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Aimee Fortney's Peppermint Mocha Lattes

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At around $4 a pop, the price of these delicious treats can quickly add up! Not only is it easier to make Peppermint Mocha lattes at home, but it is healthier, cheaper and leaves you with more time for yourself, when you aren't standing (or sitting in your car) in line! Maybe you could even make these at home for one week, and you could consider donating that amount to Second Harvest Food Bank or the Rescue Mission.

These are so easy to make at home, and you can enjoy them in the comfort of your flannel PJs - no waiting in lines, not to mention much cheaper! You can easily double this recipe, too!

For one drink:

1/2 packet hot cocoa mix (1 ounce size)

1 Tablespoon peppermint simple syrup (recipe below)

1 shot espresso

1/2 cup heated milk plus 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

homemade whipped cream

chocolate curls for topping

For Aimee's Peppermint Simple Syrup:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the water and sugar and cook until the sugar dissolves. This is your simple syrup. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon peppermint extract. Store in a mason jar and set aside.

For Aimee's Peppermint Mocha Latte:

Place 1/2 packet of hot cocoa mix in the bottom of your mug. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of peppermint simple syrup to make a paste. Add one shot of freshly brewed espresso (or 2 shots to make it a double) and then add 1/2 cup heated milk, (to which you have added 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract). Stir all together then top with homemade whipped cream and chocolate curls.

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