

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Servings: 4
Whole milk makes a wonderfully rich drink, but low-fat milk produces a satisfying concoction as well. For a grown-up variation, add 1 to 2 tbsp. crème de menthe or crème de cacao to each mug. This elixir guarantees sweet dreams.

1/4 cup chilled heavy cream
4 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. Dutch process cocoa powder
4 cups milk
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped, plus 1/2 oz., shaved
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

In a bowl, beat the cream and 1 tbsp. of the sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a small, heavy saucepan, combine the remaining 3 tbsp. sugar and the cocoa. Gradually whisk in the milk. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking frequently. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Stir in the peppermint extract.

Divide the hot chocolate among warmed mugs. Top each with a dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle with the shaved chocolate and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Date: October 9, 2004

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