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PEPPERMINT-BARK ICE CREAM FLOAT

Serves 4 to 6

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup sugar

4 oz. dark chocolate

½ tsp. kosher salt

2 cups whole milk

1 pint peppermint or peppermint-bark ice cream

1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate and salt.

2. In a medium-size saucepan on medium heat, bring milk to a near-scalding boil. Pour milk immediately over the bowl of cocoa, sugar, chocolate and salt. Allow it to sit for 1 minute. Whisk slowly to combine. Continue whisking until mixture is evenly combined and silky smooth. (If you are worried about lumps, pass it through a fine-mesh strainer.)

3. Pour hot chocolate evenly into mugs, scoop ice cream on top, and garnish with a candy cane or peppermint stick.

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