Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I used to always buy hot chocolate mix from the grocery store every winter because I didn’t know just how simple it was to make myself.

One day a friend of mine showed me a website with a bunch of different hot chocolate recipes. I tried many of them, and picked a few things from a handful of recipes that I liked to create this one recipe for myself.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 6


  • 6 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips
  • 2/3 Cup Powdered Milk
  • 1/3 Cups Crushed Peppermint Candies or Candy Canes
  • 2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • Marshmallows (Optional)


  1. Combine sugar, salt, cocoa powder, peppermint candies, powdered milk and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Mix together well.
  2. Mix 1-1/2 cups boiling water with 1/3 cup hot chocolate mix. Stir until chocolate chips have melted. Top with marshmallows if you wish.
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  1. Monica says:

    I’m intruiged by this recipe, but I have a question – do the crushed candy canes melt? Or do they just sink to the bottom? Do you strain them out? LOL My daughter, who’s 4, is a peppermint hot chocolate addict (thank you, Starbucks!) and I would love to make this at home. Thanks!

  2. Amie says:

    I use mini candy canes whole and use it as a stir stick kinda – it melts cuz of the hot water.
    I also just take hot choc mix, stir in some milk, add hot water then candy cane.
    Looking forward to trying this ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for posting!

  3. Mrs January says:

    Monica: If you make them fine enough (I use my food processor and they turn into a powder almost!), then yes they do melt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Julie says:

    This looks yummy! Going to buy candies after work! Would you mind sharing that website with us?? Thanks!!!!

  5. Barbara Kovach says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. Mrs January says:


  7. Julie says:

    Thanks for the website! Will be trying this tonight for Christmas Eve! Also tried your Sugar Cookies – they were a smash! And just finished making your Peppermint Chocolate Bark! Yummo! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. Mrs January says:

    Julie: I’m so glad they were enjoyed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Heather says:

    I’ve started looking into various Christmas recipes and came across a recipe for hot chocolate that people raved about but I found much too rich. This one is delicious! Love the peppermint and I think I’ll be making this to give out as a gift this year as well. Thank you!

  10. Sarah says:

    To make this recipe a little eaiser, just use the herseys semi-sweet mint chocolate chips! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jen says:

    I’m one of the few people who absolutely hates hot chocolate. But my partner loves it, so I’ll be sharing this with them. They might like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Amanda says:

    Do you know where I can buy the “mini” Marshmallows from? Like the ones that come in Hot Chocolate cans. I have never been to a Bulk Barn and it’s an hours drive, but if they have them I’ll make the trip ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Cassie Howard says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen marshmallows that small, except in those mini hot chocolate packs/cans. Just buy “real” mini marshmallows from your local grocery store. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Amanda says:

        Thanks Cassie for you reply. I had bought the mini ones from the grocery store, but the cones I got offline to make Hot Chocolate cones with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and hot chocolate are way to narrow to put marshmallows in them.

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