Peppermint Hot Cocoa

This rich and creamy peppermint hot chocolate is a festive way to warm up on chilly winter nights!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Hot chocolate is a treat we make after snow-filled days or on extra special occasions. It’s something I always look forward to! About a month ago we made salted caramel hot cocoa and it was so good. That salty sweet combo was absolute perfection????. This time around I wanted to make something a little more festive. I tossed some leftover candy canes in the the food processor, grabbed a bar of peppermint bark and some peppermint extract, and got to work.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Everything went into a medium saucepan on the stovetop. After simmering on low for about 10 minutes it was ready. Easy, right?! This would be great in a slow cooker as well, especially to serve at holiday parties or family gatherings. Double or triple the recipe and let it cook on low for about 2 hours. People can enjoy hot chocolate straight from the crockpot all night long. ☕️

Peppermint Hot Cocoa | lifemadesimplebakes.com

We served ours with a big dollop of freshly whipped cream, miniature marshmallows and a sprinkle of crushed candy cane. It was thick, creamy, and minty, exactly what I wanted!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa | lifemadesimplebakes.com

This cozy peppermint hot cocoa is a recipe you’ll definitely want to make this holiday season. It’s easy and delicious!

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa
 
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This rich and creamy peppermint hot chocolate is a festive way to warm up on chilly winter nights!
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Yield: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 c. whole milk
  • 1 c. half & half
  • ⅔ c. homemade hot cocoa mix
  • 2 oz. chopped peppermint bark
  • 3 tbsp. crushed candy cane
  • ½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • pinch kosher sea salt

  • Optional garnishes:
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed candy cane
  • Chocolate sauce
Directions
  1. Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add milk, half & half, cocoa mix, peppermint bark, crushed candy cane, peppermint extract, and salt. Bring to a low simmer, whisking frequently. Allow the cocoa to simmer for 10 minutes before removing from the heat.
  2. Divide between mugs, garnish as desired.
Notes
-If you don't want to make the homemade hot cocoa mix, you can swap it out for your favorite PLAIN cocoa mix. Add a ¼ tsp. vanilla extract along with the peppermint extract.


Recipe source: Life Made Simple