Peppermint White Hot Chocolate


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Whip up this creamy Peppermint White Hot Chocolate in just five minutes! 

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee; the flavor, the aroma, and the way it makes me feel warm and cozy as I sip it. However, as much as I’m addicted to the caffeine in coffee, I’m hooked on the ritual of savoring a warm beverage.

Even though I’m fairly immune to caffeine’s effects, even I can’t drink coffee and go bed. White hot chocolate comes in handy when I want to feel warm and toasty but don’t want to be up all night. I usually sleep like a baby after a mug of this kind of warm milk.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I like hot chocolate made with both cocoa powder or with white chocolate, depending on my mood. For sleeping purposes, white is preferred to dark since it doesn’t have caffeine. Truthfully though, the caffeine in regular chocolate never keeps me up. I can eat a Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookie and go right to bed and sleep peacefully.

 Whether it’s coffee or hot chocolate, I like it really hot, on the sweet side, very creamy, and I like to have a little coffee with my cup of creamer.

Coffee-Mate French Vanilla

I enjoy the seasonally availabe Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha creamer, occasionally found year-round at select Target stores in my area. It’s sweet and minty without being overpowering.

The flavor of the peppermint white hot chocolate is reminiscent of the peppermint creamer, but it’s made from all-natural ingredients, no funky syrups required. The recipe can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled and comes together in five minutes from start to finish.

Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha

Add four cups of milk to a large microwave-safe bowl. I use 2% milk because it’s a nice balance between richness and creaminess without gluttony. I could happily and easily drink a mug melted white chocolate and heavy cream, but I like to be able to zip my jeans.

Adding a splash of half-and-half to each mug before serving is also a good trick to add a touch of luxury without being ridiculous. Feel free to use almond, soy, goat, or any milk you desire. I don’t know if coconut milk goes with peppermint, but feel free.

Add one heaping cup white chocolate chips, about six to eight ounces, to the milk. A chopped white chocolate baking or candy bar may be used instead of white chocolate chips. Don’t use white almond bark or white chocolate candy melts. They are made for candy-making and the packaging explicitly indicates they’re not to be mixed with milk or water or they will seize; and you’d have a gloppy mess.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Heat the mixture on high power for about ninety seconds, up to about two minutes. Cooking times will vary by microwave but the mixture should be very warm, but don’t let it boil. White chocolate is notorious for scorching so keep a watchful eye. You could do this over the stovetop and low heat, but at midnight when I crave this, the microwave is infinitely easier and faster.

Stir or whisk the mixture until it’s smooth and the white chocolate chips have melted. Then add the peppermint extract. Adding anywhere from one-quarter to three-quarters of one teaspoon is probably where most people will enjoy the beverage, but the extract should be added slowly and to taste.

I mention these items every time I call for peppermint extract in a recipe: It’s infinitely stronger and more potent than vanilla extract and a little goes a very long way. One-quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract is extremely noticeable whereas I’d hardly bat an eye at the same quantity of vanilla extract. You can’t un-do or mask it once added, so start slowly, taste drink, and add more if necessary.

There are different types of mint extracts including peppermint, spearmint, wintermint, and mint. I use generic store-brand peppermint extract. There’s also peppermint oil and because I don’t use it, I don’t know how much would be needed.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

After stirring in the peppermint extract, I like to transfer the mixture to my Vita-Mix for a quick buzz to make sure any white chocolate bits are fully blended, and to fluff it up and add froth. It’s an optional step and sometimes I don’t do it if I don’t want to dirty my blender, but a thirty second whirl is nice. I love froth. Plus, marshmallows sit nicely on top of a frothy shelf rather than sinking.

Garnishing with marshmallows is also optional, but recommended because everything tastes better with marshmallows. They soften and absorb some of the sweet minty liquid and are prized little floating globes.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I could drink mug after mug of this creamy white elixir. I’m a huge white chocolate fan but it’s nice to break up that sweetness and the peppermint is soothing and palate-cleansing. It counterbalances the sweetness from the white chocolate without feeling like I just drank Listerine.

