Rich hot chocolate and cool, creamy peppermint ice cream combine forces for a dreamy hot chocolate float!
Are you a seasonal ice cream eater or do you eat ice cream any time of year?
I, for one, fall firmly into the I-could-eat-ice-cream-every-single-day-of-the-year camp.
The other day it was probably about 20 degrees outside and you know what I wanted? A Wendy’s frosty.
I am nothing if not classy, folks.
Luckily, this recipe should satisfy both camps. Warm, cozy hot chocolate paired with a scoop of peppermint ice cream is the best of all the worlds.
I absolutely love the play of hot and frozen in this recipe. The peppermint ice cream begins to melt as soon as it hits the hot chocolate and creates a fluffy, foamy, creamy blanket. One sip of this drink will cool you down and warm you up in the best of ways.
Today for Sunday Supper, we’re celebrating Christmas with recipes inspired by holiday songs and movies. It took me forever to finally decide on a recipe, but I finally went with the song, “Holly Jolly Christmas.” You know the one. Go ahead and sing it with me:
Have a hoooolly joooolly Christmas.
It’s the best time of the year.
I don’t knooow, if there’ll be snoooow, but have a cup of cheer.
I don’t think Ohio’s getting any snow for Christmas, but I can guarantee you I’m going to have a big giant cup of hot chocolate cheer.
Seriously guys, can you think of anything more full of cheer than hot chocolate…with a splash of rum..AND a scoop of peppermint ice cream?? This is practically the definition of Christmas cheer.
A couple of notes on this recipe: This is real hot chocolate, meaning it’s made with chunks of dark chocolate not with cocoa powder. It’s an adaptation of Nigella Lawson’s recipe which I saw on her Christmas special and immediately HAD to have. Guys, it is so good. Rich and chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla and a healthy pour of rum. This is what hot chocolate is meant to taste like.
The second note? Leave room in your mug for the ice cream. I thought it’d be super cool to fill my cup up to the brim then set the ice cream on top and have it melt in lovely little streams down the side of the glass.
Guess what? It’s not cool. What ends up happening is the ice cream plops completely ungracefully into the glass spraying flaming hot chocolate everywhere. Napkins, plates, hands–nothing is safe from the scalding hot liquid. So do yourself a favor and just leave some room in the glass.
Other than the ice cream tsunami, this might be the easiest recipe you make all season. Just think: Right now you are only 15 minutes away from the ultimate cup of cheer. It’s time to go get your holly jolly on.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 1/2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons rum
- 2 scoops peppermint ice cream
Recipe inspired by Nigella Lawson