Candy Cane Cocoa

By Erika on December 10th, 2018 / / 3 Comments

Candy Cane Cocoa | The Hopeless Housewife

I just love this simple, creamy chocolate peppermint heaven of a drink. Candy Cane Cocoa is SO perfect for a freezing cold day like today and it’s ready in minutes. Cozy up to a fire with one!


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Candy Cane Cocoa


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate (4 squares), chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • whipping cream
  • 2 candy canes, crushed


  1. Bring milk, half & half and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat in a heavy saucepan. Immediately turn off heat and stir in chocolate and peppermint extract until blended and all chocolate has melted. Pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Chive Egg “Nests”

By Erika on March 5th, 2016 / / No Comments

These little potato “nests” are so cute and great for a brunch table. The trick is to completely rinse the starch out of the potatoes and dry them well so they aren’t sticky. Make a veggie scramble if you want and put inside the nest if you want to change it up a bit- either way, the crispy potatoes are a great compliment to the soft scrambled eggs.


Butter Mint Chocolate Push Pops

By Erika on March 13th, 2014 / / 1 Comment


Butter Mint Chocolate Push pops are so fun and kids just LOVE them! I used my favorite brownie recipe and made a wonderful butter mint cream filling…the flavor is spot-on with the yummy butter mints you snake a big handful of when leaving a restaurant.


Whoppers Malted Hot Chocolate

By on December 18th, 2013 / / 7 Comments

Malted Hot Chocolate | The Hopeless Housewife

I can almost eat a whole milk carton sized box of Whoppers in a sitting..I know- HORRIBLE for me but I love them so much!  Sit me in front of a movie with popcorn and Whoppers and watch out!

Knowing my love for this delicious specimen of a candy, is it any surprise I made a Whoppers Malted Hot Chocolate? Seriously, this is like drinking a Whopper, yikers! I used to put malt powder in milk when I was a kid and I LOVE that flavor, it works so well in this hot chocolate.  And, come on… this cold weather is screaming for a drink like this, so indulge.


Candy Cane Chocolate Truffle Meringues

By Erika on December 13th, 2013 / / 4 Comments


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Well, at this point it’s obvious I love candy canes. Funny, I don’t love to sit around eating a whole candy cane but I love crushed candy canes mixed in things and sprinkled on things…they are crunchy and like eating a little piece of winter, I love it! These Candy Cane Chocolate Truffle Meringues are also like eating a little piece of winter…on a cloud!! They look hard to make but really- they are quite simple. Just a few ingredients but there is a little bit of baking and waiting time so plan accordingly. These WILL impress at your Christmas function or holiday party so they’re worth it!


Prosciutto “Sushi” Rolls with Melon and Brie

By Erika on September 18th, 2013 / / 7 Comments

Prosciutto, Brie and Melon Sushi Rolls The Hopeless Housewife 2

These Prosciutto “Sushi” Rolls with Melon and Brie make me smile just looking at them. I Love a good prosciutto and melon…then mix in some creamy brie and roll it up to look like sushi? Totes up my alley!!!


Bunny Tail Cotton Candy Lemonade

By Erika on February 20th, 2013 / / No Comments

These Bunny Tail Cotton Candy Lemonade drinks make me smile from ear to ear! The “bunny tail” cotton candy sits atop pink lemonade and I found a way to pull this off without it dissolving into the water, which is key to serving this at a party.


Pistachio Cream Whoopie Pies

By Erika on December 27th, 2012 / / 4 Comments

Oh how I love little desserts that remind me of my childhood. These beautiful little whoopee pies definitely take me back and are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! The pistachios give them a nice nutty flavor and take the edge off the sweetness, what a great combination!


Ham and Asparagus Strata

By Erika on December 27th, 2012 / / No Comments

This gorgeous Ham and Asparagus Strata is so wonderful for brunch and is so simple to make! A strata is basically a layered casserole- this one includes layers of bread, ham, eggs, asparagus and while cheddar, delicious!


Lemon and Orange Glazed Petits Fours

By Erika on November 4th, 2012 / / 4 Comments