There are those who say white chocolate ISN’T chocolate. . . and while, technically, they may be right, I don’t turn up my nose at this velvety creation over mere semantics.
Nope, bring me white chocolate and I will love you. Befriend you. Name my imaginary 4th child after you.
Since we’re in the throws of Christmas and holiday baking and enjoying our Hot Chocolate Bar, I decided to switch things up today. My excuse is that it’s my birthday week … but, really, I just wanted to drink white chocolate and I needed a break from Swiss Miss.
This Snowman Soup (name chosen by the Kidlets and a few Facebook readers) is decadent without being overly sweet and cloying. It’s scrumptious and velvety and such a beautiful twist to the normal concept of “hot chocolate.” Of course, we kicked it up a notch with whipped cream and peppermint candies.
THEN . . . the Kidlets saw the snowman faces that Jill (from Meet the Dubiens) made for her cuppa chocolate. When they saw those little bobbing snowman heads, it was “game on” in their minds. Pleading, begging, trying to barter with promises of clean rooms and fuss-free bedtimes, they used everything in their arsenal to ensure Snowmen would be a part of this hot chocolate experience.
Truth be told, they were fast and easy and so CUTE! Just a snip through a marshmallow and a few pieces of candy stuck to the sticky white ‘mallow and we had ourselves some snowman faces ready to be dunked in cups of white hot chocolate.
(only to meet a very violent end as the Kidlets started tearing off chocolate eyes and candy noses … first, of course)
So — if you need a new drink for after you go a ‘caroling . . . or after you tour the Christmas lights in your neighborhood … or after a long, long, long Monday . . . this is the drink for you.
- 4 cups Whole Milk
- 3 cups Half-and-Half
- 1 and ½ cups White Chocolate Chips
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- Whipped Cream
- Crushed Peppermint Candies
- Jumbo Marshmallows
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Orange Reese’s Pieces (or similar brand)
- Pour the Milk and Half-and-Half into a 3-quart slow-cooker.
- Add the White Chocolate Chips.
- Cover and turn the slow-cooker to LOW.
- Cook for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally to help the chips melt.
- When fully melted, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- Ladle the drink into mugs and add the toppings in the following order:
- Whipped Cream
- Crushed Peppermint Candy
- Snowman Marshmallows
- Serve and enjoy!
Slice the Jumbo Marshmallows in half (across the middle) to create round Snowman faces.
On the sticky, “cut” side of the marshmallow half, add mini chocolate chips for eyes and the mouth and half of a Reese’s Pieces Candy for a “carrot nose,” pressing down on each piece of candy to help it adhere to the sticky marshmallow.
One more thing — want to make this recipe just a wee bit healthier? Try Organic Valley Milk and Half-and-Half.
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