I'm treating myself to a sweet cup this Sunday morning. The air is crisp here, although we never get the kind of winter cold that other parts of the country get. Still, it's cold enough to warrant a big fuzzy blanket, socks on my feet (for a change), and a cuppa hot minty mocha coffee.
There are many ways to make your own Mint Mocha. If you're a creamer kind of person, you can find Coffee-Mate's Peppermint Mocha in stores now. I bought some to serve my Thanksgiving guests and it's pretty darn good. A little more mint than mocha, but that's ok.
If you're not interested in a creamer-tainted cuppa, you could just add a drop or two of peppermint extract to your coffee, and maybe a squirt or two of chocolate syrup.
But I happened to have on hand (left over from Chocolate Friday's brownie adventure) some Hershey's chocolate mint candy canes. I gotta say, these are some of the best candy canes EVER, but somebody was over-vigilant in the wrapping process. It's tough to get the cellophane off! I only managed to peel three before I got frustrated and stopped. But three was enough for my morning cuppa here.
Break the candy canes into small pieces, put them in a sandwich bag, take a hammer and start smashing.
I took it outside and hammered on the patio, as the hubs was still snoring, and I double bagged the candy canes, since I was going to really pulverize these. The dogs watched me closely through this whole process with quizzical expressions. I wish I'd had the camera handy; it was really funny to see them looking at me, at the baggie, at the hammer, back to me, cocking their heads. What were they thinking, I wonder? Heh. "Mom has finally lost it, but something in that baggie sure smells good!"
Once I had candy cane powder, I added it to a bowl with a few spoonfuls (spoonsful?) of cocoa. Stir into hot coffee and enjoy! This is definitely something I'll be serving for our Christmas brunch.
I'm going for a second cuppa!!