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!
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!
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 1/4 teaspoon oil.
Other Recipes to Try:
If you love this peppermint hot chocolate recipe, try one of our other favorite holiday drinks!
- Unicorn Hot Chocolate
- Candy Bar Hot Chocolate
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Mayan Hot Chocolate
- DIY Hot Chocolate Mix
How to Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 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.
- Bring mix to desired temperature then serve in mugs and top with whipped topping and crushed candy cane pieces.