A warming drink, chocolate and candy canes - could this be any more festive? This lightened up Peppermint Hot Chocolate has less sugar than most and that hint of peppermint is sure to get you in the festive mood. Kids will love to decorate this Christmas hot chocolate with peppermint too.
About this peppermint hot chocolate
Whilst we love relaxing at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine, there is just something about a warm mug of hot chocolate that fills us with joy and takes us back to being a kid again. Settle down on the sofa on a cold winter night with a mug of something that whole family will love.
Peppermint is such a classic Christmas flavour and once those candy canes hit the store, you know the festive season it here. Mint and chocolate go so well together, this peppermint hot chocolate will have you in the festive mood.
We have used honey to sweeten this peppermint hot chocolate recipe a little, without it being overly sugary and it's under 200 calories a serving. Having a kids Christmas party? Serve these Christmas hot chocolates up as part of a hot chocolate station and they will be a hit!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Skimmed milk - This keeps the peppermint hot chocolate recipe a little lighter, but you could use full fat milk to make it even creamier. You could swap it for almond milk for a vegan version.
- Coconut milk - This adds so much creaminess, and it isn't too over powering with the coconut flavour. We used light coconut milk to keep it lower in calories, but you could use full fat which would be creamier.
- Honey - Just a little honey adds some sweetness to it. You could use maple syrup instead and feel free to adjust it if you want it sweeter.
- Cocoa powder - Where all the chocolatey flavour comes from! We used unsweetened cocoa powder and a really good quality one will make a difference.
- Peppermint extract - Make sure you use extract rather than essence, as it will have a more natural flavour. You can use peppermint oil too, but it is a much stronger flavour.
- Whipped cream and candy canes - These are optional, but we find that they really finish off the peppermint hot chocolates and add to the Christmas vibe.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make peppermint hot chocolate -Step by step
One: Put the skimmed milk and coconut milk into a pan and bring to the boil.
Two: Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes.
Three: Pour into mugs and top with cream and crumbled candy canes.
If you are hosting a Christmas party and want to have something festive and non-alcoholic to serve up, then these peppermint hot chocolates would be perfect. Equally, a little glug of Baileys or something similar would go really well in this.
Hot chocolate toppings
Want to take this peppermint hot chocolate to the next level? Load it up! Toppings are a must if you are making a serve yourself hot chocolate bar. Here are some of our favourite topping options:
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate shavings
- Chocolate chips
- Caramel syrup
- Chocolate syrup
- Orange zest
This is the ultimate Christmas hot drink, so why not serve it up some one of our festive sweet treats:
- Christmas Tree Brownies
- Healthy Christmas Cookies
- Gingerbread Cupcakes
- Cinnamon Flapjacks
- Christmas Cheesecake
- Cranberry Orange Muffins
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you certainly can. You can swap the whole milk for almond, cashew or oat milk. You can either leave the whipped cream out or swap it for a vegan version.
Yes, if you have any leftovers, then it can be kept in the fridge until the next day. It is delicious cold, like a milkshake, or you can heat it up on the hob.
More Christmas drinks
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 400 ml (1.5 cups) Skimmed milk
- 100 ml (0.5 cups) Light coconut milk
- 2 tablespoon Honey
- 2 tablespoon Cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint extract
- Whipped cream and candy canes - optional
- Pour 400 ml Skimmed milk and 100 ml Light coconut milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Stir in 2 tablespoon Honey, 2 tablespoon Cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon Peppermint extract and turn down to a simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pour into mugs and serve with Whipped cream and candy canes (optional).
- Use whipped cream and candy canes to make this hot chocolate a little more indulgent, or you can just leave them out.
- We used a mixture of skimmed milk and coconut milk, but you could use just skimmed milk to make this lower in calories.
- Want to keep this vegan? Use almond milk and swap the honey for maple syrup.
- To make this even more indulgent, then you can melt some dark chocolate in to it rather than just using cocoa powder.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.