Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa

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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

It is definitely cold and chilly in the Pacific Northwest where I live. I don’t usually get chilled just from cold temperatures. Its the rain plus the cold that shiver me to my core. When its cold and stormy outside, sometimes the one thing that sounds the best is a hot drink. Add a splash of booze and not only do you have a hot delicious drink, you have a hot delicious drink with just the right amount of wow to really make you smile.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

When I was a kid, the only hot chocolate I knew was the powdered pouch where you just add water. Heck – I used to eat that stuff dry! Now, the taste of instant hot chocolate is pretty awful. Now I definitely feel its worth it to invest a few extra minutes and some higher quality ingredients to have a rich homemade cup of hot chocolate. I’m happy to say it tastes nothing like the instant kind and probably packs a lot more calories and fat – so worth it, my friends.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Homemade rich hot cocoa will put a smile on anyone’s face, but adding that splash (or in my case hefty pour) of coconut rum, and all things become right in the world. Ever eat a Mounds or Almond Joy candy bar?  It tastes like that, only better. When I drank this hot chocolate, I didn’t taste any booze. I only tasted chocolate coconut heaven. If you haven’t tried making your own homemade hot cocoa or adding coconut rum to your drink, you now have something new to try tonight!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

If you love all things chocolate and naughty, you’ll definitely love one of my most popular recipes – Five Minute Fudge:

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And if you love hot chocolate, you should give my Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Hot Chocolate a try:

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Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa
 
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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1-2 ounces coconut rum
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and half-and-half until milk is almost to the boiling point. When milk starts to coat the bottom of the pan, you'll know its done.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate and rum. Stir until fully melted.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Irish Coffee Royale

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If you’re looking for coffee with a kick, start your day with this hot IRISH COFFEE ROYALE made with brandy and Irish cream!

If you're looking for coffee with a kick, start your day with this hot IRISH COFFEE ROYALE made with brandy and Irish cream!

I drink coffee every single day. Its a little habit I picked up back in high school. On occasion, I like to enjoy a little booze in the morning. I can’t help that my favorite adult beverage is a spicy bloody mary! But, when I’m not in the mood for a spicy and savory drink, I love to add a little kick to my coffee.

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Easy Peppermint Mocha

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Don’t waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love this time of year. Without the holidays, it would be dreadfully difficult to get through a dark and rainy Portland winter. Everything I love about the holidays – the lights, the gifts, the homemade treats, the hot comforting drinks – it all gets me through each day with a warm smile on my face.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love holiday themed coffee drinks. I look forward to them every year. What I don’t enjoy is paying over five bucks for a single drink. That’s why I was so excited when I found this International Delight Peppermint Mocha when I was shopping last week at Target! Being able to make my favorite drink at home just encourages me to slow down and enjoy the magical moments, whether I’m curled up by the fire with my loved ones or entertaining all of my favorite friends. And that’s really what the holidays are all about.  

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This coffee drink is really easy to make. I used one of those instant coffee packs, but instead of putting in the full 8 ounces of water that the instructions called for, I only used 4 ounces. Then, I steamed and frothed up some chocolate milk. Already sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s a plain mocha right there. what I did was elevate the drink to holiday status by adding some of the Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. YUM.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Top that with some whipped cream because, well, it wouldn’t be a holiday drink without some whipped cream, right?

If you want extra savings on a drink like this, you can download and use Cartwheel and the 5% off coupon on International Delight Coffee Creamer, Silk Coffee Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer from 12/1/15 – 12/24/2015. Target’s Cartwheel app allows you to search for offers, scan products for coupons, and save them all to your own personal savings barcode to be scanned at checkout. Use Cartwheel to build your shopping list so you don’t forget anything, making life just a little bit easier this holiday season.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Easy Peppermint Mocha
 
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Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 individual pack of finely ground instant coffee
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • 4 ounces chocolate milk
  • 1 tablespoon International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a large cup, mix instant coffee and boiling water. Heat chocolate milk on stove top or in microwave and then whisk to froth, or if you have a frother heat the milk in there. Add to the coffee mixture.
  2. Stir in the Peppermint Mocha Creamer.
  3. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Baby Back Ribs with BOOM Sauce

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Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Baby Back Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick and easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Baby Back Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Babyback Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

Oh, how I love summer grilling. Let me count the ways. One of my most favorite things in the world to grill up on the BBQ on a beautiful summer day is a nice rack of baby back ribs. Want to know a fun little fact?  I never used to like anything spicy until I got pregnant with my first child. I don’t know what happened to my brain during that pregnancy, but from the time I started growing that first baby in my belly, this non-vinegar non-spicy tolerant chick started craving all things pickled and extra hot. My husband loves all things spicy too, so I wanted to cook up something extra special for Father’s Day yesterday. I decided to cook up a slab of ribs but I wanted a sauce that was not only easy to make (its summertime after all) but would be different from any other sauce I’ve made. I used the black label El Yucateco sauce that is created from fire roasted habanero. This one totally peaked my interest simply because of the color. The smokey flavor of this sauce brings depth, habanero flavor and the perfect amount of heat to any dish without adding an overpowering smoke taste. Before I started making my BOOM sauce, I poured a drop on my finger and tasted it. Oh, it burned so good. The kind of burn that covers your entire tongue and makes you say “now that’s some good heat”.

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Babyback Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

In the recipe I tell you to use 2 tablespoons to make boom sauce or 3 tablespoons to make BOOM sauce.  Just start with two for what I call the perfect heat and work your way up to push the boundaries of your taste bud tolerance.

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Babyback Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

I love cooking with dry rubs because it creates a nice little crust on the outside of the meat that locks in all the flavor and juices. I tend to use my favorite go to rub anytime I grill, but i was really pressed on time yesterday and simplified it a bit by only using a few spices. Plus, I knew the sauce would be the ultimate flavor boost to the ribs and I only wanted the dry rub to keep the ribs moist during the cooking, not to add all the flavor.

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Babyback Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

The magic happens during the last 15 minutes of the grilling process when you add the BOOM sauce. Perfection.

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Babyback Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

The end result were deliciously grilled ribs with an easy to make sauce that had the most unique and interesting spicy kick. Just be sure to serve these up along side some wet paper towels because you’re gonna get messy in the best possible way.

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Babyback Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!

Baby Back Ribs with Boom Sauce
 
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
ribs:
  • 3 pound rack of baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
BOOM sauce:
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 14 ounces ketchup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons Black Label Reserve El Yucateco Habanero Sauce (or any other hot sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. Remove membrane from the back of the ribs by lifting the end with a dry butter knife, then gripping it with a paper towel and lifting (my ribs already had the membrane removed). Rinse ribs with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In small bowl, mix together cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Coat all surfaces of ribs with rub. Place on grill, cover with lid, and cook fully covered for 2-3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the BOOM sauce, saute onions and garlic in olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat until fragrant and golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir to combine. If you want boom sauce (perfect amount of heat that you can feel on the entire surface of your tongue), use 2 tablespoons of El Yucatero. If you want BOOM sauce [notice BOOM in all caps] with a heat that will make you sweat and have you coming back for more, bump it up to 3 tablespoons of El Yucatero. You'll get a total of 2 cups of sauce.
  4. Once the meat has pulled back from the bones, cover with a healthy amount of BOOM sauce and continue to cook, covered, for the last 15 minutes of your grilling time to really get the sauce to stick. Remove ribs from grill, slice, and serve with additional BOOM sauce, lots of paper towels, and a big glass of ice water!

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