According to my calendar the first official day of Spring was yesterday but our temperatures here in Ohio have been decidedly chilly. As in I had to turn the heat back on in the house chilly. And since our thermostat rests between 65 (day) and 60 (night) degrees during the Winter, you can trust me when I say it’s been a cold start to Spring. That’s the inspiration for my Lavender Hot Chocolate today!
I started thinking about PEEPS floating in a luxurious and creamy bath of hot chocolate. Purple was the first color that popped into my mind. So I searched recipes for lavender hot chocolate and it is in fact a “thing”. Lavender is very floral, obviously, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d actually like it paired with hot chocolate. But it’s a surprisingly nice combination. Spring-like in fact. For when your Spring starts off cold, like mine!
When I went to purchase my fresh lavender buds I started babbling about how I was going to blog about Lavender Hot Chocolate and float a purple PEEP in it and the lady behind the spice counter looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I am. But aren’t we all? I always say the trick to finding lasting friendships is to find the people that have similar or at least complimentary types of “crazy” to your own. So if you are my “type” then you’ll want to try this hot chocolate for yourself. I hope you like it!
- 2 c. whole milk
- 1/4 t. lavender buds
- 4 oz. premium chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet)
- whipped cream
- In a microwave safe measuring cup, mix together the milk and lavender buds. Microwave on high for 3 - 4 minutes until milk is very hot.
- Chop the chocolate and add to a small sauce pan. Strain the milk (to remove the lavender) and pour over the chocolate. Stir the milk and chocolate together over medium heat until the chocolate has completely dissolved.
- Pour the hot chocolate into two mugs. Top each with whipped cream and a PEEP marshmallow.