Never Give Up Peppermint Hot Chocolate

2 servings
15 minutes cook time
Never Give Up Peppermint Hot Chocolate

It’s cold outside and you need a hand warmer. How about this rich and creamy peppermint hot chocolate? Made with milk, cream, semi-sweet chocolate, peppermint candies and brown sugar.

This divine hot chocolate goes down like a dessert. After a few sips, you won’t’ be going back to the usual store-bought dry mix. Plus, it’s easy to make and takes little time. Heat it all together on the stove, whisk until smooth and velvety and top with whipped cream and peppermint candies. If you need the dream winter dessert, this hot chocolate takes the cake.

Garnish your drink with crushed peppermint candies like starlight mints or candy canes. It makes the perfect festive drink to enjoy during the holidays or after a day out in the cold or snow.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 3
  • Good for: kid-friendly, dessert, beverages, parties, gluten-free
  • Difficulty: easy 

Semi-sweet chocolate and peppermint candies melted into a rich and delicious hot chocolate answer every chocolate lover’s dream for the ultimate peppermint hot chocolate. Enjoy after a day out in the snow curled up by the fire. This hot chocolate is sure to warm you right up and satisfy your taste buds.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • Crushed peppermint candies for garnish


  • Small pot
  • Stove
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mugs and spoons

Recipe Steps:

Prepare the hot chocolate:

  1. Heat the milk in a small pot over low-medium heat, making sure the milk doesn’t come to a boil.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, cream, brown sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and peppermint extract.
  3. Whisk the mixture until it becomes smooth and thick.
  4. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve these up to guests and amaze your friends that this hot chocolate is homemade. Top with a candy cane or starlight mints for an extra touch of peppermint! Marshmallows and a chocolate drizzle also make delicious toppings options.

The hot chocolate layers will separate as it sits since it’s so rich, so make sure to serve it with a spoon to stir to get all the good stuff that might settle to the bottom and to keep everything mixed together - enjoy! 

Nutritional Information for One Drink:

  • Calories: 610
  • Total Fat: 36g
  • Saturated Fat: 22g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 66g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g
  • Total Sugars: 56g - Includes 46g Added Sugars
  • Protein: 10g
  • Vitamin D: 2.6mcg
  • Calcium: 240mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Potassium: 610mg

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