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.
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.
With our classic homemade hot cocoa recipe and peppermint hot chocolate being two of our most popular winter recipes on our website, many requests for a white chocolate version rolled in. So today, I’m excited to share the Peppermint White Hot Cocoa version you and your family is sure to love.
Need an easy recipe that yields great hot cocoa just like the store-bought mixes? Then this is for you!
For regular homemade hot chocolate—not from a mix and with less sugar—check out this recipe.
Here at MOMables, we are huge proponents of not buying what you can make yourself. One popular household staple is hot cocoa mix. Great for a hot treat on a cold day. Or even a warm one!
Most store-bought mixes are full of fillers and junk like artificial flavors—yuck! So not only can your mix be made on a cost-conscious budget, but it can also cater to individual tastes and food intolerances along with being much healthier!
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or food processor, and mix well.
Put 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the mix into a mug, and fill to 1 cup with hot water. Mix well.
Options to add to mix: 1 cup chocolate or white chocolate chips (whole or chopped via food processor)
Options to add to cup of prepared cocoa: Marshmallows Whipped cream Pinch of cinnamon and/or cayenne pepper Sprinkle of shaved chocolate Sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy or candy cane A shot of espresso, added before the hot water
If you prefer using fresh milk, leave the powdered milk out of the mix. Add 3 tablespoons of the powdered mixture to the mug, and fill to 1 cup with hot milk.
*The cornstarch is added to help prevent caking, so can be omitted if desired. Recipe slightly adapted from Alton Brown.
Serving Size:1/2 cup
This makes a great gift too – just pack some in a jar or air-tight container and top with some homemade marshmallows, chocolate chips, or crushed peppermint candy. What a nice treat to say “Thanks!” or even “Just because.”