Chase away the winter chill with this fun twist on hot chocolate that combines eggnog and gingerbread flavors into one unbelievably-cozy sipper!
It’s official. Eggnog-sipping, nut-crunching by the blazing fireplace-season is upon us.
And I am one content gal.
Yeah, yeah I know what you’re thinking: But what about all that complaining Sarah did about the weather in OCTOBER of all times?!
Yes, well. That was just denial. It happens every year when winter comes a ‘knockin too early for my cold-hating self.
Now that we’re smack in the middle December and surrounded by the white stuff? Not to mention the cookies and all things hot and cozy coming outta my ears?! I’m giving into the cravings and letting winter sweep me into it’s clutches.
Yikes, that sounds kinda scary. But believe me, they’re NICE clutches as long as I’m INSIDE and outta the Wisconsin-elements, covered in fuzzy blankets with a mug of THIS in my hand at all times.
I let my family handle the whole shoveling-up-the-white-mess part of winter while I stay in my nice and warm kitchen and supply the hot chocolate and cookies for afterward. I mean, somebody’s gotta do this part of the job and it might as well be ME!
It’s a hard job, but I’m more than happy to do it. 😀
Rambling put aside for the time-being. Let’s talk ’bout the chocolate.
When it comes to winter sippers, what do you usually reach for first? I always have the toughest time deciding which one I’m in the mood for: Hot chocolate or eggnog? Caramel latte or a steamer?
Now normally my caffeine-cray self would go straight for the coffee, no questions asked. But sometimes….I just want to be a kid again and sip away at piping-hot chocolate or creamy eggnog, while munching away on a few of my mom’s dynamite gingerbread cookies. ♥
Um yeah, a few cookies? Kinda the understatement of the year. Mom makes the gingerbread cookies of your DREAMS and it’s literally impossible to stop eating them. I need to share the recipe with y’all sometime….
Anywho when these kid-cravings do hit, do you know how hard it is for me to decide between eggnog and hot chocolate?! Tough stuff, so I came up with a fix: Combine them both AND throw some winter-y, gingerbread-y spices into the mix too…yes, yes, yes!
…Ultimately resulting in Winter’s Best Beverage of all the land.
One that can certainly hold it’s own against my beloved pumpkin spice lattes which, by the way, I DO NOT stop making even though pumpkin season is pretty much a distant memory. *sniff*
This hot choc guys? It’s so easy, it’s almost embarrassing—I’m positive you have all the ingredients only a hop, skip and stone’s throw away and seriously, TEN MINUTES prep time to sipping?! You can’t beat it.
And I just can’t even….stop…sipping..(!!!)
Dear Hot Chocolate Season: Please stay around forever so I can always indulge in your hot, chocolate-y goodness.
Sincerely and forever yours, Sarah.
Uh one last thing: I hope you know that even though there’s gingerbread flavors in this hot chocolate, it is absolutely necessary that you grab some gingersnaps for dunking. It’s sacred.
And I think it goes without saying that this hot chocolate would be pretty lonely without it’s BFF the whipped cream. Mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top too? Why not?! The more calories the merrier.
This, dear friends, is what winter dreams are MADE of. ♥
- 6 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup xylitol (or sugar)
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whipped cream for serving
- Mini chocolate chips and cinnamon for topping, optional
- In a large saucepan, whisk milk, cream, xylitol (or sugar) and egg yolks until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, spices, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally until hot chocolate is steaming and chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
- Ladle hot chocolate into serving cups and top with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips or cinnamon if desired. Serve warm.