I’ve tried peppermint creamers and peppermint specialty drinks from coffee shops and sometimes the peppermint is far too overwhelming to even enjoy the drink. I prefer peppermint-infused rather than peppermint-takeover.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

The best part is that it takes less than five minutes to make.

And I can be slurping in no time.

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

By Averie Sunshine
White hot chocolate is a nice twist on traditional hot chocolate. It's sweet and creamy and this version includes peppermint, which balances the sweetness. The peppermint adds a refreshing element, without being over-powering. The flavor of the hot chocolate reminds me of a favorite peppermint specialty coffee creamer, minus the artificial ingredients. It's comforting, soothing, easy, and ready in under than 5 minutes. Recipe can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5
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  • 4 cups 2% milk, whole, soy, almond, goat, half-and-half, cream, heavy cream or any combination of milks desired may be used
  • 1 heaping cup white chocolate chips, 6 to 8 ounces or white chocolate bar, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract, see note below
  • mini marshmallows for garnishing, optional


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk (I use 2% but use the type of milk or cream in preferred combinations) and the white chocolate and heat on high power for about ninety seconds, up to about two minutes. Cooking times will vary by microwaves but the mixture should be very warm, but don’t allow it to boil. White chocolate is notorious for scorching so keep a watchful eye. You could do this over the stovetop and low heat, but I prefer the microwave for ease.
  • Stir or whisk the mixture until it’s smooth and the white chocolate chips have melted. Add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and stir to incorporate. Taste the mixture and determine if more is desired. I use about 1/2 teaspoon in this recipe, but this will vary based on brand of extract and personal taste presences. Notes - Peppermint extract is infinitely stronger and more potent than vanilla extract and a little goes a very long way, it cannot be un-done or masked once added, so start slowly, taste the beverage, and add more if desired, to taste.
  • After stirring in the peppermint extract, optionally transfer the mixture to a blender and whirl for about 30 seconds, helping to ensure all white chocolate bits are fully blended, and to create froth. Pour into mugs an optionally garnish with mini-marshmallows. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1, Calories: 378kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 139mg, Sugar: 41g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Do you like hot chocolate – white or regular?

Peppermint fan? White chocolate fan?

I do love coffee and nothing will ever take it’s place but rotating in hot chocolate is a nice change-up.

Mint, especially this time of year, is perfect; whereas white chocolate is a year-round love. Here are 50 white chocolate recipes because I just can’t get enough of it.

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  1. I’m already curled up under a blanket catching up on my blog commenting, but this post makes me wish I had a cup of peppermint white hot chocolate overflowing with marshmallows!

  2. I just want to curl up on the couch with a good book, a roaring fire place, and a mug of this hot chocolatey goodness. Too bad I don’t have a fire place and it never gets that cold in LA.

    Oh well, a mug of this on my sunny patio will work too :)

  3. White chocolate hot chocolate is a favorite of mine! With an added shot of some kind of liqueur, of course. :) And the addition of peppermint extract sounds amazing!

  4. This looks and sounds delicious :-) I love regular hot chocolate, but have never tried white chocolate before, so am going to give this a go!

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE white hot chocolate! I can’t wait to try it with your peppermint twist! What a great addition to the chocolate party this month! And your photography is just gorgeous! : )

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Anne! The great thing about this recipe, is that it’s ready in less than 5 mins!

  6. It’s not hot chocolate unless it’s made with 2% milk (at least). And definitely, a splash of half & half! This must be what a winter wonderland would taste like in liquid form. :D

    1. And girl I JUST got my internet back – it’s been up and down for 2 days, super sporadic. Sorry for shorthand replies the other day!

  7. I was just thinking about white hot chocolate the other day because I’ve never had it but it sounds SO good!

    1. I don’t know if it’s ‘allowed’ on your current protocol, but if you can have white chocolate, it makes for such a creamy, milky, and great cup of hot chocolate. I’m still thinking about your white choc cookies (with oats in them that you didnt remember – ha! and I do that all the time!), and I’d love a chewy cookie right now!

  8. Never had white choc. I bet it would be good with peppermint marshmallows or even gingerbread marshmallows! Huh something different to try.