There is nothing better than keeping warm and cozy with a mug of peppermint hot chocolate.
Why you'll love it
This is a thick, velvety drink with the wintry kiss of peppermint throughout. It gives you a delicious balance of chocolate and mint for an utterly delightful mug of hot cocoa.
It celebrates one of the best winter flavor combinations while keeping you cozy and warm.
The best part is that it is so easy to make and only takes a few ingredients to put together.
- Chocolate - I recommend using semisweet chocolate for this drink. Milk chocolate can be too sweet, while dark chocolate can taste too bitter. Semisweet gives you a nice balance that works well to complement the peppermint.
- Sugar - You can use granulated or brown sugar in this recipe. I tend to reach for brown sugar.
- Cornstarch - This is my secret ingredient for super thick and luscious hot cocoa. You can omit it if you want.
- Peppermint - This is a very important ingredient for this hot chocolate, and there are many great ways to incorporate it. My original recipe calls for peppermint filled chocolate chips which gives the beverage the perfect balance of mint and chocolate flavor, but it can be difficult to find. My next recommendation is to use a high quality peppermint extract. It is important to make sure you are using the best quality extract you can find..
- Milk - Any kind of dairy works well, but I am a fan of using a higher fat milk like heavy cream or whole milk.
How to make
Making this hot chocolate recipe is pretty fast and simple to do. It is ready to drink in just a few short minutes
- Mix dry ingredients together in your saucepan.
- Add in some of the milk and stir.
- Add in the rest of the milk and heat.
- Pour in the chocolate and vanilla (and the peppermint extract, if using).
- Stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Enjoy hot!
How to top your hot cocoa
There are so many ways to finish off your hot chocolate—I always recommend people let their imaginations go wild!
For the rim, I wanted something like peppermint bark. I brushed melted semi-sweet chocolate on the rim, followed by white chocolate. I then sprinkled on a dusting of peppermint. Be warned that if you try to do this at home, you need a mug that keeps insulated well, otherwise the chocolate will just end up melting all down the side of your mug and be a huge mess!
My favorite toppings for peppermint hot chocolate also include:
- Whipped cream
- Toasted marshmallows
- Peppermint sticks or crushed peppermint
- Marshmallow fluff with more NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE Peppermint morsels
- A dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon
You can also try adding other things to your hot chocolate like coffee for a peppermint mocha hot chocolate or replace the peppermint extract with peppermint schnapps to make it an adult hot chocolate!
Batch making for a crowd
You can easily multiply the recipe as needed to serve a crowd! Follow the recipe, multiplying the recipe by the number of people you plan on serving. The only change you should make is the amount of peppermint extract.
Peppermint extract can be very potent, so I recommend adding it at the very end and tasting as you add so you don't end up with a mug of peppermint hot chocolate that is overwhelming.
I love adding a candy cane as a garnish as well as topping it with whipped cream.
Yes! For ease, I recommend making at least 5 servings at once in the slow cooker. Make sure the sugar, corn starch, and cocoa powder dissolve in the milk before adding everything else. Stir the mixture occasionally until the chocolate you add in melts fully.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch optional
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 ½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate or Tollhouse peppermint baking truffles
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract more or less depending on strength
- Mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan.
- Add in a few tablespoons of the milk to the dry ingredients until it forms a smooth paste.
- Put the saucepan over heat and slowly add in the rest of the milk, stirring constantly.
- Allow the mixture to heat until it is almost boiling.
- Turn off the heat and add the chocolate. Allow it to sit for a minute or two, then stir until the chocolate is fully melted and stir well.
- Stir in the vanilla and the peppermint.