Peppermint Hot Chocolate #ChristmasWeek


Welcome to day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Peppermint Surprise”.

I love peppermint this time of year, but since I shared Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies yesterday, I wanted to go a little different today.  So I did a drink!  I am not a coffee drinker, but I do like going to Starbucks for one thing.  Their Peppermint Hot Chocolate is amazing!  I am sure it is full of whole milk, and full fat whipped cream, but I made something pretty darn close with a lot less calories at home!

Hot Chocolate from scratch is so easy, and tastes so much better than those instant packets.  All you have to do is heat some milk over a low heat, throw in some chocolate to let it melt.  Stir in a little sugar, and in this case peppermint, and you are done.  You don’t even have to stand over it, stirring the whole time!

I made this while my son was at school, but made sure to save him some for a snack.  He was thrilled. He loves hot chocolate, and was very happy with this version.  Plus he got a candy cane out of it, so how could I go wrong :)  This would be great to have around for the holidays.  Make this, dump it in the crock pot to keep it warm, and you have a great party drink.  You could even swap out the peppermint extract for a peppermint liquor for the grown ups!

This isn’t my only post today!  I am also making Peanut Butter Cup Blossom Cookies as part of #25recipestoXmas.  I hope you will check them out, they are kind of over the top and delicious!

Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.


Yields 2

Creamy Hot Chocolate with a hint of peppermint

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups milk (I used skim)
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 Tbls sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Optional Garnish
  • Whipped Cream, Marshmallow, Candy Canes


  1. In a small sauce pan over low heat, add milk and chocolate. Heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in the sugar and peppermint extract until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into cups, and top with desired garnish


Peppermint Hot Chocolate - perfect way to warm up on a cool day!


  1. My kiddos would line up every day if I made them such decadent mugs of gorgeous hot chocolate!

  2. It’s chilly this morning. I wish I had a cup right now!

    Happy day #2!

  3. Mmmm… another great mint/chocolate combination. I think this is a real winner… my kids will love this. :) Happy Day #2!

  4. Oh if only I liked peppermint. This looks so pretty.

  5. So pretty and enticing looking! I’m not a huge hot chocolate fan but you’ve got me giving it second thoughts ………..

  6. Thanks for lowering the calories…now I can indulge more often :) YUM!

  7. I’m huddled under a blanket on my couch right now and boy would I love to have a mug of this cocoa in my hands! Love chocolate and peppermint this time of year.

  8. In love with this, Erin! Wish I had a big mug right now!

  9. I can’t think of anything better than curling up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of this in front of the fireplace!

  10. My kids are behind me begging me to make this tonight! Well, it’s not gonna be tonight, but we’ll be enjoying a hot mug tomorrow when it dips back down into the 30’s. During DAYLIGHT. Ugh. ;P Delicious!

  11. I am totally digging this recipe Erin. I love hot chocolate, in any form. Making it peppermint just takes me to my happy place.

  12. Love peppermint hot chocolate and your right it’s easy and better at home!

  13. What a PERFECT drink for the holiday season! Easy and tasty!!!

  14. This drink is perfect for the holiday season! Love how easy it is to make!

  15. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Cool evening and a cup of hot chocolate-yes, I’m dreaming! It’s still in 80’s here this week. Love this idea!

  16. I so need this! Looks wonderful and cozy :)

  17. That looks so so good!!!!

  18. This looks delicious! My kids will love this.


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