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Holiday Peppermint Hot Cocoa


4 servings

Warm up on a cold winter’s night with this silky, sweet drink. The underlying key to this recipe is the combination of bold dark chocolate, fruity vanilla bean, and cool, clean peppermint.


  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups water
  • Foamed nonfat milk, for garnish
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • Coarsely crushed peppermint candies, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/3 cup light agave nectar
  • Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 whole vanilla bean split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved along with the pod


  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the milk, water, chocolate chips, agave nectar, and vanilla bean pod and seeds.
  2. Cook, whisking frequently, until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the peppermint extract.
  4. Remove the vanilla pod and divide the cocoa evenly among 4 mugs or coffee cups.
  5. Garnish with foamed milk, crushed peppermint candies, and chocolate shavings (as desired).
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