Gingerbread + hot chocolate. This combination pretty much sums up my childhood home during the Christmas holiday season. My grandmother made tons of fresh gingerbread to sell and my mother pretty much kept homemade hot chocolate steaming away on the stove.

Snowman soup is what she called it!

We were only allowed to have one cup of hot chocolate after school but had I known what I know now, I probably could have negotiated another mug. I mean hey, it’s made with whole milk, which has only three ingredients by the way (milk, vitamin D, and vitamin A).

Not to mention, milk delivers 9 essential nutrients to children (6 for adults). That surely would have convinced her. Now that things have shifted from the pumpkin spice frenzy and into the peppermint, gingerbread, and eggnog stage, I’ve got an awesome hot chocolate recipe for you!

Gingerbread white hot chocolate!

Now, this may seem like an odd pairing, especially if you’re not a huge gingerbread fan like myself, but it totally works and it’s delicious!

Real molasses paired with those warm spices, creamy milk, and sweet white chocolate creates one incredible mug of pure coziness.

It’s so easy to make and will leave your home smelling amazing!

I can never resist a food tradition, so I’ve since started making batches of homemade hot chocolate for my own kids. They look forward to seeing which flavor will be next.

I normally use whole milk and heavy cream for my homemade hot chocolate because it creates the smoothest, creamiest hot chocolate I’ve ever had!

However, for my youngest son Ethan (who is a bit sensitive to lactose) I’ve been using lactose-free milk with great success. It still creates a perfectly creamy hot chocolate and he can’t even tell the difference. Whether you choose to use whole milk, lactose-free, fat-free, or low-fat milk, just make it!

It truly is like capturing the season in a mug. Bonus warm & fuzzy points if you drink it while doing something festive like wrapping gifts, listening to Christmas music, baking cookies or driving by to look at all of the pretty decorated houses!

Happy Holidays!!

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The Recipe

Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate

By Divas Can Cook
Serves
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼-1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • generous pinch ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • generous pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat add milk, heavy whipping cream, and chocolate chips.
  2. Stir constantly until chocolate chips melt. Be careful not to boil. (reduce heat if needed)
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Taste and adjust spices if needed.
  6. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
  7. Serve steaming hot.

I created this post with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, in partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, however, the views and opinions included are my own.