Kitchen Accomplice

A Holiday Tradition

You have the platter of cookies. 

Ideas for a morning brunch are already developed.

But is there something missing?

I think back to holidays in front of our fireplace when there were games and a lot of conversation about what we had done during the year, much of it apocryphal — no one was fooled.  One thing was certain, the cookies conquered.  And that was aided by caldron of the very best steaming hot chocolate envisioned by man or woman – this hot chocolate was not made of the powder we often see, but instead was made of stuff we only need to have once a year.  After all, it’s the holiday season.

This hot chocolate is made in a slow cooker and can be kept hot—  and can be ladled out as desired.  A bowl of sweetened whipped cream is nearby to be spooned on the each cup of hot chocolate as served.   Candy cane stirrers add to the flavor and the indelible memories you are creating.  There will be visions of sugar plums dancing tonight!

Now if the adults desire to have a soupcon of Amoretto to swish in the cup before adding the whipped cream, it’s OK.  Have that available in a discreet pitcher and labeled if your gathering is more than a few persons.

Guard this recipe. You’ll come back to it, I assure you.

Holiday Hot Chocolate


2 cups whipping cream

6 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

12 ounces bagged chocolate kisses — a variety works well – white chocolate, dark chocolate,  candy cane kisses

Whipped cream, sweetened with a touch of vanilla

Candy canes

Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes, as desired.


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