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Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa {from cocoa mix}

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate is RICH and DECADENT with the sweet flavor of peppermint. In just 10 minutes you can have this CREAMY, MINTY mug whipped up and a WARM cup of hot cocoa ready to sip on. 

two mugs of peppermint hot chocolate

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate 

Serve up a big, warm cup of peppermint hot chocolate when the weather turns chilly. This is a simple and easy recipe, bursting with sweet peppermint flavor in every sip.

This hot cocoa mix can be made ahead of time, and then just assemble your drink when you want to sip on some.

With the homemade hot chocolate mix, you are able to control how light or rich you want your drink to be. Or you can even spike it with a little booze for a grown-up boozy hot chocolate drink.

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overhead picture of cocoa mix and toppings

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Ingredients

  • Cocoa Powder
  • Instant Dry Milk
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Milk (a splash of heavy cream is nice too!)
  • Peppermint Extract 

Do I use peppermint extract?

I do use peppermint extract to give this hot chocolate drink the minty flavor.

The extract is added to the cocoa only when you are ready to drink. You can also crunch up some peppermint candies and add to the cocoa mix before adding the hot milk.

They will slowly dissolve and add the peppermint flavor and a bit more sweetness.

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two mugs of hot cocoa

How to make peppermint hot chocolate with cocoa powder

STEP ONE: You will need to prepare the hot cocoa mix first. Sift together the dry milk, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar.

STEP TWO: Stir in the sugar (don’t sift it as it will clog your sieve). Stir to combine and store in an air tight container until ready to make your mug of cocoa.

STEP THREE: When you are ready to make your cocoa, add in your hot milk (or hot water) and the peppermint extract. Stir to mix. Top with your favorite toppings!

The key is to just warm up the milk a bit. Make sure to not overheat and scorch the milk. Then whisk in the peppermint extract, and powder mix.

This is an incredible chocolate and peppermint drink to serve up around the holiday season. But if you are like me, I drink this mix all year round. 

mug of hot cocoa with candy cane

How do you serve peppermint hot chocolate?

Not sure what toppings to use for peppermint hot chocolate? Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Whipped cream 
  • Crushed candy canes 
  • Peppermint candies 
  • Mini marshmallows 
  • Drizzle of chocolate sauce
  • Mini chocolate chips (or peppermint chips when in season)

Adjusting the peppermint flavor 

You will find that depending on the brand of extract you buy, the strength of flavor will vary. Start with a drop or two and then taste.

If not’s not strong enough feel free to add another drop or two.

Can I use a different milk if I have an allergy?

If you want to use a different milk such as almond or soy milk feel free to d so. Just be aware that the dry hot chocolate mix contains dry milk powder.The key is to just warm up the milk a bit. Make sure to not overheat and scorch the milk. Then whisk in the peppermint oil, and powder mix.

Is hot chocolate actually chocolate?

Hot chocolate is made with cocoa, not the finished chocolate you eat in like a candy bar. We consider this a drinking chocolate mix that is flavored like chocolate but more mellow in the flavor of cocoa that is paired with sweetness from the sugar. 

What to serve with peppermint hot chocolate?

I love a good shortbread cookie with it because it doesn’t have contrasting flavors and allows both to shine.

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two mugs of cocoa with peppermint sticks

Other drinks to make

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

two mugs of peppermint hot cocoa

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cups hot cocoa mix
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract


    Make the hot cocoa mix

    1. In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar.
    2. Sift instant dry milk on top of powdered sugar.
    3. Sift cocoa powder on top. Whisk together.
    4. Whisk in granulated sugar until well combined.
    5. Store in airtight container or jar for up to 3 months

Make the peppermint hot cocoa

    1. To a medium saucepan, add the milk and bring to a simmer.
    2. Whisk in the 1 1/3 cups hot cocoa mix until combined.
    3. Stir in peppermint extract.
    4. Remove from heat and pour into mugs.
    5. Tops with your favorite toppings like whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and candy canes!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 3gSugar: 62gProtein: 12g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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