Peppermint Malted Hot Chocolate

Let me tell you about Kansas weather.

Peppermint Malted Hot Chocolate - better than any drink you can get at Starbucks, and cheaper, too! #recipes #beverages

Last Saturday, it was nearly 80 degrees and I was out running errands in capri pants and flip-flops.

Sunday we had out our winter coats, gloves, and scarves.

A nearly 50 degree temperature change in less than 24 hours.

And along with the cold weather?  A cough and congestion for Doodle–who subsequently informed me that, “Grammie made me hot chocolate and it made my cough go away for awhile.”

So guess what I’ve been making the last few evenings?

I’m a huge hot chocolate fan, and it is sooooo easy to make these fun, special drinks at home–and they are so much cheaper than the $4+ drinks at Starbucks.

And quite honestly, this tastes even better.

Peppermint Malted Hot Chocolate - better than any drink you can get at Starbucks, and cheaper, too! #recipes #beverages

Peppermint Malted Hot Chocolate
 
serves 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%, but half-and-half would be awesome if you're not worried about calories)
  • ⅓ cup powdered malted milk (like Ovaltine or Carnation)
  • 1 tablespoon Andes peppermint chips
  • 1 generous palmful peppermint marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • whipped cream, if desired
Method
  1. Combine milk, Ovaltine and peppermint chips in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until peppermint chips are melted. Add in marshmallows and stir constantly until marshmallows are melted.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream and additional peppermint chips, if desired.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by!

 

21 Comments

    • Ashley

      Mine too, Liz!

      Reply
  1. Joan

    Very pretty pictures and I am looking forward to making the recipe!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Joan. I hope you like the hot cocoa!

      Reply
  2. Ashley - Baker by Nature

    Your blog is lovely!!! And so is this hot chocolate! So happy I found you 😉
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    • Ashley

      Hi Ashley–I’m so glad you found me too, so that I could find your page. Those truffles look amazing!

      Reply
  3. Terry

    This sounds sooo yummy! We had a temperature drop over the weekend as well, not as much as 50 degrees but enough to get me out of capris and into sweats. Definitely time for some good hot chocolate!
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  4. Nancy

    How good would this be on a cold evening? Yummm……………

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    • Ashley

      It’s pretty yummy!

      Reply
  5. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    kansas weather! is sounds scary Ashley! i would get sick with all that weather changing! anyway, i actually went to starnucks the other day. funny story – when they told me my hot chocolate was $4.12 i actually laughed. like, seriously????? i’m making THIS at home!
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    • Ashley

      Isn’t it ridiculous? Sometimes my little boy talks me into getting one for him at Starbuck–and then he takes three or four sips and I’m out $4!

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    • Ashley

      Dorothy, I like the way you think. 😉

      Reply
  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Kansas weather sure sounds strange! Not good for the throats for sure! I like the way your little one things though…hot chocolate would definitely make my throat feel better every night. Especially if it was all jazzed up with malt and peppermint sticks! YUM!!!
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    • Ashley

      You think I would be used to Kansas weather after 30+ years. 🙂 But…I’m not!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Thanks, Nicole!

      Reply
  7. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    You melted the marshmallows. In the cocoa……. I LOVE YOU. This is the best looking hot cocoa I’ve ever seen. No joke! And I’m pretty sure the nasty head cold I have right now will be squelched when I make one or five of these this AM. Thank goodness I stocked up on peppermint mallows!

    Oh, and speaking of weather, CA is being unpredictable, too. We had like, beautiful 60’s-70’s one week and 90 that weekend. And then rain again on Monday. So annoying! I’m beyond ready to retire my summer clothes in favor of chunky sweaters and booots!
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    • Ashley

      So far I’m the only one in the house who has escaped the head cold so far…I’m just going to keep drinking this hot chocolate and hope it keeps its distance from me!! Hope you’re feeling better soon, Hayley!

      Reply

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