Are you ready for a simple gluten-free treat that's perfect for a cold morning or evening? Add a twist to peppermint hot chocolate by preparing it in the blender!
DIY Peppermint Hot Chocolate
RELATED: Candy Cane Crisps, Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Trifle
Here's how I made mine:
You will need:
- Your favorite hot chocolate mix
- Hot water (I use hot tap water. My blender gets it even hotter.)
- Gluten free candy canes (*See my note)
- A high powered blender (I use Blendtec.)
Using at least one mini candy cane per cup of water, dump candy canes, water and hot chocolate mix (the amount depends on your mix) into the blender and blend on the fastest setting. (For the Blendtec, choose the Soup button.) In about a minute, your hot chocolate will have a fun foamy top!
This is a favorite treat at our house every year. We're always sad when we use the last of the candy canes! (You can flavor the hot chocolate with any type of peppermint candy--soft or hard, but not toffee!)
*I spent an hour and a half on Wednesday trying to find gluten-free candy canes. I searched the web before I left, and Bob's brand looked like an easy solution. One problem. I couldn't find them anywhere! Not at Walmart. Not at Target. (Target's candy canes ingredient list looked promising, but no one could tell me if they were gluten free. I was on the verge of tears. How difficult could it be to find gluten free candy canes? I was sure I had seen Bob's Candy Canes every year in the past!
I finally called the company, and guess what they told me? They now make Brachs Candy Canes in their allergy free facility! Guess what brandy of candy canes I already had in my cupboard at home? Brachs. 90 minutes wasted. On the bright side, at least I can save you the same trouble! As of 2012, Brachs Candy Canes are gluten free. Yea! (That does not mean that the rest of Brachs candy line is gluten free. You still have to check each candy. For example--candy corns are still not gluten free. I'm pretty sad about that one!)
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YUM! That hot chocolate looks FAB! I'm working on my own recipe for a Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Great minds think alike. ;) :)
I linked-up my recipe for Hot Cocoa (Soy, Fish, Nut, Wheat and Egg-Free). I decided to stick with your theme since it's a yummy one. :)
Have a great week, Heidi!
Thank you so much for linking this up to our link-up! :) I was so hoping you'd share it with my part of the blogosphere! :)
Michelle @ The Willing Cook
Thanks for the feature, Heidi! I'm sharing it on my Facebook page today and I grabbed a button. I'm sharing a post today about choosing only 2 or 3 gluten-free flours. I hope it's helpful to your gf readers. I'd love to hear what other's top gf flour choices are as well.
Paige @ Not Missing a Thing!
Oohh! That peppermint hot chocolate looks yummy! Thanks for the feature! It'll be on Facebook. Today Im sharing our gluten, dairy and egg-free sugar cookies. They are great for rolling out and cutting all those fun Christmas cookie cutter shapes.
Jennifer @ 20 something allergies and counting...down
Thanks for hosting Heidi! We love our peppermint hot cocoa here. Yum.
We are kicking off the holiday season by filling our home with holiday cheer without the extra calories or effort of baking. I shared a sweet, spicy, and decadent simmering potpourri recipe that doesn't fill the air with fake scents that are harmful and toxic to us and our children.
You can also get a sneak peek at our holiday preparations.
The Official Scent of Christmas; A Simmering Potpourri Recipe
Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free
Heidi you poor thing! Searching for so long for GF candy canes only to find you already have them. Thanks for letting us know, though :) This week I've shared a post on 8 ways to use up Swiss chard stems, it's got some soups, some baked ones and some stir fry ideas.
Thanks for featuring my recipe! This week, I'm sharing a delicious turkey hash - perfect for all of that leftover turkey - and a healthy beef bone broth. Have a great week!
Thanks for hosting. I linked up a taco casserole for everyone who is sick of turkey! :) Btw, it had not occured to me that candy canes would have gluten in them. A good reminder to always read labels!
Thanks for hosting! This week I shared my Thumbprint Cookies.
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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl
Chocolate and peppermint is my favorite this time of year. And I'm LOVING that froth on the top--perfect!
Awesome to see a gf blog party:) I'll join up soon!!! Love the gf tip on candy canes and cocoa recipe:) Pinned it! Found your post at Ginger Snap where I posted
That hot chocolate sounds yummy!
Debi @ Adorned From Above
This looks delicious.
Dana at Celiac Kiddo
Oh my gosh, this looks GREAT! What a lovely photo, it really makes me want to try some now :) Do you think it would work in a Cuisinart? I wish I had a Blendtec, sigh.
I absolutely love mint and chocolate together, so I must try this! :-)
Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.
Looks amazing, Heidi! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!
Meg @ BigRedClifford
This looks de-vine! I can't wait to try this!! Thanks for linkin up to Foto Friday!
Kelly - Two Kids Cooking and More
We love hot chocolate on a cold winter day...especially after playing outside in the snow! Thanks for sharing it at our Show and Tell Linky Party.
Can't wait to see what you share next week :D
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
YUM! This looks perfect for Christmas eve! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
I hope to see you again next week! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
Jessi @ Practically Functional
Mmm, hot chocolate! Too bad about the wasted time looking for candy canes, but I'm glad you had some that worked anyway! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
Christina at I Gotta Create!
Sounds yummy. Your search will save lots of time for others I'm sure ;)
Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina
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Thank you so much for linking up at my linky party! I am pinning every post to my Show Me Your Plaid Monday's Board for all to see! I hope you come back each week!
MMMMMMMM This post is so yummy! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.
Wow, this sounds so yummy!
Thanks, Jen! I'm glad you stopped by.
Sounds smooth and soothing. I would have never thought that candy canes have gluten. When you don't have that problem, you don't pay attention to that.
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Oh, yum! I love peppermint hot chocolate. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
Julie @ Lilacs & Longhorns
My two favorite flavors together...chocolate and mint -YUM!
Thanks for linking up to the Winter Wonders and Holiday Happenings linky party!