Chocolate and mint are a classic combination and with good reason. The warmth of the chocolate and the freshness of peppermint are a perfect play of hot and cold. While we are (not ashamed to admit to) eagerly awaiting the arrival of PSL season each year, Peppermint Mocha season comes in a close second. And now that I think about it - the fact that we drink Snugglers year round may mean they actually have the edge over their squashy cousin.
Not just for the holidays, Snugglers are a great addition to a cool night's camping trip, a beach bonfire, a trip to the cut-your-own tree lot, or any other time you want to keep your insides feeling toasty. They don't quite provide the home infusing aroma that you get from sticking your nose in the mug but never fear - pick up some Cozy Sweater wax melts and you'll feel like you just walked into the best, most peppermint mocha-y coffeehouse in town.
Why don't we just call them Snuggler wax melts? We made them for a dear friend when she was visiting and she later couldn't recall what they were called. She referred to them as "cozy sweaters or something?" which was too adorable to leave so we will call them Cozy Sweaters forevermore.
Snugglers (ahem - Cozy Sweaters) - makes six, 6 oz servings
- 1 quart milk (skim, 2 percent or whole) or half-and-half (give it a whirl with your non-dairy milks as well!)
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (we like Scharffenberger or Ghirardelli)
- 9 ounces peppermint schnapps (or peppermint syrup to taste if you're snuggling with kiddos)
- 6 candy canes (or peppermint sticks)
Bring your milk to a simmer over medium low, taking care not to scald it by allowing it to come to a full boil.
Add in the chocolate and cinnamon and stir until melted. Increase heat to medium and give it a good whisking for a couple of minutes to ensure everything is fully incorporated.
Stir in your peppermint schnapps/syrup. From here you can pour it into a thermos to take along on whatever adventure awaits, or you can portion it out into mugs, and top with whipped cream and candy canes. Festive sprinkles probably wouldn't go amiss, but you can also do some small chocolate shavings and another light dust of cinnamon if you're feeling bougie.
And if you're not feeling bougie, let's be real - you can use whatever your favorite packet of hot chocolate is and once you've made it according to your preferred method, add 1.5 oz of schnapps, syrup, or even just stir it with the candy cane which will impart a really soft peppermint flavor as it melts.
Final option (promise) - a shot of espresso or two will turn this into the coffeehouse classic you're probably craving by now.