peppermint hot chocolate in a mason jar

A very happy Monday to you all! I am blogging from Boston today, and will be for the next three weeks. To everyone who traveled over this weekend, I hope you got home safe and sound. And to those yet to travel, good luck!

I want to keep this post short and sweet, because god knows how much last-minute shopping everyone still has to do. Or how much wrapping. Or, in my case, how much baking. 

Center stage today we have this glorious homemade hot chocolate. Specifically, the ultimate peppermint hot chocolate. As I was recipe testing this baby, my goal was to make it as thick and creamy as possible. One of the worst things in life is when you order hot chocolate and it is watery and flavorless. And the saddest part is, this happens all too often.

So rich and creamy is the name of the game here. And flavorful. And downright amazing. The dark chocolate gives a great depth of flavor, while the cocoa and cornstarch thicken everything nicely. The peppermint extract takes things up an extra notch to hot chocolate heaven.

I could barely stop sipping it during its photo shoot. It took a lot of restraint. So just know if you make this, the odds are you won’t be able to not finish it. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with that.

peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream

Tips for making the best peppermint hot chocolate

As long as you keep the following tips in mind while making this hot chocolate recipe, you won’t have to worry about your hot chocolate coming out sad and watery!

Use whole milk—Whole milk makes this hot chocolate extra creamy and thick and is an absolute must for this peppermint hot chocolate recipe. If you can’t have dairy, I’d recommend using full-fat coconut milk or cashew milk instead. I’ve found those to be the thickest non-dairy milk options, but keep in mind that they might affect the flavor of this drink a bit.

Use chocolate and cocoa powder—Too often, homemade hot chocolate recipes call for either real chocolate or cocoa powder. I prefer using both to really amp up the chocolate flavor. For best results, use a high-quality dark chocolate!

Add in some cornstarch—Cornstarch helps thicken this hot chocolate without adding any unwanted flavor. If you can’t have corn, arrowroot powder would likely work instead.

Don’t add too much peppermint—Yes, I know this is a peppermint hot chocolate recipe, but you do NOT want to eyeball the amount of peppermint extract you pour in. Too much extract will make your homemade hot chocolate taste like toothpaste, so take the time to measure it out properly.

A very merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have wonderful, wonderful holidays with your families and friends. Be back on Friday with some more delicious treats!

RECIPE

Ultimate Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

Seriously decadent peppermint hot chocolate made with dark chocolate, cocoa, and peppermint extract. A winter favorite everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dutch cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies for decorating (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour milk into a small pot and heat over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes. Never allow the milk to boil. You want to heat it just enough so it's under scalding.
  2. After 3 minutes, pour in chocolate, cocoa powder, brown sugar, cornstarch, and both extracts. Use a spatula or whisk to stir every 10 seconds or so. At first the mixture will be grainy, but as the chocolate cools the color will deepen and everything will come together. Heat for around 5 minutes until thick and creamy.
  3. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint extract. Serve immediately!

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More winter drinks from Broma Bakery:

Super Simple Mulled Wine

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Peanut Butter Vegan Hot Chocolate 

Spiced Bourbon Cider

Hot Chocolate del Diablo

35 comments

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I definitely prefer dark chocolate and oodles of peppermint in my hot chocolate! This is the ultimate in festive.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yaaaas! Sending some your way 😀

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This hot chocolate looks fantastic, Sarah! I can never resist anything peppermint flavored, so this is the ultimate drink. Totally wish I had a mug of this right now!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I wish I could make you some right now! Have lovely holidays, Gayle!

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This looks like the perfect hot chocolate! Love how thick and chocolatey it is! Pinned! Have a great time with your family!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You, too, Mira! Happy holidays! XO

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Oh I could total finish this. And I’m fully prepared to take that challenge when we meet up! Yeah you’re in Boston!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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YEAH! Got your email. Will respond tomorrow 🙂

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Ohhhh yeah, now you’re speaking my language. I hardly ever order hot chocolate because, like you said, it’s always watery and flavorless.. and really just hot “cocoa”. But THIS? This I can get down with, and I was thinking of making some for Christmas Eve anyway.. now I can’t skip it! Totally pouring schnapps into mine, too..

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Seriously. It’s a disgrace. And PLEASE pour in schnapps and tell me know it goes!!

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So happy you’re in Boston! That’s one of my all-time favorite places… This hot chocolate looks and sounds amazing! Very festive!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So glad you’ve been and enjoy it! I love it here. Happy holidays, Annie!

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What perfect looking hot chocolate! And I love the added peppermint flavor! Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks for pinning, Christina!

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This looks insanely decadent and delicious and not watery and bland tasting at all! But you’re right, I’m used to having to add like WAY more cocoa from a lot of lame mixes cause otherwise they end up super watery.

Definitely going to try this way of making peppermint hot chocolate 🙂 Another fun one is if you have a ton of chocolate peppermint bark leftover, just melt it in milk on the stove and it turns into minty chocolatey goodness.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ugh, you feel my pain. And what a great idea with peppermint bark! I just ate some chocolate peppermint ice cream and am STILL craving that mint and chocolate combo. I have a problem…

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Amazing!! I have been all about peppermint this year! This looks so rich and chocolately! I cant think of anything better!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Why, thank you, Annie! I’ll have to pop over to see what peppermint creations you’ve made 🙂

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It’s so true that store-bought hot chocolates can taste so watered down sometime. I absolutely love the color of your hot chocolate!! Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you, Lisa! Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday.

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Oh so gorgeous! I would just love this hot choccy.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Uh, YES! I would gladly make you some!

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There is nothing as amazing as Peppermint Hot Cocoa. I am in love with this.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you, lady. I am in love with ALL of your recipes

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this looks so festive and yummy!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Caralyn! I couldn’t stop drinking it…

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This recipe looks absolutely wonderful! Stopping by from Blogher and so glad I did. You have such great recipes and idea. Merry Christmas!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much, Heather! I so appreciate it 🙂

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Hello Sarah in Boston! What a delight… this ultimate hot chocolate! Yeeee!! I can’t stand my excitement! I totally get the watery hot cocoa… it’s sooooo disappointing. There’s only one place I’ll order hot chocolate while I’m out an about. It’s at Fran’s Chocolates in Seattle. It is over the top rich and creamy and so worth it! Otherwise I make it at home, but have not tried it with corn starch! It’s the magic ingredient (with a couple of glugs of schnapps oh and that brown sugar – the best with chocoalte!) All the best to you Sarah! Have fun on your trip!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sooooo next time I’m in Seattle I’m going to Fran’s. And yeah, how about I’ll supply the hot chocolate and you supply the schnapps?!

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Yes!! Dark chocolate Definitely makes the best hot chocolate! I love all the thick chocolate goodness going on here

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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The thickest of hot chocolates. And the best. Only the best.

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Looks super awesome! Yum! Hope you are having a great time with your family Sarah! Happy New Year!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Happy New Year to you, too, Manali! Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season thus far 🙂

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