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Easy Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

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Warm up from the inside out when you take a sip of creamy smooth delicious comforting peppermint white hot chocolate. This easy recipe only takes 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make.

Two large glass mugs filled with creamy peppermint white hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and candy cane pieces.

This peppermint white hot chocolate recipe is super easy to make. In just a few minutes you can have a comforting sip of goodness.

It is perfect for a snow day, a great way to warm up on a cold day or a way to just indulge in a little bit of creamy luxury.

The smooth, rich texture gives you all of the best parts of a mug of hot chocolate but the white chocolate leaves plenty of room for a hint of peppermint to shine. It’s not too strong, it’s just right.

white chocolate chips, peppermint extract and candy canes.

We love having white hot chocolate mix in the pantry for a quick warm up. But the truth is we don’t always have it.

So being able to make a quick mug of white hot chocolate from ingredients we almost always have in the house is a must. This recipe is just that, a quick mug of white chocolate goodness.

If you want to leave the peppermint out, you certainly can. But there is something about adding it that makes this an even more festive treat.

saucepan of white hot chocolate with extra white chips, candy canes and spoons nearby.

Just get out your saucepan and a few simple ingredients and you are in business! You can have a warm sip of goodness in no time at all.

So whether you are trying to replicate the Starbucks drink or you just want something creamy and festive, this is the recipe to try. It is the perfect way to warm up and get cozy.

Substitutions and Alterations

We like using whole milk for this recipe. It’s the perfect mix of being creamy without being too heavy.

However, feel free to use whatever milk you have on hand. If you like really creamy hot chocolate you can use half and half.

If you have skim milk, or a non-dairy alternative, they should work too. Use what you have, it is sure to be tasty with any of them.

Glass mug filled with creamy peppermint white hot chocolate.

For a hit of caffeine, add a shot of espresso or some strong brewed coffee. Then you will have a copycat white chocolate peppermint mocha. Yum!

If you like a stronger mint flavor, feel free to add more. Just be careful as it is easy to go overboard on mint extracts, so start with the recipe as written and add just a drop or two at a time if you want more.

You could also change up the flavor all together. Instead of peppermint you could use orange, coffee or a variety of extracts.

Tips and Tricks

This recipe is really super simple to make, so there aren’t a whole lot of pointers to share. However, there are two things to keep in mind to ensure the best hot chocolate.

The first is you want to warm the hot chocolate up over low to medium-low heat. You don’t want to scorch the chocolate or scald the milk.

Mugs of white hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and candy cane bits.

The second is to stir frequently. You don’t want the white chocolate to stick to the bottom of the pot and this will help to get a nice creamy result.

Once the milk is steamy and the white chocolate is melted, it is ready to serve.

We like ours topped with whipped cream and chopped candy canes. But you can serve it plain, with marshmallows or however you like your hot chocolate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store leftover hot chocolate?

If you have leftover hot chocolate, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just warm it up in the microwave or over low heat on the stove when you are ready to enjoy another serving. If it looks like it separated, just stir it back together.

What if I need more or less hot chocolate?

This recipe is very easy to double or cut in half. Just keep the proportions of ingredients the same and you will have a delicious peppermint white hot chocolate.

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Two large glass mugs filled with creamy peppermint white hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and candy cane pieces.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Servings: 5 Servings
Author: Carlee
Warm up from the inside out when you take a sip of creamy smooth delicious comforting peppermint white hot chocolate. This recipe takes just a few minutes to make and is made from ingredients you might already have on hand. It is the perfect cozy winter drink.
4.91 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 4 cups milk whole is preferred but any is fine
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • whipped cream, chopped candy canes, or sprinkles optional for serving


  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, bring milk to a simmer.
    4 cups milk
  • Drop the heat to low and stir in the white chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted in, remove the pan from the heat.
    1 cup white chocolate chips
  • Stir in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.


Instead of white chocolate chips, you can chop 8 oz. of white chocolate bars.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 9gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 126mgSugar: 39g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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