These frozen whipped cream cubes make hot chocolate a fun experience and add a little minty flavor to your cup as well! This recipe can be a healthier alternative to adding marshmallows to your hot chocolate, especially if you follow the substitutions to make this a healthy non-dairy topping!
[recipe title=”Peppermint Whipped Cream Cubes” time=”5–10 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
- 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream (or coconut cream)
- 2 Tbsp. (17 g) powdered sugar or 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup
- 2–3 drops peppermint essential oil
- Using an electric mixer, whisk together the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and peppermint essential oil until it thickens and forms stiff peaks.
- Cover a dish with parchment paper, and spread the whipped cream on the parchment paper. You’ll want it at least 1/2″ (1 1/4 cm) thick.
- Freeze the cream until solid (about an hour).
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the cream, and place them in hot chocolate.
- A chocolate stirring spoon makes the drink more decadent. You can even add a drop of peppermint to the chocolate before pouring into the spoon mold for a little extra mintiness!
- Forget freezing and just use it as cream. It’s delicious either way!
- Make “ice cream sandwiches” by placing this cream in between your favorite cookies.
Next time you need to plan an essential oil event, consider holding a hot chocolate social! This is a great idea for a team meeting or for a class to introduce new clients to essential oils.
Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy cane, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, and cassia essential oil all make great additions to hot chocolate. Instruct guests to just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish the toothpick around in their hot chocolate.
Once everyone has helped themselves to hot chocolate and is sitting comfortably, this is a great time to share information about essential oils. You could focus on the health benefits of the oils you offered as hot chocolate mix-ins, provide basic introductory information about essential oils, discuss essential oils for winter wellness, or talk about cooking with essential oils.
Make sure that everyone is comfortable, enjoys some delicious hot chocolate, and has a really fun and positive experience! Be sure to send information about essential oils home with your guests so that they can continue to learn more about essential oils. It’s also really great if you can send your guests home with a sample of essential oil to try out for themselves.
If you’d like to make your own hot chocolate, here is a fun recipe:
[recipe title=”Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Essential Oil” servings=”2″ time=”10 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (shake before opening)
- 1 1/2 cups milk (almond or rice milk work too)
- 1–2 drops peppermint essential oil
- In a saucepan, mix together the cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.
- Add coconut milk, and heat until combined.
- Slowly add milk while continuing to stir. Keep stirring until little bubbles start to form on the surface.
- Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Stir in a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.
- Pour into mugs, and serve. Warning: It will be hot, so allow the hot chocolate to cool to a reasonable temperature before drinking.
- Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips, or ground peppermint candy.
There’s nothing quite like a warm glass of apple cider on a crisp fall day! This delicious recipe is so easy to make, and your whole house will smell amazing while it cooks.