Nutella Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whip Cream
Let me be 100% with you. I’m freaking exhausted as hell! Regardless of what you think my life is like as a working actor on TV, I’m here to tell you that it’s not all nannies and personal assistants. Am I grateful to work on a successful show for the last 3 years? You bet. Am I happy that they haven't killed my character? Everyday. But the realities of working as a newbie on a Daytime soap is that you have to pay your dues first. You have to prove yourself before you can step into the ring with the big dogs. At least for me that’s how it’s been. Needless to say, we aren’t rolling in the dough over here! We’re not living above our means, eating out at fancy restaurants, and nobody is making it rain. It’s one income. Two kids, a dog and modest apartment in a good school district. But it’s all just me. Would I love equal financial contributions from him? Sure. Hell, I’d settle for picking up after school and some homework help at this point. But this is my reality. This is our reality. I didn't sign up for this! I signed up for a divorce from a man who didn't hold up his end of the agreement. That’s it. Not the freaking “League of Super-Solo Single Moms Inc.” Where the training sucks by the way and the instructors never show up to teach you anything! Somehow I clicked “Solo” at the time of checkout and now nobody in customer service wants to help me. I paid extra for this package! Anybody?
The real crippling times have been in the fetal position alone in my bed. The kids tucked away for the night and the guilt of “shittiest mom in the world” voices come to take hold. Oh joy! The guilt of not quite enough on your own little missy. Leaving my kids while I’m at a job that I actually love and worked my ass off for. Or it’s barely getting one day complete at home, barely have time to do the laundry let alone read scripts and learn lines. The working single parent with no help. A league of our own. “You are blessed. Your boys are blessed. You’ll be ok”, the little voice whispers in my head.
The nights are colder now in California. Nothing compared to the east coast in December but for the first time, in a long time, I’ve turned on the heat to my apartment. The holiday spirit is upon us and this Nutella Hot Chocolate with peppermint whip cream sends a warm hug to your soul. The boys loved it and somehow the guilt of shittiest mom ever let go of my body once again. At least for a night or two….
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup nutella
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
peppermint whip cream
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tbsp crushed candy canes
Make the whip cream. Add heavy cream to mixing bowl, mix starting with low speed, then gradually increase to medium speed until the cream starts getting thicker (the gradual speed progression prevents you from spraying yourself with cream).
When the cream starts to thicken stop the mixer, add in the powdered sugar and then resume mixing again starting with low speed and increase to medium speed up to high speed.
The cream will thicken and start to peak. Stop the mixer and add in the peppermint extract. Mix on high speed until the cream is thick and stiff. Chill and reserve. Crush 1 candy cane. Set aside for garnish. Combine milk and Nutella in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking until smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract. Divide into 2 mugs. Finish with a generous dollop of the peppermint whip cream. Finish with crushed candy cane. Enjoy! xo