This Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the perfect Christmas/winter treat. This was originally posted on Cooking for Seven on December 12, 2012. Enjoy!
For some reason, I have been averse to pairing mint with chocolate my whole life. Whenever someone would order a mint mocha or mint chocolate chip ice cream I would inwardly shake my head in wonderment. Why ruin perfectly good chocolate with mint?
But I heard people raving about the peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks. Could I be wrong in my presumption? I decided to give this mint-and-chocolate thing a try.
Am I ever glad I did. The fresh, strong flavor of peppermint lightens the rich, heavy hot chocolate perfectly. Which means you can drink more of this scrumptious beverage without feeling overwhelmed by the creaminess.
- The original recipe suggests chopping your chocolate, but I just used chocolate chips and they melted perfectly.
- The OR also directs you to bring the milk/cream to a boil and add it to the chocolate. I just put it all in a pot and let it melt together. Worked wonderfully!
- The peppermint flavor that I used left little grease puddles at the top of my hot chocolate. If you’re a purist, go for a non oil-based flavoring.
- I added a few drops of the peppermint flavoring to the whipped cream just for kicks. I highly recommend it.
If you’re not ready to take the plunge for peppermint hot chocolate, why try my regular Hot Chocolate recipe? It’s pretty amazing – kind of like drinking chocolate pudding!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
chilled heavy whipping cream
+ 2 tablespoons sugar or sweetener of choice
bittersweet chocolate chips or chocolate bar
Place 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, the milk and chocolate in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the chocolate has completely melted and is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint flavor.
In a small bowl, beat the remaining 1/2 cup chilled cream with a few drops of peppermint flavor (optional) until soft peaks form.
Serve the hot chocolate with whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. Enjoy!