Christmas Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Delicious, from scratch, easy peppermint hot chocolate.
Recipe type: drink
Serves: 2-4
  • Hot chocolate:
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • just under ¼ cup of cocoa (I use Hersheys)
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups of milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp of mint extract or candycane (see instructions)
  • Whipped Cream:
  • heavy whipping cream
  • sugar (to taste)
  1. Use a whisk to combine all dry ingredients. See photos below for what I consider a dash of salt. The salt gives the cocoa a little edge.
  2. Combine dry ingredients to 4 cups of milk and bring to a low boil in a saucepan.
  3. While the hot chocolate is heating, make your fresh whipped cream. Whip the heavy whipping cream until peaks form. Add a tablespoon of sugar at a time to taste.
  4. Put a candy cane in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin or another hard surface and break apart a candy cane into tiny pieces. This will be the garnish for the top of your whipped cream.
  5. Once boiling, remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract. To get the peppermint taste you can use a SMALL amount of mint extract--OR I like to toss in a whole candy cane into the pot and let it melt. Be careful not to use too much--we don't want it tasting like tooth paste :)
  6. Serve hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, candy cane bits. For added peppermint flavor, you can hang a candy cane from the mug to use a a stirring stick.
Recipe by Little Miss Momma at