The extremely festive peppermint hot chocolate is basically the essence of Christmas, just as pumpkin pie reminds one of Thanksgiving. Chocolate and peppermint make one of the most classic pairings and drinking it feels cozy and nostalgic.
Tips on Making Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Made with bittersweet dark chocolate that’s been melted in milk and cream, this hot chocolate is rich and extra chocolatey beyond belief. The perfect drink for cold winter nights or rainy days, you’ll feel like you’re sipping a whole mug of melted chocolate mint bar. But it’s important to know that peppermint has a strong flavor. So you’ll need to find the right balance between the mint and chocolate to make the best cup of mint hot chocolate. Read on to get some tips to make the perfect festive drink.
- Use whole milk. Whole milk makes this hot cocoa creamier and thicker, which is needed for this peppermint hot chocolate recipe. If you want a dairy-free product, we recommend using almond or coconut milk instead.
- Use chocolate and cocoa powder. Homemade hot chocolate recipes call for either real chocolate OR cocoa powder. We prefer using both to really intensify the chocolate flavor.
- Don’t add too much peppermint. Too much of it will make your homemade hot chocolate taste like toothpaste, so always use a measuring spoon to make the perfect peppermint hot cocoa.
- Peppermint schnapps are a good way to add an extra kick. You can skip the peppermint extract for this and go with peppermint schnapps. Adjust accordingly to how strong you want your peppermint schnapps hot chocolate. Remember: this is for adults only!
- For a more festive presentation, you can top your peppermint hot chocolate with crushed candy cane and whipped cream. You can even use a candy cane (not crushed) to stir.
How To Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Our easy homemade peppermint hot chocolate is rich in both flavor and texture. Made with real bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, milk and a few drops of peppermint oil, you’ll never go back to the store-bought, powdered sachets.
Combine the milk, cream, sugar and salt in a pot over medium-low heat.
Stir occasionally until mixture starts steaming, then add in the chocolate. Continue stirring until the chocolate melts fully.
Remove from heat and add the peppermint oil, then stir until fully incorporated.
Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and serve.
- Calcium: 321mg
- Calories: 1664kcal
- Carbohydrates: 148g
- Cholesterol: 185mg
- Fat: 113g
- Fiber: 14g
- Iron: 11mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 33g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
- Potassium: 1216mg
- Protein: 17g
- Saturated Fat: 67g
- Sodium: 406mg
- Sugar: 119g
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Vitamin A: 2032IU
- Vitamin C: 1mg
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any caffeine in hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate contains caffeine but very little of it. The amount is nothing compared to coffee or even tea because there’s barely any.
Is hot chocolate better with milk or water?
Ultimately, this depends on you. If you prefer a much creamier and richer drink, it is better to have hot chocolate with milk. If you really like the taste of strong cocoa, we suggest using water. It’ll be a thinner consistency, but you’ll be able to really taste the chocolate. For this recipe, we use milk.
In under 10 minutes, you’ll be able to unwind with a cup of peppermint hot chocolate. All our recipe requires is to mix all the ingredients together and heat them up. Enjoy this sweet, chocolatey treat easily with friends and family.
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