Lavender Hot Chocolate

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Ok…I know. I should probably calm down with the lavender and the hot chocolate. I believe this is my third post about each of them. But these are two of my favorite things, and once I had the thought of combining them this morning, there was no turning back.

Also, I’m beginning to hear more birdsong in the morning these days, and spring is just around the corner. I thought it would be fun to post about one last comforting beverage before the winter ends.

And speaking of comforting, this hot chocolate really meets that criteria. The aroma of lavender is well known to have soothing and calming effects. When it is combined with chocolate and warmth, it becomes the perfect beverage to have at the end of a long day, or on a relaxing weekend afternoon.

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I used semisweet chocolate chips, but if you prefer a smoother texture or different chocolate flavor you can substitute ingredients from any hot chocolate recipe. I also used jumbo marshmallows and toasted them over the gas stovetop, but this is up to you as well!

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I used a tablespoon of lavender, which was a little strong. Feel free to decrease or increase based on how much you like the flavor – 1-2 teaspoons is a good range. Enjoy!

By the way, voting is still going on for the Girl Scout cookie contest (it will end Friday). If you want to vote for my lemon lavender bars just follow this link: https://www.girlscoutsww.org/Pages/Recipe-Contest.aspx. Thanks so much!

Lavender Hot Chocolate

Adapted from Pioneer Woman and à la mode

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Splash of vanilla extract
1-2 tsp dried lavender buds
Jumbo marshmallows, if desired

Directions
Heat milk, half and half, and dried lavender in small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and let the lavender steep for about five minutes. Strain the lavender out of the milk, and return to the saucepan. Warm the milk again and add chocolate chips. Stir until melted.

Toast marshmallows using a skewer over the gas flame from your stove (if available).

Pour hot chocolate into cups, garnish with marshmallow, and enjoy!

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