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peppermint hot cocoa with whipped cream in a white mug
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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Homemade peppermint hot cocoa recipe made with cocoa powder is rich, creamy and perfect for the holidays. Tastes just like a peppermint mocha!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword peppermint hot cocoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 328kcal
Author Dee


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, salt and water until boiling, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to medium, and stir in the milk and cream.
  • Heat mixture until warm, but not boiling, and then turn off heat and stir in the peppermint extract.
  • Pour into large mugs, and top with whipped cream and peppermint candies, if desired.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 1.5mg