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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Dessert Type: Beverages
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 500kcal
Author: Elizabeth LaBau
This Peppermint Hot Chocolate is just the thing to warm you up on chilly winter nights! It's got a rich, smooth, creamy texture and the perfect amount of refreshing mint flavor! This recipe makes about six 1-cup servings.
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For the Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch salt
  • 12 oz finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • ½-1 tsp peppermint extract (to taste)

For the Cocoa Whipped Cream:


  • To make the peppermint hot chocolate, combine the cream, milk, and salt in a medium saucepan, and place it over medium heat. Heat up the milk, stirring occasionally, and scraping the bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula so the milk doesn't scorch. Bring it to a simmer so that bubbles appear along the sides of the pan.
  • Once simmering, remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Whisk everything together until the chocolate has melted and the drink is creamy and smooth. Add ½ tsp peppermint extract, whisk, and taste it. Add more mint extract, if desired, to get your perfect flavor. (Different brands have different strengths, and it’s always recommended to start with a small amount and work your way up!)
  • To make the cocoa whipped cream, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip on medium-high speed until medium peaks form.
  • Serve the hot chocolate warm, with a big dollop of cocoa whipped cream on top. The peppermint hot chocolate can be made ahead of time and kept in a container in the refrigerator until you're ready to enjoy it. It can be reheated on either the stove or in the microwave.


Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 3.9mg