Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe

During days spent exploring blistering cold Boston in the winter, my favorite indulgence was a Peet’s peppermint hot chocolate. From a set of little stools you could watch the snow fall, sip away, and recharge for a bit before heading back out into the tundra. You may have been frozen to the bone, but for a moment you were wrapped in the cocoon of a warm, cozy coffeehouse.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe

While my hubby and I may live far from our first shared city now, peppermint hot chocolate remains my favorite antidote to bone-chilling weather. I’ll be sure to make plenty of it while spending Christmas in Chicago this year!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Thanks to this great recipe from McCormick, I could recreate this happy memory with a cup of white hot chocolate using their Pure Peppermint Extract. Topped with a puffy cloud of whipped cream, little candy cane bits and a bit of marshmallows, it was heaven!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Whip up a batch to warm up some chilly winter night, and you’ll love it, too! It’s quick ‘n easy, and all you need are four basic ingredients – milk, chocolate, half-and-half, and a bit of peppermint extract. Oh, and of course, a cute candy cane garnish!

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Yield: Makes 3 (1-cup) servings


1 cup skim milk
4 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups half-and-half (or, use whole milk + heavy whipping cream)
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
Whipped cream and/or marshmallows, optional


In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add milk and chopped chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

Stir in half-and-half and peppermint extract. Cook and stir until heated through.

Pour into serving cups. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and/or marshmallows, if desired.


Adapted from McCormick


10 Responses to “Peppermint White Hot Chocolate”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 21, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    This looks so fabulous!

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    JulieD — December 21, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    LOVE this!! I love white chocolate and love the pairing of white chocolate and peppermint!! Love McCormick too! :D

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 21, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    yum– great holiday drink!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 21, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    This is definitely a must for the holidays! Now the only thing I need is a fireplace, a blanket, and a good book :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 21, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    This hot chocolate looks like pure heaven, wish I had a mug right now!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 21, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    This looks gorgeous! I want to make some of this over the weekend – great for the holidays!

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    Lynna — December 22, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    How awesome! I`m sure white chocolate would taste great!

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    Elizabeth — December 28, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    I’ve of course tried regular hot chocolate, but I’ve never tried white hot chocolate. Especially with peppermint! This sounds so delicious!

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    Erin D. — December 28, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    Oh my gosh. This looks amazing! Next time I’m in Texas, I’m picking up tons of candy canes and peppermint extract. Weirdly, we don’t have either in Germany.

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    Sarah @ Damn Good Food — December 31, 2012 @ 4:29 am

    My husband and I spent a few years in Boston when we were first married – so much fun! And I totally agree on the comfort and joy of spending a few minutes in Peets before rushing back out into the winter chill and slushy snow madness.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait to make it!

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