There are certain flavors that signify the start of a season for me. Summer has strawberries, watermelon, and sweet corn. Fall has apples, pumpkin, and ginger spice. Winter has peppermint and hot chocolate. There are, of course, millions of flavor profiles out there that signify different things for different people, but peppermint and hot chocolate are two things that just SCREAM winter for me.
I’ve been wanting to make hot chocolate on a stick for a long time, ever since I first saw it posted for sale at The Ticket Kitchen. Sure, there are tons of other places online that sell this.. and it probably isn’t a “new” idea.. but it’s a genius ideas for the holidays. What’s a better gift than a nice new mug and some hot chocolate on a stick. Pair that with some amazing marshmallows, a fire and a cozy blanket, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice wintry evening.
But.. $3.95 plus shipping and handling is a little pricey for one steamy mug of hot chocolate with no marshmallows. Of course, it’s simple enough to make on your own (both the hot chocolate and the marshmallows). I found a simple recipe for hot chocolate on a stick from King Arthur Flour and used a cubed ice tray to make my own hot chocolate on a stick. Paired with some homemade peppermint marshmallows (used Alton Brown‘s marshmallow recipe, but replaced the vanilla extract with peppermint extract and swirl in a little bit of red food coloring at the end) and I was good to go for small Christmas presents.