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Holiday Cocoa: Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s the holidays, which means we’re making our favorite homemade peppermint hot chocolate recipe. Try this delicious hot cocoa at home this holiday season.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

A holiday hot chocolate recipe

We’ve decorated the Christmas tree, hung our stockings with care, and have been decking the halls to our hearts’ content. We’ve caught a few holiday specials on TV, namely, Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, and we can’t help but notice: IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Easy peppermint hot chocolate recipe

One thing I love about the holidays is the warmth of family, all cozied up by the fire or at the table. The laughs, the joy, so many memories are made and kept. There’s no better way to celebrate than sharing a warm favorite in our household: peppermint hot chocolate. So we did. And it was marvelous.

In keeping up with the holiday spirit, candy cane hot cocoa was in order. I decided to use Sweet’N Low in place of any other sweetener, it has no calories and diabetic friendly for guests. The flavor combination of dark chocolate and peppermint truly soothes the soul. We make this peppermint hot chocolate from scratch, y’all gotta try this holiday drink recipe at home!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

Holiday Cocoa: Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Our homemade hot chocolate recipe with cocoa powder is easy to make and tastes great. Top this delicious warm coca drink with crushed candy canes for an irresistible cup of hot chocolate! Check out the recipe below…

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocoa

Homemade Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

Deanna Underwood
Indulge in this tasty peppermint flavored hot chocolate that is perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 cups milk whole, almond, cashew
  • 3 tablespoons Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 4 packets Sweet'N Low
  • 8 mini candy canes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt


  • Bring milk to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Add cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, Sweet'N Low and 4 mini candy canes. Stir to combine thoroughly, and be sure the candy canes are completely melted.
  • Pour into mugs and garnish each with whipped cream and remaining candy canes.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Holiday Hot Cocoa Dark Chocolate and Peppermint

Enjoy this holiday hot cocoa recipe!

Dim the lights and light the fire, it’s time to celebrate the holidays! We loved everything about this candy cane hot cocoa, a big thanks to Sweet’N Low for making it a little less guilty about drinking it!

Give this easy homemade hot chocolate recipe a try, the peppermint flavor is really good and I am sure you’ll love it. For more information about creating delicious, guilt-free holiday recipes like this candy cane hot cocoa, check out our Holiday White Wine Cranberry Sangria Recipe with Rosemary and our Christmas Tree Cheese Platter with Sausage!

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