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One of the greatest holiday films ever has to be 1966’s immortal “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The sweet story of how his angry, bitter heart grew to love the holiday has inspired many people to create decorations, clothing and even treats that match the green grump’s newly found festive spirit.
But, what’s a celebratory feast without something to drink? And, what better to pour up for the holiday season than a steaming mug of Grinch Hot Chocolate?
The recipe for Grinch Hot Chocolate comes from Lisa Johnson of Cooking with Curls. Even though this hot chocolate is made from scratch, it only takes five minutes to whip up on the stovetop. So, you can make a mug whenever you feel like it with little stress.
We also love how Johnson offers two versions of this recipe: one that is appropriate for all ages and includes peppermint extract, and one for the adults that adds a splash of minty liqueur.
Grinch Hot Chocolate Ingredients
What do you need to make this warm brew with a distinctly minty winter bite? The ingredient list is so simple and includes:
- Milk (the recipe’s author uses cashew milk but any kind works)
- White chocolate
- Green food coloring
- Pure vanilla extract
- Peppermint extract (for the family-friendly recipe)
- Peppermint schnapps (for the adults-only recipe)
- Vanilla vodka (for the adults-only recipe)
- Whipped cream or whipped topping
- Green sprinkles
- Heart-shaped candies
The full recipe, which you can find at Cooking With Curls, makes two 13-ounce servings, and Johnson provides all the quantities and detailed directions to cook it up in a saucepan. If you plan to host your own Whoville Feast, you can multiply the recipe to serve your needs.
While Johnson’s recipe comes together on the stovetop, we also love this Crockpot-friendly version from Hip2Save. This version is even simpler, omitting the peppermint flavor and using just five ingredients — white chocolate chips, heavy cream, milk, vanilla extract and green food coloring — plus optional toppings of whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles. Best of all, preparing this sweet treat in the Crockpot allows you to set it and forget it!
Will you be stirring up some sweet green Grinch cocoa this holiday season?