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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

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A mug of creamy peppermint white hot chocolate is the perfect festive treat to help you get into the Christmas spirit.
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  1. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Warm up this winter with a cup of creamy peppermint white hot chocolate. Made with peppermint extract, white chocolate, and milk, this delicious warm drink is perfect for those cold days during the holiday season when you need something to help you get cozy.

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2½ cups whole milk
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1¼ teaspoons peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups white chocolate chips
  • 3-4 drops of green food coloring
  • Canned whipped topping, for garnish
  • ¼ cup crushed or finely chopped mint chocolate candies (Andes mint, peppermint patties, or any other mint chocolate candies), optional garnish

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PINK VERSION: If you want a pink version of the drink, you can substitute the green food coloring for 2-3 drops of red food coloring. You can also substitute the mint chocolate candies for crushed peppermint candies.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: You can use any white chocolate chips, but the Ghirardelli chips melt beautifully.

TOPPING: You can also substitute mini marshmallows for whipped cream.

ALCOHOLIC VERSION: If you’d like to turn this into a grown-up drink, add a splash of peppermint schnapps to your mug along with the hot chocolate.

How to Make This Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can make this drink a day in advance and store it, ungarnished, in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

STEP ONE: Using a 4 to 5-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add the whole milk, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and vanilla. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

milk, cream, peppermint extract and vanilla stirred in a pot

STEP TWO: Add the white chocolate chips and stir continuously until the chips have completely melted. Remove from the heat.

PRO TIP:

The chocolate can settle at the bottom of the pot. To avoid burning your homemade hot cocoa, make sure to cook it over medium heat and stir continuously.

white chocolate chips and food coloring added to the milk mixture in a pot

STEP THREE: Stir in the green food coloring. 

STEP FOUR: Pour into the glasses or mugs. Swirl generously with the canned whipped topping and sprinkle with the crushed mint chocolate candies. Serve while nice and warm.

PRO TIP:

A pretty glass mug would show off the lovely minty color of this drink nicely.

whipped topping and sprinkles with crushed mint chocolate candies swirled in a glass

How To Serve

Curl up with a warm cup of hot chocolate for a special treat while watching Christmas movies or decorating the Christmas tree. Add a plate of Christmas pinwheels and Grinch cookies to enjoy as well.

Our homemade hot chocolate and crockpot peppermint hot chocolate are two more ways to keep cozy in the cold weather.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the ungarnished white peppermint hot chocolate in a drink container in the refrigerator. Reheat either on the stovetop or in the microwave. This drink is also pretty tasty cold if you prefer.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this hot chocolate. It is best made fresh.

close up shot of a glass of Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit with an indulgent treat. This adorable mint green drink is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. Plus, the white chocolate version is just as delicious as traditional hot chocolate, but with a fun twist. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use non-dairy milk in this creamy hot chocolate recipe?

This delicious recipe would be yummy with non-dairy options such as soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk instead of regular milk.

Can I store leftovers of this white chocolate peppermint hot chocolate?

This homemade version of white hot chocolate will keep in the fridge for up to a day in a sealed jar.

Is there caffeine in this white hot chocolate?

Since white chocolate chips do not have any caffeine, this drink is completely caffeine free and would be a great choice to drink at bedtime.

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A mug of creamy peppermint white hot chocolate is the perfect festive treat to help you get into the Christmas spirit.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • cups whole milk
  • cups heavy cream
  • teaspoons peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups white chocolate chips
  • 3 to 4 drops green food coloring
  • Canned whipped topping, for garnish
  • ¼ cup mint chocolate candies, crushed or finely chopped Andes mint, peppermint patties, or any other mint chocolate candies (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Using a 4 to 5-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add the whole milk, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and vanilla. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and stir continuously until the chips have completely melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the green food coloring.
  • Pour into the glasses/mugs. Swirl generously with the canned whipped topping and sprinkle with the crushed mint chocolate candies. Serve while nice and warm.

Notes

  • You can make this drink a day in advance and store it, ungarnished, in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
  • The chocolate can settle at the bottom of the pot. To avoid burning your homemade hot cocoa, make sure to cook it over medium heat and stir continuously.
  • A pretty glass mug would show off the lovely minty color of this drink nicely.

Nutrition

Calories: 773kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 1594IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 380mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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