Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Peppermint Hot Cocoa is one of our favorite warm drinks this time of year.

Hot tea has its place forever in my heart, along with Chai Lattes, Cafe con Leche, London Fogs, and Hot Buttered Rum. But there is something special about a cup of cocoa that just beckons me to sit down in front of the Christmas tree and savor the moment.

Mix together a batch of this peppermint hot cocoa mix today and have it ready for easy hot chocolate through the holiday season.

Ever since I made homemade hot chocolate for the first time a few years ago, and subsequently laughed at myself for thinking it was going to be difficult, I haven’t bought another store-bought hot cocoa mix.

Simple Homemade Cocoa requires nothing but unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. You can add chocolate chips, vanilla, whipped cream, miniature marshmallows, fluffy homemade marshmallows, just about anything fun or fancy will make it extra special.

Like at least half the people I know, I frequently stir my hot cocoa with a candy cane or drop a peppermint candy into the bottom of the mug.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

As I was stirring my cocoa with a candy cane the other day, while watching Sean and the boys set up our Christmas tree, I decided to see if I could grind up some peppermint candies and make a ready-to-use hot cocoa mix to enjoy all through the holidays.

As I was hoping it would, the blender turned the peppermint candies into powder, and everything dissolved beautifully. This is the smoothest, creamiest, peppermint hot cocoa I could have imagined.

Pulsing the candy in a food processor or powerful blender will finely crush it and reduce it into candy dust in just a few seconds. You can also drop the candy into a sturdy ziploc bag and smash it with a rolling pin until it’s all crushed.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

unsweetened cocoa powderdark cocoa powdergranulated sugarfinely crushed candy canes or peppermints

For a present that truly won’t be forgotten, wrap up a jar of this Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix along with a package of these Almond Bars, Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups, or these Chocolate S’mores Cookies.

A package of Homemade Marshmallows tied with a ribbon and a candy cane also makes a great gift along with some cocoa mix.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Directions

Combine 1/4 cup of the hot chocolate mix and 1 cup of milk in a saucepan for each serving of hot chocolate. Whisk to combine. Warm over medium heat until steaming, stirring occasionally. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

Smooth, creamy, and rich, this Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix is a favorite with everyone!
Servings 14 servings
Calories 138kcal

Ingredients

1 cup cocoa powder1/2 cup dark cocoa powder1 cup sugar1 cup finely crushed candy canes I used (40) peppermint starlight mints

Instructions

Whisk together all the ingredients and transfer to an airtight container.

To Make Hot Chocolate:

Combine 1/4 cup of the hot chocolate mix and 1 cup of milk in a saucepan for each serving of hot chocolate. Whisk to combine. Warm over medium heat until steaming, stirring occasionally. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Pulsing the candy in a food processor or powerful blender will finely crush it and reduce it into candy dust in just a few seconds. You can also drop the candy into a sturdy ziploc bag and smash it with a rolling pin until it’s all crushed.

Nutritional info is for cocoa mix only.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

{originally published 12/5/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 12/10/21}

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