Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I’ve professed my love of hot chocolate before, so it should be come as no surprise that it has grown by leaps and bounds now that we live in a frozen tundra where, for instance, this week the high (yes, the high) has not been above zero. As I mentioned on Facebook, hot chocolate has been my best form of therapy.

This recent addition to my arsenal of hot chocolate recipes is astoundingly delicious. Creamy white hot chocolate infused with a touch of peppermint is topped with an ethereal concoction of whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies. Normally, I’d turn up my nose at white chocolate in favor of dark chocolate hot cocoa, but I’m telling you, this stuff is magical. Mid-winter blues therapy has never tasted so good.

P.S. You are right in thinking my crushed peppermint whipped cream looks a bit, well, sorry. I had “helpers” in the kitchen this day and my 4-year old refused to whip the cream another second because he just could.not.wait for a mug of hot chocolate. So the whipped cream turned out a bit soupy and we didn’t care a bit as we slurped up the warm pepperminty chocolate goodness.

P.P.S. I’ve updated two fabulous recipes with new pictures and details (these are from my first days of blogging, scary pictures be gone!). Glazed Buttermilk Cookies and Honey Lime Enchiladas. Yum!

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White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Note: I have only ever used white chocolate bars (real chocolate, not the candy coating or candy melts) for this recipe. I can easily find the Baker's or Lindt brand in my grocery store. If you'd like to use white chocolate chips, go ahead and try it - often times white chocolate chips don't melt as well as the white chocolate bars so I always stick with the white bars of chocolate (usually found above or near the chocolate chips), plus they taste better than white chocolate chips, in my opinion.


  • 2/3 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 6-8 hard red-and-white-striped peppermint candies, crushed
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 ounces white bar chocolate, chopped (see note above)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Additional coarsely crushed peppermint candies for sprinkling, if desired


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream and crushed peppermints until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat. Add the white chocolate to the hot milk and whisk until melted and smooth. Mix in the peppermint extract. Heat until very warm. Ladle the hot chocolate into mugs and top with spoonfuls of whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional coarsely crushed candies and serve warm.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Epicurious

14 Responses to White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  1. Cynthia says:

    A couple of years ago I randomly decided to try ordering this at Starbucks because I can never finish an entire cup of regular hot chocolate. Sadly the rarely ever do it right (confusing it with white chocolate mocha or even giving me just steamed milk BLEH). I can’t wait to try this so I can FINALLY quench my craving. But I might do milk chocolate shavings/syrup on top with the whipped cream, it seems to add a nice contrast whenever Starbucks actually gets it right and then puts these on top. Yumm

  2. Connie says:

    It sounds AWESOME!

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  4. Beth says:

    So, we had to try this today since it was -20. It was very good. I didn’t have any whipping cream, so everyone got a scoop of vanilla ice cream with peppermint candy sprinkles on top. There’s gotta be a silver lining for when the world is this cold. Thanks Mel!

  5. Kara says:

    I just bought a bunch of white chocolate bars on sale. 🙂 I’m gonna have to give this a try, it sounds fabulous!

  6. grace says:

    my ranking in hot chocolate beverages is like this: chocolate < chocolate peppermint < white chocolate < white chocolate peppermint. i think your version sounds FANTASTIC.

  7. Leigh Anne says:

    this sounds so delish! I HEART ho-cho and this would be right up my alley 🙂 Love the part about your kids helping…..mine would do the same thing….such little helpers!

  8. Mel says:

    Hi Karen – thank you for the heads up. I just fixed the links!

  9. Ohhh my! How I love peppermint hot chocolate! I even made a peppermint hot chocolate mix and gave it away for the holidays, it was absolutely rich and wonderful, but it used cocoa powder in the mix. I should try your white chocolate version next!

  10. Shar says:

    Mel, This is the time of year I sort through & re-organize all my recipe books. My binders are loaded with so many of your recipes. If I get an idea for something, I always go to your site first to ‘see what Mel says’. I just wanted to let you know (since I don’t comment often) how valuable your site is & how thankful I am that you share your gifts. 🙂

  11. Teresa R. says:

    I’m in Tennessee so our milder weather does not compare to yours, but we had an ice storm last night. Hot chocolate sounds wonderful! I made your shrapnel dip yesterday and we loved it. I would eat it again for breakfast if any was left!

  12. Karen says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems the links to recipes from one year ago, two years ago and three years ago lead to incorrect recipes!!

  13. I love this! I’ve never had white hot chocolate, but I bet it’s amazing!!

  14. Kim in MD says:

    Oh Mel- you have been on my all week as we are in the midst of an artic blast. Our temps haven’t been above 20 degrees for the past four days, and I have been thinking about you and wondering how you manage in sub-zero weather! Seriously, I can’t get warm and am chilled to the bone everytime I step outside! I guess you get used to it, but I’m looking forward to Monday when it’s going to be a balmy 43 degrees here! This hot cocoa looks delicious and is just what I need today, as we are going to get some more snow this afternoon!

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