Foodie Nation: Mocktails Instead of Cocktails Create Warm Weather Wonders


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Combinations of candy canes, eggnog and chocolate are sure to make sweet-toothers swoon this holiday season.

‘Tis the season for everyone’s favorite flavors to emerge from hiding. The glorious red cup from Starbucks begins to, yet again, start trending. Who doesn’t love the feeling of holding a warm cup of deliciousness?

However, drinks can be expensive. So I started to think about how much it would cost me to make my own holiday drinks at a cheaper price. Either from scratch or from the box, it is fun to make your own holiday drinks!

Pinterest remains champion as a “go-to” for trying to create a copy of something. But this time around I decided to do my own thing, and create something through trial and error, and it was fun! Definitely more bad than good, but it was worth it because I have created my own delicious concoction!

The Shaken Not Stirred Caramel Eggnog

Eggnog; Some love it and others hate it.

One of my favorite drinks from Starbucks is a caramel macchiato, and it helped to inspire this beauty. I chose to use just basic eggnog, caramel syrup, sea salt, and, of course, whipped cream! I only used Kroger brand products this time around because of trial and error; mistakes can get pricey.

Keep quantities small at first, to make sure you like it!

Blend together two cups of eggnog, two pinches of sea salt, four squirts of syrup, and blend until thick. Once in a glass, if you want, top with some fluffy whipped cream and some more syrup, if you’re a caramel junkie like me.

The Mrs. Clause

I would like to dedicate this drink to all my fellow sweet-toothers!

This is not your watered-down same-old hot chocolate. Instead of the usual dark chocolate, I used white chocolate for a rich flavor.

Making hot chocolate in a sauce pan is practically unheard of, but it always tastes the best.

Over medium heat, add one cup of milk and three tablespoons of crushed candy canes. If you own a smaller pan, that will be better, but big pans are okay; the candy tends to dissolve slower in a larger pan. The key is to melt the candy cane.

Once the candy pieces are all dissolved, add the half-cup of white chocolate chips into the milk until melted.

If you are feeling festive, feel free to add a single drop of red food coloring to your hot chocolate and see how it turns a white chocolate drink into a red Christmas-ready drink!

If you’re feeling like a barista add on some of that delicious whipped cream and maybe even some crushed candy cane.

Creamy Peppermint

Again with the eggnog! It has become a new favorite of mine.

Combine the two popular holiday flavors of peppermint and eggnog, and you’ll get what I call the delicious Creamy Peppermint.

To the blender again for this one!

Mix together two cups of eggnog with six cups of some mouthwatering Blue Bell peppermint ice cream.

The trick to this drink is filling your glass about half-way and then adding sprite or club soda to fill the rest of your glass.

I personally love topping everything with peppermint chips, so why not? Add some chips of peppermint to the bottom of the glass and the top.

Branch out this season and try something new. Make a drink you have never heard of, maybe even one from scratch. Enjoy this season with family and friends, and try not to get caught up in the fuss.

It has been my pleasure to adventure to new foodie places with you! Never forget your foodie self! Happy Foodie Days!