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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More fun hot chocolate recipes:
- Old Fashioned Stovetop Hot Chocolate
- Hot Chocolate Fudge
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Perfect Hot Chocolate Recipe
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
- 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.
- Drop the heat to low and stir in the white chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted in, remove the pan from the heat.
- Stir in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
- Serve immediately.