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Idle Hands
« on: November 23, 2009 02:55:25 PM »

I've got a recipe for regular hot cocoa that I would like to make peppermint flavored.  It's going be a Christmas gift stored in an airtight container.  I'm not sure how to add the flavoring.  Should I use an extract, dried leaves, or peppermint flavored chocolate bits?

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009 04:48:40 PM »

I would think the peppermint flavored chocolate chips. I only say that because the peppermint cocoa at Williams Sonoma seems to be shaved peppermint chocolate. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009 06:22:52 PM »

You might just want to include some peppermint sticks for use with the cocoa.  I used to put one stick (or some bits) in my hot cocoa and tasted great... plus looked festive and cool  Cool.

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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2009 01:06:24 AM »

I would go with the peppermint bits.  I've dopped a white chocolate/peppermint Hershey Kiss ito a mug od cocoa and its awesome.  The white chocolate really adds something to the texture of the cocoa.  I would def favor the baking bits over the kisses though because the kisses have these tiny, hard nonpareils (sp? sprinkles) in them that don't dissolve very quickly, even in the hot liquid.  I've used the baking bits for cookies and I think they would work better, I just didn't think of it until this thread!  There are also some mini Andes bits that you could do for a regular mint flavor.  MmmMMMMmmMMMMMmmmmm....
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009 09:29:47 PM »

I found Andes candy baking bits.  I think I'll try a cup of it first to see how it turns out.  Thanks for all the good suggestions.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009 07:50:25 PM »

To make peppermint ice cream, we would crush up peppermint sticks with a mallet and added it in. You could also use a blender to do the same thing. Just be cautious of sharp edges! Pulverize it to dust.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2009 12:59:07 PM »

This probably won't work for a gift, but I make peppermint hot chocolate by dropping half of a peppermint patty into the mug.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2009 05:58:34 AM »

I put crumbled candy canes/peppermint candies in mine. They'll hold up well in a stored mix, and boiling water melts them fine, plus they look pretty.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2010 10:30:35 PM »

The Andes candies worked perfect.  The cocoa mix coated them so they weren't noticeable and my sister got a minty surprise in her cup. :-)
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