Rich Peppermint Hot Chocolate


I have this memory from high school, and it is one of few that doesn’t involve an awkward moment. Back in the day, on a brisk Friday night, I helped out at my high school’s concession stand during a football game. It was a voluntary move on my part; there was no compensation besides maybe a free hot dog and/or beverage. It was pretty cold outside and there wasn’t much keeping us warm inside this tiny hut. But there was hot chocolate. House-made, in fact. It wasn’t from a machine like the ones in most gas stations. And it was good!

When it came to seeing how it was made, I saw just a handful of ingredients go into a giant pot. One was sweetened condensed milk. “That makes so much sense”, I remember thinking. My thought process went: It’s sweet. It’s condensed. It’s milk! With water and cocoa, it’s hot chocolate!


Here we have a recipe that I adapted from that basic construct, with the exception that it’s peppermint hot chocolate. The peppermint is really good in it and adds a kick of something more. (If you prefer, it can be left out.) To make it even creamier, white chocolate chips are melted and stirred in. What you’ll end up with is a balance of sweet, creamy and chocolate flavors.

Top it off with a heap of marshmallow topping and peppermint candies. It’ll look extra special and have even more to offer your palette!



Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Yields: 4-6
Dietary: Gluten Free
Warm up with this rich, tasty peppermint hot chocolate. An affordable and quick sweet treat!


  • 5 cups water
  • 14oz sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup peppermint candies (crushed)
  • dash salt (optional)
  • marshmallow topping


Measure out the ingredients. In a saucepan, heat the water, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, white chocolate, salt and half & half until the mixture reaches a simmer (over medium heat). Using a whisk will help distribute the white chocolate as it melts and also break up any cocoa lumps. Stir often since milk can easily
As the saucepan ingredients reach a simmer, reduce the heat to low. Now stir in both the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Heat for a few minutes more, then turn off and remove from heat.
After the hot chocolate has slightly cooled, pour into mugs using a ladle. Top with the desired amount of marshmallow topping and peppermint candy. If there's extra, it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.


» Whole milk may be substituted for the half & half

» Use more or less extract based on your taste preferences

What’s your favorite hot drink to have in the dead of winter?

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5 thoughts on “Rich Peppermint Hot Chocolate”

  1. That looks wonderful. Have you considered an alcoholic version for us wild types/those who need help dealing with the gloom of winter? :-) One of my cold weather hobbies is adding peppermint schnapps or whipped cream flavored vodka to hot cocoa.

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