Peppermint (Candy Cane) Hot Chocolate Mix

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate MixHomemade Christmas gifts are always the best, in my eyes.  Unless, of course, someone decides to buy me that beautiful new iMac. 😉  But, seriously, I really love receiving homemade presents, whether it’s food, a drink, craft or a handmade card.  I love giving them, as well.

It’s funny how last year we were in the same predicament as this year, where we are in the middle of packing up to move right smack in the middle of the holiday season.  This time, we are only moving to the next town because we bought a house.  Last year, we were preparing to move across the country, yet somehow I managed to put together a few Christmas baskets for some friends.  The baskets included all sorts of homemade yummies.  But, this year, even though our move is much less maintenance, I am unable to do Christmas baskets.  I blame it on my tiny tiny kitchen where even one box takes over the whole space.

I did, however, accomplish a little gift for some family and friends we’ll be visiting this weekend.  I quickly put together my favorite homemade hot chocolate mix, along with a new version with a peppermint flair.  Guess they won’t be surprised if they read this post!  Oops!  🙂  But, I wanted to share this recipe with you so you, too, can include it in your homemade Christmas gifting.Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix 2

The peppermint flavor is somewhat subtle, so even though I think it’s perfect, if you want a stronger minty taste then simply add more candy canes.  If you have a good food processor, it’s really easy to throw this together.  You might inhale some candy cane dust while you’re at it, but ’tis the season, right?  😉

Oh!  And, thanks to one of my wonderful readers, Miranda, for the adorable labels you see pictured!  She is letting me post a printable download for you, too! (I recommend printing on sticker paper.)  These will perfectly fit half-pint mason jar lids, like you see in this post.

Click image above to download printable labels.

Peppermint (Candy Cane) Hot Chocolate Mix

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 to 32 servings

Serving Size: 1.25 oz mix

Homemade hot chocolate with peppermint flair, and made up in just 15 minutes. What a great DIY gift this Christmas!

  • 12 peppermint candy canes (6 ounces), broken into pieces
  • 1 cup instant dry milk
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 10 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate (chopped) or chocolate chips

Working with dry hands, slowly add the candy cane pieces into the feeding tube of the food processor while turned on. Process until the candy cane is a fine powder. (Do not allow any moisture into the food processor, or you'll end up with a sticky mess and a stuck lid.)

Turn the processor off and add the dry milk and brown sugar. Process until smooth, then add the chocolate and process to a fine powder.

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. To serve, mix 3-4 Tablespoons cocoa with 1 cup of hot milk.


There is no cocoa powder in this recipe, but if you would like it a little more chocolaty, try adding about 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder to the food processor and process with the rest. But, if you do this, you will probably want to use more candy canes, as well.


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  1. Nikki, that is so YOU to take time to make gifts for those you love. You are such a sweetheart!

  2. Thanks for posting this! I’m going to make both the peppermint and salted caramel as part of my kids’ teacher gifts. I just want to double-check that there is no cocoa powder in this one? Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah. That’s correct, no cocoa powder in this one. It might just be a taste preference of mine, but you can add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder if you want it more chocolaty. I felt the peppermint came through more without the cocoa powder, yet is still chocolaty enough for me. The less ingredients I have to use, the better! 🙂

  3. Wow, we will enjoy this so much and I must try making it!!!

  4. Great recipes, can’t wait to give them a try

  5. Barbara Tarnor says:

    I am having a cup of the peppermint hot chocolate now! Yummo! Nothing better on a cold Wisconsin day! Thank you!

  6. Hi Nikki!

    I’ve been searching and searching for a better recipe for hot chocolate and I think I found it! You rock! Only problem I have (as with several) is that I don’t have a food processor. Do you think this might be possible with a regular Oster Blender!!? I’m guessing it will not get the peppermint fine enough. 🙁
    Also, since you have brown sugar as the sweetener, I’m guessing I could use Coconut Sugar.

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • Hi LJ,
      I’m have never used an Oster Blender, so your best bet is to give it a try and then come back and let me know how it worked out for you! 🙂 Many blenders could get it fine enough, but you do also risk scratching the bowl, so just be careful and don’t blame me! 😉 As for the coconut sugar, I believe that would be just fine. Again, haven’t used it myself, but now I want to give it a try!

  7. Hey – I’m getting ready to make this (and the salted caramel one) for gifts – how many 1/2 pts does each full recipe make? I could probably do the math, but that would be more helpful to me than how many servings it makes. Thanks!!

  8. Any chance you could e-mail me labels that say Graham Cracker Cocoa? I love your labels, and have made both salted and peppermint from your posts 🙂

    • Hi Sarah,
      Sorry that I can’t help you. One of my readers created these Peppermint Hot Cocoa labels, and the Salted Caramel ones are on my old computer that is in storage. (Along with many videos I have of the kids, so crossing my fingers I can get to that computer soon and move everything!) Unfortunately, I do not have the time to create new ones right now. Sorry again!!!

  9. Hi Nikki

    !’m brasilian . What is peppermint candy canes?


  10. Hi Nikki

    In Brazil I do not know these candy canes
    Thank you for responding so quickly!

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