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Peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream in a glass mug.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

You can make a warming cup of peppermint hot chocolate at home with just a few pantry staples and a candy cane. No special extracts or syrups needed.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 243kcal
Author Tracy


  • Zip top bag
  • Rolling pin or meat mallet


  • 1 full-size candy cane *
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (5g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup milk any percentage
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream optional for topping
  • Mini marshmallows optional for topping


  • Place candy cane in a zip top bag and use a rolling pin or meat mallet to crush the candy into small crumbs.
  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine candy cane pieces, sugar, cocoa powder, and water. Stir until sugar and cocoa powder are smooth and candy cane has mostly dissolved.
  • Add milk and salt and stir. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches your desired temperature and candy cane has completely dissolved.
  • Pour into an 8-ounce mug and top with optional whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
  • Enjoy!


*One large candy cane is equal to about 3 or 4 minis.
Microwave instructions: Make sure to crush your candy cane extra finely if you’re going to make this in the microwave. Combine cocoa powder, sugar, crushed candy cane and water in a mug. Stir until well-mixed and microwave for 15 seconds.
Stir until candy cane pieces are mostly dissolved before adding the milk. Microwave 1 minute to 1 ½ minutes, until steaming, and enjoy!


Calories: 243kcal