A Twist on a Holiday Classic: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for some new ideas to keep my friends and family joyful and excited about food and treats throughout the holidays.

 

Around this time of year, I always have a large group of friends over to my home for holiday movies, laughter, and most importantly, food and good company. One of my favorite wintertime treats is Hickory Farms Mini Meltaway Mints. To put a minty twist on a classic creation, I pondered combining the minty yummy goodness with another delicious winter tradition.

If there is one comforting beverage that is celebrated and prepared the most throughout the holiday, hot chocolate has got to be it. Hot chocolate has been a holiday staple for myself, my family, and as a party addition for as long as I can remember. This year, I knew I wanted to combine holiday hot chocolate and Meltaway Mints and make a super delicious, decadent twist on my standard drink.

I started by making my regular recipe of hot chocolate by adding vanilla soy milk, an adequate amount of cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon, and a vanilla bean to the stove top. I mixed all of the ingredients and stirred slowly but consistently to alleviate the chance of any lumps.

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This hot chocolate turned out to be such a beautiful shade of milky brown, I wasn’t sure what the Meltaway Mints would do to the color, so I left them out of the actual hot chocolate mixture. Instead, I topped each mug with a hefty amount of whipped cream, and sprinkled a pretty array of Mini Meltaway Mints onto the top.

Not only was it incredibly festive in appearance, but it also added a minty flavor and pastel hue to the whipped cream.

This new spin on a traditional drink was such a hit, I have no doubt I will be making this peppermint hot chocolate recipe in the very near future and for holidays to come.

Indulge in Italian Ice Cream Truffles

Italian ice cream flavors from Hickory Farms.
 

With its silky smooth gelato center, rich flavor and crisp, decadent chocolate coating, our Hickory Farms Italian Ice Cream Truffles make a truly luscious ice cream dessert the whole family will enjoy eating. Big enough to share and sure to be a winner at any gathering, our ice cream truffles can turn a casual night at home or a dinner party with friends into something exceptional.

Gelato is a time-honored Italian tradition dating all the way back to the late 1500s when the Medici family, who were outspoken lovers of frozen desserts, commissioned architect and artist Bernardo Buontalenti to impress the visiting King of Spain with a beautiful meal. Altering the recipe for the then-famous sorbet, Buontalenti produced a creamier, richer version that’s now known as gelato.

 

Ice cream truffles from Hickory Farms.
 

Our Italian Ice Cream Truffles continue this delectable tradition. Our delicious gelato is carefully handmade and coated in rich chocolate. They’re then finished with shelled nuts or additional chocolate pieces. From the gelato to the chocolate coating and topping, each Italian ice cream flavor profile is carefully chosen to create a complimentary and unique tasting experience.

 

Gelato desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Each box comes with a dozen flavors of ice cream truffles. Chocolate lovers will be delighted with Bittersweet Chocolate, Caramel Fudge with Almonds, or Cookies & Cream truffles. Those of you who prefer fruity desserts will find several decadent options, including Banana with Peanuts, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Apricot with White Chocolate Chip truffles. If you want to really embrace the flavors ofItaly, you must try the Tiramisu truffle. For a rich, nutty treat, pick the Praline Pecan or White Chocolate Hazelnut. Finally, for an ice cream dessert you won’t soon forget, opt for the fabulous Burnt Caramel.

With so many enchanting gelato dessert options, our Italian Ice Cream Truffles are sure to be a great hit after any dinner. Let your friends and family pick their favorite flavor, but be sure to set out plenty of spoons because no one will be able to resist tasting each one!

Finding the Perfect Winter Dessert Treat: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

We recently had our first snow of the season in Ohio. I much prefer the warm weather months, but since harsh, brittle winters are inevitable in Ohio, I’ve learned to make the best of it. I often have guests over to help make the time spent at home a little more fun. Since I tend to have a lot of people over, I am always looking for flavorsome treats to have in dishes throughout my home for people to snack on. My favorite winter snack to have ready while entertaining is peppermint dessert treats. I am always on the hunt for new variations on this classic candy that my guests will love.

Anything made with peppermints around this time makes me incredibly happy – peppermint sticks, peppermint brownies, peppermint martinis…the list goes on and on.

Now that we are entering into the start of the chilliest months here in Ohio, my primary focus was to get my hands on the mintiest treat I could find from Hickory Farms.

I had some amazing minty options, but my sights were set from the beginning. Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow cookies were my choice. I can’t think of  a better treat than combining crunchy chocolate cookie with crushed peppermints.

 

I was first drawn to the appearance of these amazing peppermint Christmas cookies.   These tasty indulgences are concealed within white and dark chocolate. As if that isn’t enough, they are then sprinkled with crushed peppermints. the crushed peppermints not only add a crunchy, minty finish, but they make the presentation of these chocolate peppermint cookies so impressive that they make for an incredible after dinner dessert treat at a dinner party or family gathering.

The Peppermint Snow Mint Cookies were put to the test when I hosted a small holiday gathering. I knew my guests thought they were as enchanting as I did when I realized an hour into the party that there were none left for me!

There were two lessons I learned that night. The first was that for every winter gathering from this point on, Peppermint Snow Mints have to be a dessert treat for guests to nosh on. The second lesson is that I always need to buy an extra bag for myself.