This Easy Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe is Perfectly Pink!

This peppermint hot cocoa recipe is like having a warm hug in a mug, with perfectly pink smiles and mint-chocolate kisses. Nothing more perfect on a cold, wintery night!

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Make this easy peppermint hot cocoa recipe for the holidays!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we LOVE having a warm cup of cocoa on chilly nights. Being under a blanket, cuddling with the kiddo, that’s the best thing in the whole world. I seriously live for those evenings. And having a new recipe for peppermint hot cocoa is the perfect way to get ready for those awesome memory-making moments.

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I already know my kiddo is excited too. That’s why we “tested out” this hot cocoa recipe with peppermint, even though it’s not quite what I’d call chilly outside just yet. If you’re ready to get a cup and a cuddle going with a peppermint white cocoa, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make HOt Cocoa with Peppermint Recipe

  • First, always start with your favorite chocolate chips. I don’t mess around. Inexpensive white chocolate is fine in a pinch, but if I’m taking time to make this peppermint hot chocolate with crushed candy canes, I want it to be the best it can be, so I like to use my favorite.
  • I don’t mess around with the milk. Only warm it in a medium saucepan over medium heat. All the mediums. Do not let it boil. Do not let it BOIL. That will ruin this whole operation. So, no scorching the milk, just keep it steamy, even if that means you need to remove it from the heat.
  • If you’d like to make this homemade hot cocoa with peppermint recipe into a kid-friendly recipe that they can make, you can pull the stove out of the equation and add chocolate to a bowl, then microwave in 30-second increments, letting the kiddo do the stirring between each increment. Have the kiddo drop in the crushed peppermints (or use peppermint flavor and food coloring), and, after that’s all melted, let them be in charge of stirring in the milk. Then you can let them top with whipped cream. Total. Mom. Win.
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How Do I Make this Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 4

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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If you ever wanted to know how to make white chocolate peppermint hot cocoa, this quick and easy hot chocolate recipe is perfect for you!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes


  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 4 candy canes
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Extra candy canes for topping + stirring


  1. photo collage of how to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe for Christmas CocoaPlace milk in a large pot, and warm over medium heat. 
  2. While that's heating, crush your candy canes in a zipper bag, using a rolling pin or similar.
  3. When milk starts to steam, stir in white chocolate and crushed peppermints. Caution: do not boil the milk, keep it steamy, but not boiling. 
  4. Stir continuously until the chocolate and peppermint bits are melted.
  5. Remove cocoa from heat and transfer to mugs. 
  6. Top, as desired, with whipped cream and/or extra candy canes.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 0gSugar: 45gProtein: 12g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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