When I lived in downtown Toronto for two years, I regularly went to the Canadian coffee shop Second Cup. There was one attached to my building, and I spent many hours there sipping tea and writing my grad school papers. Around Christmas time, they would release their holiday menu, including a peppermint white hot chocolate. It was incredibly rich, sweet and delicious. I would actually order it half sweetened because I wouldn’t be able to finish it normally. Later, when I had to go on the low FODMAP diet, I found out I was mildly lactose intolerant. That was the end of buying Second Cup’s hot chocolate! I have missed that drink so much that I decided I had to make my own low FODMAP copy cat version. Out of all four of the hot chocolate recipes I am posting this week, I believe this one is my favourite. I hope you enjoy this Low FODMAP Peppermint White Hot Chocolate!
For me, peppermint and Christmas are forever linked. I love candy canes, and my parents always buy Mint Smoothie chocolates from Stratford… Others from southwestern Ontario know what I’m talking about! This recipe combines white chocolate, candy canes and milk to make a decadent and festive drink.
Just like the other hot chocolate recipes, you can use your preferred low FODMAP milk. If you know you are okay with lactose, you can use normal cows milk. If you use soy milk, choose one made with soy protein, not soy beans to ensure it is low FODMAP. Almond milk is another option, but I have not personally tried it yet. Coconut milk is only low FODMAP at 1/2 cup.
White chocolate is low in lactose at 15 g. If you are severely lactose intolerant, there are a few options for replacing the white chocolate. You could use a higher-fat lactose-free milk, and/or add a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
When buying candy canes, make sure they do not contain high-fructose corn syrup. I found candy canes made with sugar and glucose syrup at bulk barn.
Click here to see my homemade whipped cream recipe!
I drank this Low FODMAP Peppermint White Hot Chocolate while I decorated my Christmas tree with my family, and it was perfect.
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