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During the holidays we always hang out our stockings by the fireplace. This is a tradition I didn’t do as a kid, so it was new for me when we had kids, but it was a tradition I was excited for. My husband and I did stockings a few times before we had kids, but I wouldn’t call it a tradition at that point. When he was a kid, my husband would tell me about how his mom would always place an orange in his stocking. From my understanding this is an old tradition that’s been done for many years in many homes.
I wanted to bring this holiday tradition into the kitchen somehow in something a bit more creative than just serving orange slices for lunch. I decided to add it to our favorite holiday beverage. Hot chocolate.
When my husband and I were younger and went out more frequently we would always hit up our favorite coffee shop. We’d sit in front of the fireplace and just chat for hours. One of my favorite drinks was an Orange Mocha. While I’m not putting coffee in this hot chocolate, that drink was part of the inspiration for this recipe.
First, let’s work on the topping. Marshmallows or whipped cream? For this recipe, definitely whipped cream.
Orange Whipped Cream
When I started out with this recipe I wasn’t sure how I wanted to get that delicious citrus flavor. I started with my base whipped cream ingredients. Heavy whipping cream (1 cup), sugar (2 tbsp) and vanilla (1tsp to 1 tbsp). Then I added in a half tsp of orange zest (I used dried, but I think I’d like fresh better) and some orange extract (1 tsp), which honestly didn’t add much flavor in the end which is good because I felt it might give a more artificial flavor.
To make the whipped cream, take all of the ingredients and whip them on high in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on an 8 or 10 (highest) speeds until the whipped cream starts to stiffen and hold it’s form. I like our whipped cream a bit thicker, but you may like it smoother. It’s your choice. At high speeds it will thicken quickly, so don’t leave it, keep an eye on it. If you let it go too long it will start to turn into butter, and that’s not what you want here!
Now that I had my whipped cream I needed to adjust the flavor. I remembered that I picked up a bag of clementines for the kids, so I grabbed some. First I added in the juice of a half of clementine which added quite a bit of flavor, but I wanted more, so I added the juice from the other half. Make sure you taste after each addition so you get the flavor where you want it.
There you have it. Orange Whipped Cream, it has an amazing citrus flavor that’s perfect to brighten any citrus or chocolate dessert. My plans for it were hot chocolate.
Orange Whipped Cream
(Prep Time: 5 minutes or less)
(Total Time: 10 minutes or less)
- 1 cup DairyPure Heavy Cream
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- Juice from one clementine
- Add all ingredients to a stand mixer and whip with whisk attachment at high speed until mixture thickens to whipped cream consistency.
- Use in your favorite holiday recipes.
To make the hot chocolate you can use either some store bought mix or create your own homemade hot chocolate mix, it’s your choice. Add in some water or milk. I prefer a creamier milk such as whole milk, or even adding in a shot of half and half to make it even more creamy.
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Mix up your hot chocolate with your DairyPure milk product of choice, add in a little bit of clementine juice to your hot chocolate so it has the orange flavor too, top it with the freshly made orange whipped cream, and garnish with cocoa powder and orange zest.
It’s the perfect holiday drink for the whole family!
What’s your favorite base for hot chocolate? DairyPure milk? DairyPure Half & Half? A combination of the two? Something else? Let me know your hot chocolate preferences in the comments below.