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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

It's been anything but a relaxing holiday week around here...lots of festivities and other big events (I'm an aunt again!), along with some illness.  'Tis the season, right?  No matter how crazy things are, a nice warm cup of hot cocoa always seems to calm things down.

As part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker Program, I was sent some Sweet'N Low samples so I could create a winter beverage that's low in sugar but still great in taste.  I immediately gravitated toward hot cocoa with a bit of a festive twist - peppermint.

Yes, I know there's sugar in the candy cane, but using the Sweet'N Low still cut back on the overall amount and made it just as delicious.  I only needed a single serving so I made this in the microwave - so easy!  This really hits the spot on a cold winter evening.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa
slightly adapted from Hershey's Kitchens

1 heaping teaspoon cocoa
1 packet Sweet'N Low sweetener
pinch of salt
milk (enough to fill your mug)
candy cane
mini marshmallows

Combine cocoa, Sweet'N Low and salt in a mug and.  Add 2 teaspoons milk and stir until smooth.  Add milk until mug is almost full.  Microwave on high for about 60-90 seconds, or until hot.  Stir.  Add marshmallows and candy cane and serve.

Linked to:  Sweets for a Saturday

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