Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a staple around here, but we sometimes get tired of the usual cocoa mix (cocoa + icing sugar) swirled into warmed milk. Since we’re all fans of peanut butter and chocolate, years ago I tried swirling a spoonful of creamy peanut butter into hot chocolate, and it was a hit. Rich and delicious, it’s enough of an energy boost to take with you in a Thermos to the ski hill, skating, or when you come inside after some snow shovelling or snowman-building.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 3 cups 2% milk
  5. 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  6. 2 oz good dark chocolate, finely chopped (or a small handful of chocolate chips)
  7. marshmallows (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and cocoa to get rid of lumps; stir in the water until smooth, then whisk in the milk over medium-high heat. Heat until steaming. Remove the pan from the heat and add the peanut butter and chocolate. Let it sit for a few seconds, then blend it with a hand-held immersion blender. Or for individual cups, divide the chocolate among the cups and pour the warm milk overtop. Whisk until perfectly smooth. Add marshmallows, if you like.
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