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Candy Cane White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

This rich and warming White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha gets its peppermint flavor from crushed candy canes. No peppermint extract needed.

Course Beverage, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 399 kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1 Large candy cane
  • 1 cup milk any percentage
  • 1/3 cup strong coffee or espresso
  • 3 tablespoons (1.5oz) white chocolate, chopped (high-quality chips are fine*)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar or to taste

Optional Toppings


  1. Place candy cane in a plastic bag and use the bottom of a cup or meat mallet to crush it into small pieces.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine milk and crushed candy cane. Heat milk, whisking occasionally until milk begins to steam.

  3. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate, and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted and candy cane pieces dissolved. 

  4. Add coffee or espresso to a 12-ounce mug.  Whisk the milk and chocolate mixture vigorously (or use an immersion blender to process) until frothy. Pour over coffee. Add sugar to taste.

  5. Top with whipped cream and more crushed candy cane if desired and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Be sure to use high-quality white chocolate that you enjoy the taste of. I find that cheap chips that I'm happy to eat in cookies are not ideal for flavoring white-chocolate drinks.

Approximate nutritional information does not include optional whipped cream and was calculated using 2% milk.