When the temperatures drop, the request for hot beverages go up and there is no better way to warm up the family than with homemade hot cocoa. Since it’s the holidays, let’s bring out a candy cane or two because today I’m going to show you how to make peppermint hot chocolate with today’s classic and easy recipe.
This recipe is a pepperminty twist on my classic homemade hot cocoa recipe that will allow for you to stay right at home on these cold winter days. Why layer up the clothes, throw on jackets and load up the car for this tasty treat when you can make it right at home?
What I love about this recipe, is that I can make it traditional with whole milk, dairy-free for my youngest, and as a latte for me. By adding a small candy cane as a stirrer, you have a delicious cup with the holiday flavors we all love.
This is the perfect drink to enjoy while building gingerbread houses and decorating cookies. And, it is so good you will want to make extra to take with you in a [thermos] while riding around looking at all the holiday lights.
What’s your go-to holiday drink?
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup hot water
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract, (or more/less to taste)
- optional toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermints, marshmallows
- Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and peppermint extract and stir well. Serve immediately.