Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Kiss those packets goodbye and make some EASY and lusciously creamy hot chocolate! Add some peppermint, or even some alcohol for an adult version!
Is there anything better than curling up with a mug of steaming, thick and creamy hot chocolate? This is the ultimate, the KING of hot chocolates… no watery flavor here! Just plenty of luscious chocolate flavor, kissed with optional peppermint, and ready in 5 minutes!
I’ll admit, in the past, I’ve been a hot chocolate mix kind of gal. I mean, it’s so easy to make and keep on hand right? Once you try this homemade version… you’ll go straight to your pantry and throw away those mixes, or at least give them away to someone lol.
Making this amazing drink takes literally 5 minutes, probably 10 minutes if you wanted to make your own whipped cream topping. So sure, it’s a little more time than opening a packet and adding hot water or milk, but not much! And the flavor is tremendously better!
I added a splash of peppermint extract for a light kiss of peppermint flavor in my hot chocolate, but this recipe is fully customizable… add in whichever flavor you’d like. Maybe add in splash of alcohol for a delectable adult treat 😉
Ever the impatient one, I didn’t feel like waiting the few extra minutes to make homemade whipped cream, so I used a spray whipped cream and it definitely hit the spot with some crushed candy canes sprinkled over the top and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
Ahhhhhh can you even stand how tempting that looks!? I literally stopped mid-photoshoot to drink some lol.
Not only is this the perfect drink to make to treat yourself or your family, but just imagine serving this to some guests at a holiday party, or even on Christmas day! I guarantee you’ll be getting a lot of big smiles and people coming back for a refill 😉
** Post has been updated with newer photos and republished
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 cup chocolate chips I used milk chocolate, but use your favorite variety
- 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 - 1 tsp peppermint extract optional
Add milk and half and half to a medium pan and heat over MED heat until simmering around the edges, but not boiling.
Lower the heat slightly, and add in chocolate. Whisk continuously until chocolate is melted.
Add in cornstarch and peppermint extract (if using) and continue whisking until smooth and velvety.
Serve with whipped cream, drizzle of chocolate syrup, marshmallows, peppermint sticks or crushed candy canes.
FOR HOT WHITE CHOCOLATE:
Replace regular chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and continue with the recipe