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?!
|Name||Peppermint White Hot Chocolate|
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
|Cooking Time||10 minutes|
|Total Time||15 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)
1. Prepare the White Chocolate
Start by finely chopping the white chocolate. This will help it melt smoothly into the hot milk and cream mixture. Set it aside for later.
2. Warm the Milk and Cream
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the whole milk and heavy cream over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until it begins to steam and small bubbles form around the edges of the saucepan. Be careful not to let it come to a boil.
3. Add the White Chocolate
Once the milk and cream are heated, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the finely chopped white chocolate to the hot mixture and stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
4. Add the Flavor
Stir in the peppermint extract and vanilla extract. These will give your hot chocolate that delightful holiday flavor. Adjust the amount of peppermint extract to your preference, as it can be quite strong.
5. Serve Hot
Pour your peppermint white hot chocolate into mugs or cups, and if desired, top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of crushed candy canes, white chocolate shavings, or a fresh mint leaf for a festive touch.
Serve immediately while it’s piping hot. Sip slowly and savor the delightful combination of creamy white chocolate and refreshing peppermint.
- Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more or less white chocolate.
- Use high-quality white chocolate for the best flavor.
- For an extra indulgent treat, you can substitute half-and-half or even heavy cream for some of the milk.
- Be cautious when adding peppermint extract, as it can be potent. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
There you have it – a delicious and warming Peppermint White Hot Chocolate recipe that’s perfect for warming up during the colder months or for spreading holiday cheer at gatherings with friends and family. Enjoy the sweet and minty goodness of this delightful beverage, and don’t forget to share it with your loved ones!
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
- Calories: 330 kcal
- Total Fat: 24g
- Saturated Fat: 15g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 56mg
- Sodium: 73mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 23g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Sugars: 21g
- Protein: 5g
Please note that these nutrition facts are approximate and may vary based on the specific brands and ingredients you use. Enjoy your Peppermint White Hot Chocolate in moderation as a delightful winter treat!