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5 from 2 votes

Peppermint (Candy Cane) Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade hot chocolate with peppermint flair, and made up in just 15 minutes. What a great DIY gift this Christmas!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 24 to 32 servings


  • 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.


Serving: 1.25g