When I was in college, my sorority had an annual holiday party with our “brother” fraternity. Our hosts always served hot chocolate spiked with Peppermint Schnapps (among other alcoholic beverages); tasty, yes, but you wouldn’t want to drink more than a few of those doozies. Fortunately, I didn’t overdo it and I still enjoy the chocolate/mint flavor combination.
Then there’s WHITE chocolate & peppermint, which I might like even more. White chocolate is undeniably rich, and the bright peppermint cuts through some of that sweet richness. This version of what has become a holiday classic is lighter but just as delicious and decadent-tasting. It’s perfect for sipping while tree-trimming, watching your favorite holiday movie, and wrapping or unwrapping presents.
Don’t you just want to dive into that perfection?!
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Keywords: simmer beverage dessert white chocolate milk Christmas winter
Ingredients (2-4 servings)
- 3 cups 1% or 2% milk, preferably organic
- 1/2-1 tsp pure peppermint extract (or more, depending on how pepperminty you want your hot chocolate to be)
- 1/2 cup all natural white chocolate chips, such as Sunspire
- whipped cream, optional
- crushed all-natural peppermint candies, optional (available at Whole Foods)
Combine milk, peppermint extract, and white chocolate chips in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking frequently, until the white chocolate is completely melted and the milk mixture is steaming; do not let mixture come to a boil.
Pour into two large or four small mugs; serve topped with the whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies if desired.