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A hot Peppermint Patty is typically an “adult beverage” made with hot chocolate, peppermint schnapps, and crème de menthe. It is the perfect winter and holiday drink—unless you happen to be the designated driver or saving those calories for the holiday party dessert buffet and Aunt Rachel’s potato latkes.
In honor of December 16, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, here is the perfect recipe—the Low-Calorie, Non-Alcoholic, Utterly Decadent, and Dangerously Delicious Hot Peppermint Patty that the designated driver, the dieter (or calorie barterer), and even the kids can fully enjoy.
• Instant low-calorie, sugar-free hot cocoa mix
• Peppermint Altoids
- Select one of the sugar-free instant hot cocoa mixes with 20-30 calories per serving. Try Nestlé Fat Free with 20 calories per 6-oz serving. With calorie bargains like this and the slightly chintzy serving size of 6 ounces, you can double up the recipe without guilt. (Swiss Miss Diet Hot Chocolate Mix at 25 calories per serving isn’t bad, but tends to clump when mixed.)
- Get your favorite mug, and measure the appropriate amount of cocoa mix (based on directions on the container—typically 2 tablespoons or 1 packet per 6 ounces of beverage) into the mug.
- Pitch 2-3 Peppermint Altoids into the mug with the cocoa mix.
- Pour hot water into the mug, leaving about an inch of space at the top. Stir the entire contents until the Altoids are melted.
- You can use any Reddi-Wip, but the fat-free, 5-calorie-per-serving version is your best calorie buy and tastes great. Get your Reddi-Wip trigger finger poised over the nozzle. Now shoot a couple pffffts of Reddi-Wip into the mug to top your cocoa and Altoids elixir.
- Savor and enjoy this delicious concoction as you ponder the fact that winter has just gotten a lot better.
Celebrate with the Low-Calorie, Non-Alcoholic, Utterly Decadent, and Dangerously Delicious Hot Peppermint Patty through National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, the holidays, and beyond.
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