Peppermint hot chocolate is the perfect drink for cold days! I love the sweet and creamy white chocolate with a hint of peppermint and the melty crunchy candy cane pieces mixed in. Don’t forget to add whipped cream, too!
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 peppermint hot chocolate in the summer months as well—it’s one of those rare treats that work all year long.
This hot chocolate recipe is far above any hot chocolate 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 it is and how delicious!
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!
Hot White Chocolate
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 tasty peppermint hot chocolate recipe.
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.
Secondly, this peppermint hot chocolate calls for crushed candy canes. During certain months, it’s very easy to find candy canes, but other times of the year it’s pretty much impossible. If you can’t get your hands on peppermint candy canes, simply reach for a hard peppermint candy, like the Starlight peppermints.
Whichever mint candy you choose for this peppermint hot chocolate, make sure to crush it. This is easily done with a mortar and pestle, or a food hammer. It’s worth the extra effort—those melty, crunchy candy pieces mixed in makes the whole thing extra decadent.
Other Hot Chocolate Recipes to Try:
- 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.