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
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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