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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Servings: 4


  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 c. very hot/boiling water
  • 3 1/2 c. milk (I use 2%, but any kind should work)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp. peppermint extract (depending on how much you like peppermint flavor)
  • 1/4 c. half and half
  • whipped cream, for topping


  • In a small saucepan, combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and pinch of salt. Stir in hot water.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla and peppermint extract.
  • Distribute evenly into 4 mugs and stir 1 Tbsp. half and half into each. Top with whipped cream, if desired.


Adapted from Allrecipes.