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The most flavorful, homemade peppermint hot chocolate recipe. This recipe is made with real chocolate, and peppermint extract and has a rich chocolate and peppermint flavor. It’s easy to make and perfect for a chilly evening!

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing more delightful than a cup of peppermint hot chocolate! I love this recipe because it has the most incredible chocolate flavor and a smooth peppermint taste.

Peppermint mint hot chocolate in a clear mug with marshmallows and crushed candy canes.

It can be quickly made on the stovetop and takes just 10 mins! There is no comparison between making homemade hot chocolate to a hot chocolate mix. Hot chocolate mixes can be watery, filled with sugar, and not flavorful. So next time you want a cup of hot chocolate, make your own!

If you’re looking for a peppermint hot chocolate recipe to serve during the holiday season, that is both easy to make and super flavorful, this recipe is for you!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Here is everything you need to make this delicious warm drink! The full recipe is in the recipe card below.

Supplies

You’ll need a few supplies to make this recipe:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Whisk
Chocolate chips, milk, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and salt in bowls.

Ingredients

Milk – You can use any milk you prefer. We like whole or 2% milk, but nonfat or a milk substitute like almond or oat milk will also work well. If you want a super rich and creamy drink, then use heavy cream or a mixture of heavy cream and whole milk.

Honey – We use honey to give the drink a little extra sweetness.

Salt – This is to enhance the ingredients in the hot chocolate.

Chocolate Chips – Use a combination of chocolate like semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. This is where the recipe gets the chocolate flavor from. You can also use chopped chocolate bars too.

Peppermint Extract – This is what gives the recipe peppermint flavor.

Vanilla Extract – Add a dash of vanilla to give it flavor depth.

Mixing peppermint hot chocolate in a saucepan.

How to Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  1. Heat the milk, honey, and salt in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add in the chocolate chips, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract.
  3. Let the chocolate chips sit for a few minutes to soften, then whisk until combined.

Tips for Making the Best Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • Serve immediately for best results. This peppermint hot chocolate is delicious when served with whipped cream and a candy cane!
  • If you want an extra peppermint flavor, add a candy cane to the mug and let it dissolve as you drink.
  • Use high-quality ingredients like organic milk and real chocolate chips.
  • If the hot chocolate gets too thick, add a little more milk until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • To make peppermint white hot chocolate use white chocolate chips instead of milk and semisweet.
  • If you’re serving this to adults, add in a bit of peppermint schnapps!
Hot chocolate in mugs.

Dietary Considerations

Dairy-Free: You can make this recipe dairy free by using plant-based milk and dairy-free chocolate chips. Try coconut milk, cashew milk, or oat milk for delicious flavors.

Sugar-Free: Use sugar-free chocolate like Lily’s Chocolate Chips. You can also substitute the honey for a sugar-free sweetener.

Keto: Use unsweetened almond milk and sugar-free chocolate like Lily’s Chocolate Chips. You can substitute honey for another sweetener like stevia or monk fruit.

How to Store

This peppermint hot chocolate recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just reheat on the stove when you’re ready to enjoy!

Best Hot Chocolate Toppings

It’s all about the toppings! Here are some of my favorite toppings to add to hot cocoa:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Chopped Chocolate
  • Crushed Candy Cane
  • Grated Peppermint
  • Shaved Chocolate
Hot chocolate with peppermint and marshmallows.

When to Serve

This peppermint hot chocolate recipe is perfect for chilly evenings, holiday gatherings, or anytime you’re in the mood for a cozy drink! Here are a few special occasions I love to serve this cocoa:

Serve this hot cocoa recipe with Christmas cookies or eggnog cinnamon rolls.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is peppermint hot chocolate made of?

Peppermint hot chocolate is made with milk, chocolate chips, peppermint extract, vanilla, and honey. It’s easy to make and perfect for a chilly evening!

What does the peppermint white hot chocolate taste like?

White peppermint hot chocolate has a smooth peppermint taste and white chocolate flavor. It’s delicious and perfect if you’re not a dark chocolate fan!

Homemade hot chocolate with peppermint and marshmallows.

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There’s nothing better than a cup of peppermint hot chocolate on a cold winter day. This festive drink is easy to make and super flavorful, I know it will bring joy to you, your family, and your friends!

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Peppermint mint hot chocolate in a clear mug with marshmallows and crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Flavorful homemade peppermint hot chocolate. This recipe is made with real chocolate, and peppermint extract and has a rich chocolate and peppermint flavor. It's easy to make and perfect for a chilly evening!
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk, use whole milk, 2% milk or a plant based milk.
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Heat milk, honey, and salt in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point. 
    Heating milk on the stovetop.
  • Whisk constantly while the milk is heating to avoid the milk from burning. 
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Let them sit for 30 seconds in the milk to soften. Then whisk until all of the chocolate is melted.
    Mixing peppermint hot chocolate in a saucepan.
  • Add in the vanilla and peppermint and whisk. 
  • Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
    Peppermint hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes.

Notes

f you want an extra peppermint flavor, add a candy cane to the mug and let it dissolve as you drink.
Use plant-based milk or sugar-free chocolate chips.
Use high-quality ingredients like organic milk and real chocolate chips.
f the hot chocolate gets too thick, add a little more milk until it reaches the desired consistency.
Make white hot chocolate by using white chocolate chips instead of milk and semisweet.
If you’re serving this to adults, add in a little peppermint schnapps!

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 2mg
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