Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for the Holidays! Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa is a must-try! Giveaway Opportunity!


This holiday season, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas invites you to take a break from hectic seasonal shopping and planning to meet with friends and loved ones and warm up with cozy cocoa to create lasting memories.

Bonding over drinks is a delicious way to stay socially connected with the people you care about the most and it may ease holiday stress. Studies have shown that spending time together increases happiness and helps alleviate depression (

Here is a wonderful recipe from our friends at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas:

Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Serves 6

⅓ cup unsweetened quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
1½ cups powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract

In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. Stirring occasionally, heat to desired temperature, being careful not to let the mixture boil. Stir in pure vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts.

Before serving, top with a Vanilla Bean Marshmallow. For an extra blast of peppermint, drop a peppermint candy in the bottom of each mug before serving.

I received a sample of the Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract and it is a real baking must-have!

Visit the Nielsen-Massey website for more product information and additional recipes.

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win the Pure Chocolate Extract! To enter, visit their website and tell us in the comments below which recipe is your favorite! Deadline to enter is November 15th, 1015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly  be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Recipe/photo credit: Nielsen-Massey.




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