It’s official hot chocolate weather in Colorado.

I’m excited.

I’d be more excited if it had waited until after I have to walk around the neighborhood after the sun goes down asking neighbors that I don’t really know for candy for my kids.

But I’ll take it.

Weather.com totally teased me last night with “Locations nearby are reporting snow” so you know I stared out the window for a good hour and a half before finally giving up. No snow for me.

Good news though, I’m totally prepared for the cold now thanks to the lovely people at Stephen’s Hot Cocoa. They sent me a package of 3 of their hot cocoa flavors: Cookies N’ Creme, Orange Creme, and Amaretto. I buy their Candycane Cocoa every winter because the cute little bear drinking the cocoa on the package is just too cute to resist so I was excited to try their other flavors.

I used the Cookies and Creme Cocoa to make this popcorn. The coating for the popcorn is the cocoa mix, butter, and melted marshmallows! It’s almost like a rice krispies treat but with popcorn! And then, of course, I mixed in more (unmelted) marshmallows and some chopped cookies. Because you can’t have Cookies and Cream Popcorn without cookies!

More good news! I’ve got cocoa for one of you! Make sure you enter below!

One winner will get three cans of Stephen’s Hot Cocoa in Cookies N’ Creme, Orange Creme, and Amaretto. Giveaway is open until November 4 at midnight Eastern time. I will email the winner after the giveaway ends so make sure your email is correct! US only, please.

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You know the only thing better than peppermint white hot chocolate? Pink peppermint white hot chocolate!

This time of year my Starbucks drink of choice is the peppermint white mocha which is pretty much the best thing ever but when I’m not feeling coffee, I go for the peppermint white hot chocolate but their version has nothing on this pretty pink one!

Before Nicole and I started this Thirsty Thursday thing I had no idea hot chocolate was so easy to make from scratch but seriously, if you haven’t done it, you need to. I’m always so disappointed in the white hot chocolate mixes but this homemade version makes up for it.

Nicole made Peppermint Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls which would go perfectly with this hot chocolate!

One year ago: Parker House Rolls
Three years ago: Mint Brownies

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

1 serving

Ingredients

2 cups milk
1 candy cane, crushed
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 teaspoon light corn syrup

Instructions

  1. Set aside about 1 tablespoon of crushed candy cane.
  2. Heat milk over medium heat until warm (do not boil). Stir in candy cane until dissolved. Removed from heat; stir in white chocolate and continue stirring until it's completely dissolved.
  3. Coat the rim of your mug with the corn syrup and dip in the crushed candy canes you set aside.
  4. Pour hot chocolate into your glass. Serve hot.
http://fakeginger.com/2012/12/13/peppermint-white-hot-chocolate/

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Frozen hot chocolate has always confused me. I thought it was just a chocolate milkshake with a fancy name and I couldn’t figure out why everyone went crazy over them. So when Nicole and I decided on a chocolate theme for this week, I knew I had to make one.

It is so not just a chocolate milkshake! I used a salted caramel hot chocolate mix and it tasted just like a salted caramel hot chocolate… but frozen. Amazing how that works, right? I was so excited with how it turned out and it really couldn’t be easier. If you have hot chocolate mix and some milk, you can make this.

Nicole made a hot chocolate mix which would be perfect for this! Just use 1.25 ounces of the mix in place of the packaged one!

One year ago: Cheddar Ale Soup in Soft Pretzel Bowls
Two years ago: Brie Stuffed Apples and Holiday Morning Strata
Three years ago: Oatmeal, Cranberry, & White Chocolate Cookies
Four years ago: Herbed Focaccia

Frozen Hot Chocolate

1 serving

adapted from Picky Palate

Ingredients

1/2 - 3/4 cup milk
1 packet hot chocolate mix
1 cup ice
whipped cream
chocolate, for shaving on top

Instructions

  1. Put 1/2 milk, hot chocolate mix, and ice in a blender. Blend until pretty smooth, adding more milk as needed. Pour into a glass. Top with whipped cream and use a microplane to shave some chocolate on top. Serve immediately.
http://fakeginger.com/2012/12/06/frozen-hot-chocolate/

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