Peppermint Mocha or Hot Chocolate

Update: The Pick Giveaway Winner plug-in chose Pamela and Miranda as the winners. Congratulations, ladies! Please respond to the email I just send to you with your mailing addresses and details and I will send it onto our friends at Korin.com!

I promised a Peppermint Mocha to end all Peppermint Mochas today and I am a girl of my word. I also promised a giveaway, and that’s coming up, too, but first a word or two about the ne plus ultra of mochas.

This was inspired by my poor friend who went to a place that rhymes with Flickschmonalds and ordered a seasonal Peppermint Mocha because it sounded cozy and warm and Christmasy. She left with the impression of having consumed a cup of coffee laced with vinegar and sugar immediately after brushing her teeth. I knew I could do better for my friend.

And I did.

Oh. I diddlydiddid.

Flickschmonalds, Blartucks, and Punkin’ Gonuts have nothing on my Peppermint Mocha. It screams CHRISTMAS, and WINTER, and CUDDLY, yes, but it also screams I’M AFFORDABLE ENOUGH TO DRINK EVERY DAY. …though given the quantity of half and half in it, it may not be a well-advised decision. Mmmm. Half and half.

My word people. If I carry on like this there’s gonna be trouble in the fitting-into-my-pants realm. These taste so darned good that I don’t really care, though. On the plus side, there is some coffee in it (which turns me into MRS. HYPER which is why I keep TYPING IN CAPS. Somebody stop me.) which is supposed to boost your metabolism. So there. And also, can someone come scrape me off of the ceiling where I’ve been parked since beginning working on this recipe?

It’s not enough just to have the half and half, AND the Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce AND the coffee AND a thick cap of whipped cream. I sprinkle the top with crushed candy canes and use a chocolate covered peppermint stick as a swizzle stick. Apparently I have a thing for swizzle sticks these days.

Drive right past that drive-through window and straight to the store to buy your ingredients. I use Bogdon’s Chocolatey Candy Sticks for the job, but use whatever little peppermint sticks you can find. If it’s coated with chocolate? Well, buy two boxes -no- buy four. Those little puppies are seasonal and Peppermint Mochas are good all winter long!

Peppermint Mocha or Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a {GIVEAWAY}
 
Try this ultra decadent, rich, creamy Peppermint Mocha for a wintery treat. There simply isn't anything better to have on Christmas morning than this frothy treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce
  • 6 ounces half and half (Whole milk can be substituted for a less decadent mocha)
  • 1 shot of espresso or 2 ounces double-strength brewed coffee (omit coffee if you're making a Hot Chocolate.)
  • whipped cream
  • 2 peppermint sticks (or 2 small candy canes), divided
Instructions
  1. Brew the espresso into a standard sized mug (or pour the still-hot double-strength coffee into your mug.) Omit the espresso or coffee if you're making a Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
  2. Heat the hot fudge sauce and Half and Half together in a canning jar in the microwave or a small saucepan until steaming hot. Use a small whisk or a milk frother to vigorously combine the two until the hot fudge sauce is thoroughly melted into the mixture and it is slightly frothy. Pour it over the espresso or double-strength coffee in the mug. Dollop a generous amount of whipped cream on top of the drink. Crush one of the peppermint sticks or candy canes and sprinkle over the whipped cream. Use the remaining peppermint stick or candy cane to gently stir the drink and leave it in place as garnish.
  3. Enjoy!

Now for the giveaway! Do you see that gorgeous mug that’s holding the decadent mocha? Korin.com -one of my favourite online kitchen wares retailers- sent those Mugtails to me about a month ago. They have scarcely had an empty moment since. They’re so charming and so sweet and so pretty I haven’t wanted to put them on the shelf. The mugs are a beautiful stark white and the fawn and squirrel impressions in the mug are slightly thinner than the rest of the mug. When held up to the light, it comes through the shapes slightly. If you were to drop a tea light into the mugs, they’d be stunning!

For those of you who -like me- are mug crazy, these are the sort you wrap your hands around. The tail on the fawn mug is obviously not designed as a method to hold the mug. The squirrel mug’s bushy tail is perfect for holding the mug, but you can still cup your hands around it if that’s your preference.

Korin.com has kindly offered to give away one of the Fawn Mugtails (pictured above: ARV $16) and one of these adorable Squirrel Mugtails (ARV: $16).

 

The Fawn Mugtail is a standard sized mug that holds a generous mocha or tall cup of coffee while the Squirrel Mugtail is more of a demi-tasse, espresso sized cup. You’d still have room for a goodly cap of whipped cream in the squirrel cup if that dings your chimes… Just imagine these beautiful cups for holiday entertaining! How do you win? I’m glad you asked! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry method you use so they’re all counted!

Mandatory Entry

Leave a comment here telling me which of the two mugs you’d prefer and tell me what you’d use to fill the mug!

Optional Entries:

You have until 9 a.m. EST on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 to enter! Winners will be announced here sometime on Monday. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: Korin Knives provided mugs for me to review and is giving two mugs away, but I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are mine alone!

Comments

  1. SueP says

    I would like the squirrel mugtail, because you said it’s smaller, and so obviously, I would be SHOWING RESTRAINT in using this delicately sized mug for the 2,001 peppermint mocha beverages I would drink this winter.

  2. Michelle W says

    I think I would prefer the squirrel mug… since I’d be pretty squirrelly after drinking this delicious concoction. :D

  3. Michelle W says

    Hmmm… I think my Korin product of choice would be a fancy knife set. This one in fact: Togiharu Hammered Texture Damascus Gyutou, Nakiri, & Paring – 3 Piece Set

    So amazing!

  4. Kari Routledge says

    No question the fawn mug tail because I’m dying to try your recipe here. It could be a whole new addiction!

  5. Lisa says

    I like the size of the fawn mug, but the tail on the squirrel! I would have to go with the fawn though, to fill it with coffee first thing in the morning, (I would have to try the peppermint mocha)but I know there would be competition to fill it with hot chocolate too.

  6. Rachael H. says

    Oh my gosh. I had these on my wedding registry but never got them! I’m so excited about this giveaway!! I would love the fawn mugtail :)

    thanks for the chance!

  7. Rachael H. says

    Liked Foodie with Family on facebook.
    Also, forgot to say that i’d fill it with steamed skim milk with vanilla & honey! :)

  8. Lisa says

    I wanted the pickle maker, because I’m really getting into making lacto fermented foods, including pickles and kimchi and that devise looks perfect, it has a press included in the lid to keep the vegetables submerged in the liquid.

  9. Colleen Gross says

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE that incredibly cute squirrel mug. My 9-year old’s nickname is squirrel (he wiggles a lot) and that would be the perfect mug for his absolute favorite drink—WARM chocolate. (he’s very specific on the term “warm”). This sure would be the perfect present for him if I win…and I am hoping so.

    I think I’ll go follow you now on Facebook!

  10. Tiffany K says

    I love the squirrel!! so adorable, and I would totally use it to drink all manner of mochas this holiday season!! (and just plain coffee the rest of the year…)

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