Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate

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Posted on Dec 1 2014 - 11:00am by Jill
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One of our family’s favorite holiday books and movies is the Polar Express. It is a family tradition in our household and is read and watched multiple times during the holiday season. One of our favorite parts of the story is the hot chocolate scene. Each child in the story is unique, so no matter which child you are like at heart, everyone loves hot chocolate! 

Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate

With that in mind, why not try this delicious recipe for Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate? Have some fun in the kitchen, as a family, making a delicious brew just like the children enjoyed on the Polar Express! Follow these fun directions to enjoy your own delicious cup of hot, hot, hot, HOT CHOCOLATE! We love peanut butter cups, so when I created this hot chocolate recipe years ago I was very pleased because the hot chocolate not only tastes like a peanut butter cup, but also smells like a peanut butter cup too! 


To make your own Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate you will need the following ingredients to make a batch that can split into four 8-ish ounce mugs, and the best part is that these might even already be in your cupboard, pantry, and refrigerator are well:

Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate

The first thing to do is to make sure you have enough milk. Elizabeth and Beck both wanted to make sure we had enough milk by measuring carefully. 

Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate

Then it was time to carefully mix the sugar, milk, and cocoa. Beck and Elizabeth took turns combining the ingredients carefully. Elizabeth decided to be the mixing and Beck the measuring. 

Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate

With the stove set to medium, Elizabeth carefully used her whisk to mix all the ingredients together and create our delicious Polar Express Hot Chocolate. 

Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate

After about four minutes it was time for Beck to add the peanut butter.  Then, Elizabeth continued to mix for about 2 more minutes. 

The only thing left to do was to allow it to cool and enjoy! If you want to flavor your own variety of Polar Express Hot Chocolate then it is very easy to do as well. At various points you can add sprinkles, vanilla, mint, etc. 

Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate
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  1. 4 Cups of Milk (use your favorite type)
  2. 1/4 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa (we love Hershey’s brand)
  3. 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  4. 2 Tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (we love Skippy)
  5. Dash of Salt
  6. Miniature Marshmallows
  1. To make your own delicious Homemade Polar Express Hot Chocolate, follow these fun steps. With your help, your child should be able to help make this recipe as well.
  2. Combine your milk, sugar, and cocoa in a medium sauce pan with a whisk.
  3. Heat your Polar Express Hot Chocolate over medium heat until it just boils. The total time will vary depending on the type of stove you have. We have propane, so it took us 4 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Carefully mix in the peanut butter and stir it for about another two minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and allow your homemade polar express hot chocolate to cool for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Divide your hot chocolate into your mugs, add your mini marshmallows, and enjoy!
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