This Winter Wonderland White Hot Chocolate is a fun and festive drink perfect for winter! It's almost too cute to drink!
It's finally beginning to snow which means the Christmas season is officially upon us. I decided to embrace the freezing weather by making a ton of hot chocolate! This hot chocolate is a true winter wonderland delight! A blue ganache drip, white and blue sanding sugar rim, white hot chocolate, sweetened whipped cream, snowflakes, non pareils and a dust of powdered sugar a.k.a snow! It's like Christmas in a mug!
So how do we make this whimsical Christmas drink? Well we start by making a simple white chocolate ganache, then tint it blue. Dip the top of the mugs in the ganache, then in white or blue sanding sugar. I drizzled some more of the ganache inside of the glass, but obviously the hot chocolate melted it away ?.
All of this is optional, by the way. I just love the frozen winter-y looks it gives this drink.
Place the mugs in the refrigerator to set. Meanwhile, make the white hot chocolate. This hot chocolate couldn't be easier to make, and only requires 5 simple ingredients: milk, heavy cream, white chocolate, vanilla and salt. I used milk AND cream because the cream makes the hot chocolate thick and adds more flavour. Of course, you can leave the cream out and just use all milk, if you prefer.
Anyways, add all of the ingredients to a saucepan, heat on the stove until chocolate is melted and milk is steaming. That's all. You can't get any easier than that.
For the Winter Wonderland topping, I piped on a generous swirl of sweetened whipped cream. You can even pile on a mountain of mini marshmallows on top instead. The goal is to make it look like a pile of snow on top of our mug!
You can then top your whipped cream or marshmallows with whatever Christmas candies you want! I topped mine with snowflake sprinkles, white nonpareils and blue sanding sugar. I then dusted some powdered sugar on top to act as snowfall!
This magical hot beverage is perfect to enjoy while cozying up under a warm blanket on the couch on a cold winter night. It'll surely warm you up and bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!
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- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp light corn syrup
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- Few drops blue gel food colouring
- Blue sanding sugar
- White sanding sugar
White Hot Chocolate:
- 1 and ½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 4 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Winter Wonderland Topping:
- Sweetened Whipped Cream, for topping (or a mountain of mini marshmallows)
- Snowflake Sprinkles
- Blue sanding sugar
- White non pareils
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
For the Rim:
- In a small saucepan, heat the heavy whipping cream and corn syrup until it just begins to simmer, then pour it over the white chocolate chips. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. Add a few drops of blue food colouring and stir until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Dip the rim of the glass into the blue ganache, then dip into the white or blue sanding sugar. Place in the refrigerator to set. Meanwhile, make the hot chocolate.
For the White Hot Chocolate:
- Add the milk, cream, white chocolate, vanilla and salt to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is simmering. Do not boil.
- Pour the liquid into mugs. Top with whipped cream, non pareils, blue sanding sugar, snowflake sprinkles and a dust of powdered sugar to mimic snowfall! Enjoy!
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