Peppermint Hot Chocolate

5 from 3 votes

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate is sweet and creamy white chocolate with a hint of peppermint. It is best served with whipped cream and crushed peppermints. Don’t forget the candy cane! 

Three mugs of peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream and candy canes

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This peppermint hot chocolate feels just like drinking in the Christmas season. I don’t know about you but when you are chilled there is nothing like warming your hands with hot chocolate. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a warm cocoa in the summer months as well—it’s one of those rare treats that work all year long, not just the holiday season! This hot cocoa recipe is far above any you can make with a powdered mix. It is so rich and smooth and creamy! If you have never tried to make a hot chocolate from scratch, you’ll be surprised both at how easy and delicious homemade hot chocolate can be!

Three mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream and crushed peppermints with a candy cane heart

What Kind of Chocolate Chips Should I Use?

This peppermint hot chocolate recipe is made with white chocolate chips, rather than the classic milk chocolate. I like white chocolate the best with peppermint personally, but there’s no way to go wrong with hot chocolate. I also make this same recipe with milk chocolate chips and my other favorite – dark chocolate chips, and they all taste amazing. Whichever chocolate you prefer, you won’t be disappointed with this  recipe. You’ll get the best results if you use a nicer brand of chocolate chips like Ghirardelli or Guittard. Make sure to heat the chocolate with low heat while you are melting the chips. If you do it at high or even medium heat, the chocolate chips will burn and leave you with a scalded flavor. Like all good things, this peppermint hot chocolate is worth the wait!

How to Add Peppermint Flavor

This peppermint hot chocolate has a double dose of mint flavor to add some freshness to the sweet, creamy beverage. Firstly, the recipe has peppermint extract added to it. You can make peppermint extract at home, but I personally don’t have the patience for that so I generally just pick up a bottle of extract at the store. You can find it in the baking aisle, near the vanilla extract. If you can’t find peppermint extract, you can also use peppermint oil. Oils are more concentrated than extracts, so you only need to use a 1:4 ratio of oil to extract. So, for this recipe you would use ¼ teaspoon oil.

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How to Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate

A mug of peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream and crushed peppermints

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

5 from 3 votes
This Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink for cold winter days!  I love the sweet and creamy white chocolate with a hint of peppermint and the melty crunchy candy cane pieces mixed in. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Servings 12


For the Topping:


  • Combine the cream, milks, peppermint extract and chocolate chips in a slow cooker or over the stove on low heat. Stir occasionally until chocolate chips have dissolved.
    Milk, white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and peppermint extract in a large pot
  • Bring mix to desired temperature then serve in mugs and top with whipped topping and crushed candy cane pieces.
    Three mugs of peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream and candy canes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 10gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 469mgFiber: 1gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 371mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    I completely agree with you on the white chocolate with peppermint. This drink looks and sounds amazing.

  2. Heavenly and sinful all in one!!! My daughter’s eyes just got wide when she saw the picture. I will definitely be making this soon 🙂