Peppermint Hot Chocolate

For Hot Chocolate:
4 oz milk chocolate chips
4 tablespoons sugar
a small pinch of salt
4 cups milk
4 candy canes

For topping:
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

1. In a small saucepan add milk and heat until steaming but not boiling. Add chocolate, sugar and salt. Simmer for 4 – 5 minutes, whisking constantly until chocolate is melted. Do not bring to a boil.

2. In a large glass or metal bowl, add whipping cream, peppermint extract and sugar. Whip until light and fluffy.

3. Serve hot chocolate topped with cream and add the candy cane. The candy cane will melt in hot chocolate and contribute more to peppermint flavor.

Makes 4 servings