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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

This Peppermint Hot Cocoa recipe combines the rich flavor of chocolate with peppermint. It's topped with whipped cream and a candy cane stirring stick for a delicious holiday drink to sip by the fire.

This recipe is so simple to make and tastes better than any hot cocoa you can buy in a store.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa in glass mug topped with whipped cream.

Start a new holiday tradition with this hot cocoa. This is the perfect treat to serve while trimming the tree or watching Christmas movies. It’s so rich and delicious and has the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint.

To make this Cocoa even more festive you can dip the rim of the glass or mug in melted chocolate and then dip it in some crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa in glass mug help in front of Christmas tree.

If you love the flavor combination of chocolate and peppermint you will want to make these Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and this Chocolate Peppermint Pound Cake. And we also have this non-dairy Peppermint Hot Chocolate that is delicious.

Ingredients

See printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

  • Milk - I recommend using whole milk.
  • Heavy cream - Makes this hot cocoa extra creamy.
  • Peppermint creamer - Adds delicious peppermint flavor and creaminess to the hot chocolate.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips - I like semi-sweet chocolate chips but you can also use dark chocolate chips.
  • Peppermint extract - Use a high quality peppermint extract for best flavor.
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Toppings - Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

How To Make Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Combine the heavy cream, peppermint creamer, milk, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan.

Heat on stovetop over medium heat, stirring often. Make sure to scrap the bottom of the pan while stirring so the milk doesn't scorch. Bring it to a simmer.

Next add in the chocolate chips and whisk together until the chocolate has melted. Then add the peppermint extract and stir to combine.

Serve the hot chocolate warm and topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Add a candy cane stirring stick to each one.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate in glass mug with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

Hot Cocoa Toppings

There are so many delicious ways to top your hot cocoa. Try topping with dark chocolate syrup drizzled over whipped cream, crushed candy canes and marshmallows, shaved chocolate or sprinkles. These are all great options.

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa in glass mug topped with whipped cream.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Author: Judy - RecipesSimple.com
This Peppermint Hot Cocoa recipe combines the rich flavor of chocolate with peppermint. It's topped with whipped cream and a candy cane stirring stick for a delicious holiday drink to sip by the fire.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cups peppermint creamer
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt

Toppings

  • whipped cream
  • crushed candy canes

Instructions
 

  • Combine the heavy cream, peppermint creamer, milk, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan.
  • Heat on stovetop over medium heat, stirring often. Make sure to scrap the bottom of the pan while stirring so the milk doesn't scorch. Bring it to a simmer.
  • Next add in the chocolate chips and whisk together until the chocolate has melted. 
  • Then add the peppermint extract and stir to combine.
  • Serve the hot chocolate warm and topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Add a candy cane stirring stick to each one.
Keyword Peppermint Hot Cocoa
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