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Hot Cocoa Ice Cream with {Peppermint Chocolate Chips & Marshmallows}

by Tickled Red on December 22, 2011 · 7 comments

Some years we wake up to a brisk, chilly Christmas and other years we’re in tank tops with flip flops. This Christmas is on the warm and humid side, and I love it! It would be nice to have fluffy white snow for Christmas. It would definitely feel more nostalgic and cozy, but by now I’m used to warm holidays. The boys on the other hand would give their right arm for snow this weekend. It’s not visions of Sugar Plums Fairies dancing around their heads. Rather they have visions of delicate snow flakes and cups of hot cocoa floating behind them while they’re playing outside.

Unfortunately 74 degree weather doesn’t quite set the mood for warm steaming mugs of hot cocoa, swirling with little marshmallows and a peppermint stick. That’s why last night, while the monkeys were snug in their beds dreaming of Nordic adventures, I took pity on them. I pulled out our handy dandy ice cream bowl and whipped up a cool, smooth version of hot coco that they could enjoy even amidst the hottest of Christmas heat waves.

I tossed together some rich bitter sweet chocolate, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. Then while the chocolate custard was slowly mixing in the bowl I loaded it with white chocolate peppermint chips (well more like chunks) and mini marshmallows. Voila! All the yummy flavors of warm hot cocoa in one cool bite. You can practically feel the air crystallize from the peppermint on your breath.

Not that I would know how this luscious mug of ice cream tastes, seeing as how I made this for the boys. I didn’t sneak a little bite, nope not at all.

I hope that you guys are having fun getting ready for Christmas Eve with your families, whether you’re kicking around in flip flops with ice cream or snuggled up by the fire with some hot cocoa. We certainly are :D I’m off to sit on the porch with boys and sneak a few more bites of ice cream.

Love & Hugs,

Shari-Tickled Red




{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Oh how I want to grab that spoon and dig in!


MyMansBelly December 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

That looks like the perfect Christmas dessert for a So Cal Christmas!


Sheila December 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

3 words. OH MY HEAVENS!


Jamie December 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Oh Shari, this spoke to me every which way! I have been praying every single day for snow – the Florida girl in me still experiences snow with awe, wonder and childlike joy! And hot cocoa ice cream with marshmallows? OMG YES PLEASE!! Even better than hot cocoa in any weather! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! xo


foodwanderings December 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This looks absolutely scrumptious way to welcome 2012. Happy New Year Red. Wishing you always the best. Love your sunshine personality.


Asmita January 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Absolutely delicious!!!


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