Peppermint Mocha Coffee

Makes 4 servings


Here’s how to recreate the Peppermint Mocha Coffee that you buy at popular coffee shops costing around $5 a cup, but you can save a lot of money and make it yourself for much less and it's every bit as tasty.


Ingredients:
2 cups half-n-half or coconut milk (canned variety)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, undutched
1/4 cup Virtue Sweetener
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


Directions:

In small saucepan over low-medium heat, combine half-n-half or coconut milk, cocoa powder, sweetener, and vanilla, stirring frequently until cocoa and sweetener dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool 10 minutes.

Stir in peppermint extract. To serve, pour 1/2 cup into coffee and stir.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator where it will keep up to one week.


A little peppermint extract goes a long way. If you find the peppermint overpowering in the quantity specified, reduce the quantity and/or dilute with additional half-n-half or coconut milk. If the peppermint extract is oil-based, pour 1/2 cup of peppermint mocha mixture into empty coffee cup, blend briefly with immersion/stick blender, then add coffee.

You can make some interesting variations for even more dimensions in flavor by adding 2 teaspoons coconut extract or a dash of ground cinnamon and a dash of ground nutmeg.

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