To begin, there's a certain etiquette that must be followed when drinking Santa Hot Chocolate. Then and only then, will the magic happen.
Santa has a very special mug from which he drinks this magical concoction. His body is accustom to the heavy dose of Christmas Spirit held in each mug, so he is able to drink large quantities in just one sitting. On the other hand, mere mortals such as ourselves must take the chocolaty richness in smaller doses.
The first requirement is that you must have the correct size cup and saucer. Nothing more than a 4 ounce cup and a matching saucer. will do.
Above, you'll see my youngest daughters set of sipping cups. Both of my daughters received her own set of sipping cups to carry this magical tradition onto the next generations. A time honored right of passage in our family.
Secondly, only a cinnamon stick or candy cane may be used to stir the chocolate, that's where the magic begins...
Lastly, never gulp or "shoot" the chocolate!! It can be very dangerous to someone not accustom to the REAL DEAL!! Sip the chocolate like a fine aged brandy and linger in the moment of Christmas cheer!
2 cups table cream (1/2 & 1/2)
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Dove but any good brand will suffice)
1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
2 sticks cinnamon or 1 teaspoon ground (extra for garnish)
pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a heavy sauce pan heat table cream and 1 cup whipping cream on medium heat, bring to a simmer, do not boil. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved, add the cocoa powder and whisk until mixed thoroughly, add the chocolate chips and stir until melted, add salt and 2 cinnamon sticks and simmer for 5 minutes.
Using remaining 1/2 cup heavy whip cream, blend with a hand mixer until whipped into soft peaks, add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon, vanilla and stir
Serve chocolate in sipping cups with a cinnamon or peppermint stick for stirring, add a small dollop of cinnamon cream and grate fresh cinnamon over the top...
Finally, be prepared for a magical experience!!
♥I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year♥