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This time of year is so crazy. I love it, and get ready for it year round. No kidding. I’m pretty much a real life Buddy the Elf, and yes, smiling is my favorite, and I like to eat from the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, corns, and syrup. I think Buddy forgot a food group though: hot chocolate. It’s the perfect drink this time of year.
And this peppermint hot chocolate was the perfect way to unwind during a particularly busy holiday season week. I picked up the ingredients while I was trying to check some items of my Christmas present list, shopping at Walmart because seriously, that store has everything. I just threw the ingredients in the crock pot while I was making dinner, stirred it occasionally. Easy peasy. Then after the Goose was asleep, I poured the husband and I each a big cup of it and we sat and enjoyed it cuddled up under a big fuzzy blanket in front of the lit trees. It was like a scene from a Christmas movie.
The only thing missing was the snow falling softly outside the window.
The hot chocolate wasn’t missing anything though. It was the perfect blend of chocolate and mint thanks to DOVE® Limited Edition Peppermint Bark , which combines rich dark chocolate with white chocolate and crushed mint. I love DOVE® Chocolate. It’s so smooth and creamy. I have a hard time eating just one or two. It’s addicting, especially when you have a sweet tooth like I do. You can find the DOVE® Peppermint Bark and all the other yummy DOVE® candies in the seasonal candy aisle. The DOVE® candies should be near the White Peppermint M&M’S® , which make such a fun garnish on this hot chocolate.
As good as this hot chocolate was to drink, it felt good while I was making it. Not only was I treating my husband and myself to a quiet evening, but I knew my purchase supported the Great American Milk Drive, a an effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies to provide milk for families in need. Anytime you buy M&M’S® at Walmart through Christmas, a donation was made to the Great American Milk Drive to provide fresh milk to families and children that would not be able to buy it. This season the Great American Milk Drive will deliver it’s 1 millionth (!!) gallon to Feeding America’s nationwide food bank. For more info on the Great American Milk Drive or to give to this great cause yourself, you can check it out here and check out this video.
Plus, you can save some money yourself while still taking part in this wonderful movement.
So my good feelings about supporting this great cause made this hot chocolate even more warming on that cold winter night, and made me feel even cozier. My taste buds, soul, and inner Buddy the Elf were all happy.
5 minPrep Time
2 hrCook Time
2 hr, 5 Total Time
- 4 cups of Great Value® Whole Milk
- 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract*
- 1.5 bags of DOVE® Peppermint Bark (about 45 candies)
- Whipped Cream
- Mini Marshmallows
- White Peppermint Chocolate M&M'S®
- Stir together 4 cups of milk, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk in a small slow cooker.
- Add in the unwrapped DOVE® Peppermint Bark.
- Heat on low for 2-3 hours or until the hot chocolate reaches the desired temperature, stirring occasionally to incorporate the chocolate.
- Serve hot. Garnish with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and White Peppermint Chocolate M&M'S® if desired.
*If you want a stronger peppermint flavor, sub the vanilla extract for a teaspoon of peppermint extract.