Nothing says it's Christmas time more than peppermint-inspired recipes! Peppermint candy canes...peppermint mochas...peppermint everything! Snuggled on the couch by a warm fire, sipping this peppermint hot chocolate on a cold winter night is one of the best places to be.
This easy peppermint hot chocolate is simply delicious and is an easy variation of regular hot cocoa that we know kids (and adults!) love.
It requires just one extra ingredient: peppermint whipped cream. We love curling up on the couch when it's extra cold outside, the little ones drinking hot chocolate and me and my husband with this homemade peppermint mocha latte.
I have been making peppermint hot chocolate for years. I used to crush candy canes into little pieces and dissolve those in hot chocolate. Maybe I'd add some marshmallows. It was kind of a pain to crush the candy canes, and it took some time.
This year I found this delicious pink peppermint whipped cream in Lidl. It's made making peppermint hot chocolate even easier. How did I not know peppermint whipped cream was a thing?! ⛄️
No more crushing candy canes for me! Simply squeeze peppermint whipped cream on top of regular hot chocolate and boom, A delicious peppermint hot chocolate. And it sure is pretty, too.
This easy peppermint hot chocolate recipe uses:
- hot cocoa packets
- peppermint whipped cream
- candy canes and sprinkles (optional)
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
How do you make peppermint hot chocolate at home? It's easy! And it requires 2 steps:
- Mix a packet of hot cocoa with milk and warm it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir until the cocoa dissolves.
- Top with peppermint whipped cream and sprinkles, and garnish with a candy cane.
Then serve and enjoy!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup milk
- 1 hot cocoa packet
- peppermint whipped cream
- Christmas sprinkles (optional)
- candy cane (optional)
- Mix the milk and hot cocoa. Warm in the microwave for 90 seconds.
- Stir well. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Add a candy cane as a stir stick if desired.
📖 Recipe Variations
Now that I've found peppermint whipped cream, this is my favorite way to make this recipe. But here are some other ways you can do it:
- crush about 1 tbsp of candy cane for each cup of hot chocolate, add to the hot cocoa, and stir to dissolve
- add marshmallows
- add a peppermint stir stick (although a candy cane works just as well)
- turn it into a regular hot cocoa with plain whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles
I also found peppermint whipped cream that was white instead of pink, so feel free to use that too. The color only makes it look different and doesn't affect the taste.
🍽 Serving and Storing
I always garnish our peppermint hot chocolate with sprinkles and a candy cane. Yes, it looks really cute for parties and to serve friends, but it makes it even more comforting and fantastic tasting.
I like serving this for my daughter when she has friends over on a cold winter day. They love decorating it with their choice of sprinkles, and mixing it with a candy cane. And of course, dunking their favorite Christmas cookies in it!
You can serve the hot cocoa in mini glasses, as I do, or regular glasses. For parties or as a dessert refreshment, the mini glasses are perfect! But if you've made this on a lazy winter day, feel free to make it as large as you want.
As for storing, like any hot chocolate recipe, store leftover peppermint hot chocolate in the fridge. It keeps well for around 3 days.
If you've tried this easy peppermint hot chocolate recipe, let me know what you thought in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!