Get your hands ready, because you are going to want to wrap them around a cup of this gloriousness, post haste! Get out a pair of matching flannel pyjamas, or a onesie. Turn on the heating, or if you’re with me in Australia, the air conditioner.
Set out a platter of cookies (and get psyched for COOKIE WEEK…coming soon!), and snuggle in for a stupid, cheesy Christmas movie, whether that be Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, or my personal favourite, Die Hard.
What I’m saying is you need to get all of that stuff ready, because as soon as this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate is done, you’re not going to be able to do anything other than sip it and savour it and wallow in it’s deliciousness.
I worked long and hard (oh so hard) on getting the formula for this baby just right. It’s perfectly balanced – nutty, salty, rich, creamy – everything I want my hot chocolate to be and more. It’s got a beautifully lush, creamy texture, because it’s slightly thickened with cornstarch, and the beauty of that is that you can easily swap out the whole milk I’ve used for skim, or almond or soy milk and still have a gorgeous drink.
To take the sweet-salty combo to the next level, I really can’t recommend enough that you eat this with a big bowl o’ pretzels. In between sips of decadent, dreamy, oh so chocolaty chocolate, crunch on a salty-bitter pretzel, dip it into the top of your cup and keep going.
And then sit back and watch Bruce Willis slowly take down a bunch of terrorists/master criminals at Nakatomi Towers. Will he make it? Will they find out about his relationship with Holly Gennero? Is Alan Rickman/Hans Gruber/Severus Snape the greatest bad-guy actor of all time?
SPOILER ALERT: the answer to all of the above questions is yes. And yes is also the answer to the question of whether or not you should make this hot chocolate. An unequivocal, joyous yes.
In case you were wondering my other favourite Christmas movies are You’ve Got Mail, because it’s just a great movie and anyone who disagrees is a grinch, and The Santa Clause, same reason. I also watch Wayne’s World every year, but that’s a personal tradition that I understand most people don’t share. What’s your goofy Christmas movie of choice?
- 2 cups (500ml) milk
- 2 tsp cornstarch (cornflour)
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 oz (50g) milk chocolate
- 1 oz (25g) dark chocolate
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter (I used Kraft brand)
- sweetened whipped cream & pretzels, to serve
- Take a tablespoon of the milk, and mix it together with the cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Place the remaining ingredients into a medium saucepan over a low heat.
- Heat the mixture slowly, whisking gently, but constantly until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and the mixture is steaming - don't let it boil.
- Whisk in the cornstarch and continue to heat until the mixture thickens slightly.
- Pour the hot chocolate into two glasses and top with sweetened whipped cream and a crunchy pretzel. Serve!