Twelve Days of Holiday Treats: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a mug with marshmallows, crushed candy cane and a candy caneWelcome to Day 12 of

The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!

Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!

The recipes I’m sharing are small batch (perfect for this year of smaller gatherings – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats) that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment  so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim. (check out the entire list as well as last year’s treats at the bottom of this post).

Today’s treat is actually a treat for ONE – something to keep you going as you work your way through your holiday list/ attend those (endless) Zoom events online or work your way through a marathon of Hallmark Christmas movies.

There’s nothing quite like a hot chocolate in the winter on a cold day and this recipe is next level for the holidays – with real chocolate, cream, milk and a touch of peppermint essence, finished off with marshmallows and a candy cane it looks and tastes like the holidays and comes together in just a little longer than it takes to make a package version of hot chocolate.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a mug with marshmallows, crushed candy cane and a candy cane

Decadent hot chocolate for the holidays!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 60g (approx 1/4 heaping cup) good quality semisweet chocolate chips
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) skim milk
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) heavy (35%) cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 2 large marshmallows, cut in halves
  • approx 2 tablespoons crushed candy cane
  • 1 candy cane, for serving (optional but fun)


    1. Put the chocolate in a small pot and pour the milk and cream on top. Place the pot over medium-high heat and gently whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.
    2. Whisk in the peppermint extract then turn down the heat to medium and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking constantly. The liquid will thicken slightly as it cooks.
    3. Remove the pot from the heat. Allow the hot chocolate to sit for a few minutes (it will thicken slightly as it cools) and stir before you pour into the mug.
    4. Press the chopped marshmallows into the crushed candy cane, cut side down, and float on top of the hot chocolate
    5. Serve with a candy cane (this will melt quickly, adding even more minty goodness to your drink!).

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Marshmallows and crushed candy cane

Thanks for following along this year!

Check out the rest of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths

Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Day 3: Peppermint Bark

Day 4: Orangettes

Day 5: Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Slice

Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Day 7: Orange Pim’s

Day 8: Mendiants

Day 9: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Day 10: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “truffles”

Day 11: Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Brownies

Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate


Check out last year’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)


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