Homemade Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream

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Our weather is finally starting to cool off, and I am in HEAVEN.  I’ve missed the crisp mornings and evenings so much since moving from Michigan, and so since the temps have gone lower, I am so happy. It also means that I start baking like crazy (why is it that the weather does that to me??), and thinking about some of our winter favorites. One of those that top the list is Homemade Hot Chocolate. I grew up with hot chocolate being homemade–I don’t think I even knew what a packet of it was (what, you just add water??) until I was in high school or later.  I do use the packets sometimes now for convenience, but nothing beats the homemade version.

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream | simplykierste.com

For us it’s part of our holiday celebrations–every time they come in after playing in the snow, when we make Christmas cookies, after a Christmas outing, at parties, on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and any other excuse we get!

This recipe doesn’t take long at all to make, and everyone you serve it to will think you are a superstar. For reals. I love adding the peppermint cream on top–it’s the perfect complement for the rich & cream chocolate.  If you don’t like peppermint, you can always use plain whipped cream with a little sprinkle of cinnamon & sugar (add it to the hot chocolate, and on top of the whipped cream both), with marshmallows, or plain.  It’s delicious any way you serve it!

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Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 1½ c. milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3-4 c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 candy canes, crushed
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips with the can of evaporated milk. Once they're melted, stir in the four cups of milk and heat through. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Serve with Peppermint Cream!
  2. Peppermint Cream: In a mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until it's just beginning to form soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar (you can do more or less to taste), and beat until incorporated. Add the peppermint extract and crushed candy canes, then beat again until the right consistency. I like to spoon the cream into a sandwich bag, push it down into one corner, snip the corner off of the bag, then pipe it onto the top of the hot chocolate. Sprinkle a few more bits of candy cane on top, and enjoy!


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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

13 thoughts on “Homemade Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream

  1. I just wanted to stop and take a moment to tell you how awesome I think you are. My husband makes fun of me because I can always spot your things (posts, crafts, etc.). Part of it is due to your kinds names and I guess the other part is just how great your stuff is.

    I DIY as much as I possibly can and I owe it to you and your blog. It was the first one I found and I haven’t left since. And you got me hooked on Pick Your Plum.

    I will stop rambling :) I just wanted to wish you a great day and let you know that I look forward to each of your posts.

    1. Ginni, THANK YOU so much for the incredibly thoughtful and kind note. I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you to create–that was the exact reason that made me love blogging in the first place, and it makes all the hours worth it. Just know that I appreciate you too, for reading, and letting me into your home. ☺ I hope you’ll say hi again–I love it! xoxo

  2. This recipe sounds great, and can’t wait to try it. I would also like to know where the really cute mug is from.
    Thanks and happy holidays!!

    1. I found that mug at our local grocery store in Michigan–it’s a Midwest chain called Meijer. I only got two and I wish I would have bought more!

  3. I know what you mean about homemade hot chocolate. I used the boxed stuff until a year or so ago when I found a recipe for homemade. Now my kids won’t touch the boxed stuff!! When I ask them if they want hot chocolate, they always respond, “Homemade?” LOL

  4. I made this hot chocolate for my family to drink while we put up our Christmas tree last night. It got rave reviews! Everyone agreed it was even better than Starbucks!

    1. Yay!!! I’m so glad!!!I’ve always thought so too. :) And I’m itching to get my tree up…can’t wait!!!

  5. how many cups of hot chocolate does this recipe make? Can I keep it warm in a crockpot? It looks yummy, can’t wait to try it.

    1. For my family (7 people drinking it) one batch is just about right. It makes around 6-8 servings, depending on big they are. If I have additional people coming over, I double or triple it.

  6. My kids call this Christmas Coco – and insist on it every Christmas! Thanks for sharing this and all your great ideas!

  7. This looks mouthwatering!! I wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup! You can see it here…http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/30-delicious-hot-chocolate-recipes. :)


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