PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA MIX

With the perfect blend of peppermint and chocolate, you can make those chilly winter mornings a little more cozy with a warm cup of peppermint hot cocoa.

It’s the holidays, and peppermint is “in” and pumpkin is “out” – just kidding, pumpkin is never out! But seriously, it is the season of all-things-peppermint! And for those of you who love hot cocoa, it’s time to welcome the Christmas season with a cup of indulgent peppermint hot cocoa. There is no rule that says you can only drink this during the holidays, so you have my permission to indulge whenever the mood strikes!

My kids go crazy for this peppermint hot cocoa. I decided to create this recipe because for one, Starbucks is expensive (that’s where I used to buy it), and two, it’s too easy not to it make at home. If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can make homemade peppermint hot cocoa. This is a bulk recipe and will yield about 20 servings, so this recipe should last you a few months.

For this Recipe:

I started this recipe using my basic Hot Cocoa mix recipe and added crushed peppermint candy. A small change but a completely different, indulgent drink.

The recipe has four ingredients: confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar), powdered cocoa, peppermint candy, and salt. The salt really brings out the chocolate flavor, so don’t omit the salt.

You can use either candy canes or Peppermint Starlight Mints. Place them in a food processer and pulse into very fine crumbs, basically pulverize them into candy dust. This only takes a few seconds.

When making hot cocoa mix, it’s important to sift all your ingredients. This removes any clumps, and really helps to get everything incorporated thoroughly.

Store in an airtight container; it will stay fresh for up to 6 months. But if your kids are anything like mine, it won’t last that long!

To Serve:

  • Stove Top: Mix 1 cup of milk with 2-3 tablespoons (depending on sweetness preference) of peppermint hot cocoa mix in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Bring just to a summer – but do not boil. Stir so the milk does not scald. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. Garnish with crushed candy canes or mints.
  • Microwave: Mix 1 cup of milk with 2-3 tablespoons (depending on sweetness preference) of peppermint hot cocoa mix. Heat in the microwave until hot and steaming. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. Garnish with crushed candy canes or mints.

**Pro tip from my kids: Add a splash of French Vanilla creamer to the hot cocoa for a truly decadent experience!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

With the perfect blend of peppermint and chocolate, you can make those chilly winter mornings a little more cozy with a warm cup of peppermint hot cocoa.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 20 servings (roughly)

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup finely crushed candy canes or Peppermint Starlight Mints (about 40 mints)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa, regular or dark
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, process the candy canes or mints until you have have a fine candy dust. Set aside.
  • Sift the confectioners' sugar into a large bowl to remove any clumps. Sift the cocoa powder into the same bowl.
  • Add the salt and crushed peppermint candy, mix.
  • Sift the mixture one last time.
  • Store in an airtight container.

To Make a Cup of Peppermint Hot Cocoa: (Single serving)

  • Stove Top: Mix 1 cup of milk with, depending on sweet-preference, 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint hot cocoa mix in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer – but do not boil. Stir so the milk does not scald. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. Garnish with crushed candy canes or mints.
  • Microwave: Mix 1 cup of milk with, depending on sweet-preference, 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint hot cocoa mix. Heat in the microwave until hot and steaming. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. Garnish with crushed candy canes or mints.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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