White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Rich and creamy White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa is one of the best drink recipes you’ll try this holiday season!

We like to serve this hot chocolate with some yummy Christmas cookies, like Shortbread Cookies or Gingersnaps.

Peppermint hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and crushed candy cane

White Chocolate + Peppermint = Perfect Pair!

I’ve said it before… I love me some White Chocolate! I think it pairs really well with so many things. Milk Chocolate, Fruit, Caramel, Pretzels, the list goes on. One thing I love mixing it with is Peppermint. And what better time of year than now to enjoy the combo?!

That is why today we are sharing a recipe for White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa!

I admit this drink is my new favorite holiday beverage. It is so decadent and delicious and would be perfect served at a Christmas party or even enjoyed while caroling. The kids especially loved this hot cocoa and were excited that candy canes were involved.

We also like to gift hot cocoa to neighbors and friends, so if you’re looking for ideas on how to do that, be sure to check out: Hot Cocoa Jar Gift OR Hot Cocoa Mug Gift. I think they’d be a huge hit!

How to Make It

HEAT. Over medium low heat, combine half & half, white chocolate, peppermint extract and vanilla in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Cook 15 minutes or until chocolate is melted and heated through.

TOPPING. Beat whipping cream in a bowl at high speed until thickened. Add powdered sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Pour hot chocolate into mugs; top with whipped cream and peppermint candies, if desired.

If you are feeling extra domestic I would suggest you try making these  Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows. They would be another wonderful topping for this hot cocoa drink!

What brand of Chocolate? When I made the recipe for this post I used the Ghirardelli brand. However, I have made this with other brands and it came out just as great.

MAKE IT IN THE CROCK POT

In a smaller crock pot add the half and half, peppermint extract and vanilla. Stir in the white chocolate Chips. Cook on HIGH heat for about 1 hour or LOW heat for 2-3 hours or until the chocolate has melted. Change the crock pot setting to WARM while serving.

Peppermint hot chocolate recipe in a glass mug

SERVING & STORING

Keeping chocolate warm: Whether you’re planning to make this for a large gathering or you want to keep a mug hot for yourself there are a few things you can do:

  • If you just need to keep a small amount warm use a drink thermos. This is perfect for when you’re out and about on a chilly day.
  • For a large amount you can use an insulated beverage dispenser. You can purchase stainless steel ones, but if you’re not concerned about looks then use one of those large orange igloo jugs. Many people already have those on hand. 
  • My favorite is to keep the hot chocolate warm using a crock pot set to warm.

Storage: Hot cocoa can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Warm it up and serve. Do not let cocoa sit out for longer than 2 hours.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Rich and creamy White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa is one of the best drink recipes you'll try this holiday season!
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 741 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Half & Half
  • 8 oz white chocolate chopped
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Chopped peppermint candies

Instructions
 

  • Over medium low heat, combine half & half, white chocolate, peppermint extract and vanilla in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Cook 15 minutes or until chocolate is melted and heated through.
  • Beat whipping cream in a bowl at high speed until thickened. Add powdered sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  • Pour hot chocolate into mugs; top with whipped cream and peppermint candies, if desired.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    We made this over the weekend because my husband doesn’t like chocolate but can handle white chocolate. It was so yummy! Perfect got chocolate recipe for the family while we watched a movie.

  2. 5 stars
    We love making this in my family!!! My kids used to get it from Starbucks whenever we would go there but now we just make it at home. We think it’s way better than Starbucks and I love that it’s so much cheaper too!!!