Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Sip away on this scrumptious peppermint white hot chocolate to warm up some chilly winter night. Add crushed peppermint and whipped cream for an extra delicious, festive touch!

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate – The perfect warm & cozy sip for chilly winter days! |

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 – The perfect warm & cozy sip for chilly winter days! |

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 White Hot Chocolate – The perfect warm & cozy sip for chilly winter days! |

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 White Hot Chocolate – The perfect warm & cozy sip for chilly winter days! |

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!

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Yield: 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


  1. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add milk and chopped chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Stir in half-and-half and peppermint extract. Cook and stir until heated through.
  3. Pour into serving cups. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and/or marshmallows, if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

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

  2. yum– great holiday drink!!

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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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