Love hot chocolates and vanilla? Well, this is the perfect blend of the two! I myself am an outrageous vanilla head and simply can't get enough. When the Cat told me about white hot chocolate, I nearly fainted from the glory of it! We went to the store, and got a little carton of the Land O Lakes Arctic White Hot Cocoa Mix and made us both a cup! While it was delightful, (and definitely quicker than anything made from scratch) I still felt like there was more to this steamy sweet drink so I took it upon myself to create a simple recipe that really brought the creaminess and decadent vanilla flavor to the next level. I now present to you the Royal White Hot Chocolate : the official winter beverage here at White Grange Academy! ;)
Royal White Hot Chocolate
1/4 Cup of any White Chocolate Chips (I chose these.)
1/4 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup of Half and Half
1/2 Cup of 2% Milk
1/8 of a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Whipped Cream (Optional, for topping)
1. Mix the white chocolate chips and the heavy whipping cream together in a saucepan on low heat. Stir continually until the chocolate is fully melted. Stir often, the chocolate will tend to stick to the bottom of the pan if you leave it unattended for too long.
2. When the chocolate has melted fully, add the milk, half and half, and vanilla. Stir occasionally until the mixture is very warm
3. Pour into your favorite mug and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles!
Voila! Now wasn't that simple? And doesn't it taste divine!? Now, I know I will be receiving some commentary about how unhealthy this is (but do desserts have to be healthy...I mean really?) so I do have some less fatty alternatives for you! You can substitute both the whipping cream and half and half with organic, fat-free milk. If you live in the US, Costco and Kroger carry this at most of their locations. Now deleted the whipped cream on top and you still have a delicious hot beverage! (but, it's not the BEST, believe me. I've tested it. Still, it's a bit healthier)
Now that you've got this recipe, try tweaking it to your own personal taste! Any chocolate will do, so you could use a flavored bar, a dark chocolate, or something with caramel! Also, try substituting just a bit of the milk with a flavored coffee creamer and adding a bit of peppermint essential oil. Use your imagination! :D