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5 from 3 votes

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe

This rich and creamy peppermint hot chocolate is a festive way to warm up on chilly winter nights!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 344kcal


  • 4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2/3 cup hot cocoa
  • 2 oz chopped peppermint bark
  • 3 tbsp crushed candy cane
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch kosher sea salt

Optional Garnishes

  • whipped cream
  • mini marshmallows
  • crushed candy cane
  • chocolate sauce


  • 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.
  • Divide between mugs, garnish as desired.


-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 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract along with the peppermint extract.


Serving: 5serving | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 488IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 1mg