Homemade Peppermint Cocoa Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Cocoa Recipe

Posted on December 10, 2014

Peppermint and Chocolate is easily my favorite Christmastime flavor combo. And it’s best enjoyed in the form of a warm beverage. Plus, I always seem to have a million candy canes laying around that I’m never going to eat and this is an excellent way to use them.

mug of cocoa


The recipe makes a bigger batch—it’s good for company. Leftovers are also great in your morning coffee. Top off a fresh cup of joe with a splash of hot cocoa and you’ve got yourself a peppermint mocha for the road.

candy cane in cocoa drink


Tip: Use the handle of a butter knife to crush the candy cane. Don’t worry if there’s still a few chunks, they’ll dissolve when you heat the cocoa.

Homemade Peppermint Cocoa Recipe Instructions

homemade peppermint cocoa recipe


  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cup milk
  • Whipped cream, chocolate chips, additional candy canes (optional)


  1. Combine cocoa powder, candy cane and sugar in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Whisk in 1/2 cup milk. Slowly heat over medium heat just until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Add remaining milk. Cook and stir until heated through, but not boiling.

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