This homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa is worth the extra effort!

In our family, Christmas movies and hot chocolate go hand in hand, and we are incapable of having one without the other. Every year we look forward to getting in our PJs and watching all our favorites–The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas….it’s almost like a rite of passage.

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Normally we just go for the little Swiss Miss packets, but this year, inspired by the success of my homemade peppermint marshmallows, I decided to get a little fancy with our hot chocolate. Let me just tell you that it was well worth the small amount of extra effort! My girls declared it the Best Hot Chocolate EVER and have begged me to make it for every movie since. If you prefer brown chocolate you can substitute milk or semi-sweet chips for the white chocolate, but the rest of the instructions are the same!

Minimal ingredients are needed for this homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa.

Here is what you need:

1 12oz bag white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or 1/4 tsp Peppermint Vitality™ essential oil 
4 cups 2% milk (or soy or almond milk)
Peppermint Marshmallows (optional)

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Semisweet or milk chocolate chips can be substituted for the white chocolate chips.

Step 1: Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler.

Add heavy cream and mix until heated through.

Step 2: Add heavy cream to melted chocolate & mix well until heated.

Add peppermint extract and mix well.

Step 3: Add peppermint extract; mix well.

Slowly add milk and whisk frequently until heated through.

Step 4: Add milk, one cup at a time, whisking frequently until mixture is hot. Serve immediately with Peppermint Marshmallows, or keep warm in crock pot.

This Homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa has been declared "the best hot chocolate EVER"!

 

White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa is rich and creamy, and definitely worth the extra effort. It's sure to become a family favorite!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract or Peppermint Vitality™ essential oil
  • 4 cups 2% milk or (soy or almond milk)
  • Peppermint Marshmallows (optional) (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler.

  2. Add heavy cream to melted chocolate & mix well until heated.

  3. Add peppermint extract; mix well.

  4. Add milk, one cup at a time, whisking frequently until mixture is hot. Serve immediately with Peppermint Marshmallows, or keep warm in crock pot.

This Homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa is sure to become a family favorite!