Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
This Peppermint White Hot Chocolate recipe is a classic homemade drink that will warm you up when the weather gets cold. The smooth peppermint flavor and rich white chocolate creates a creamy and indulgent drink that’s easy to make for Christmas!
During the holidays, I’m addicted to Christmas movies. Starting in November and lasting through December, it’s a necessity that I watch as many Christmas movies and holiday TV shows as I can!
If you’re familiar with the ABC Family Channel (now Freeform), they’re playing 25 Days of Christmas movies, as they do every year. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I check the channel every night to see what movie will premier.
Sometimes it’s a winner, sometimes not so much. And those cheesy holiday movies on Hallmark or Lifetime channels, I love them! Don’t judge, guys…I just can’t help it!
And then there are those movies that I pop into my DVR player or watch every single time it’s on television. Mainly Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Home Alone (1 and 2), Elf, and Prancer. Tell me you’re like that, too? Whenever those movies are on TV, I just have to watch them, even though I own every single one on DVD!
While I may go into Christmas movie overload, it keeps me in the holiday spirit. I eagerly look forward to coming home from work and relaxing with the hubster, a good movie or show, and a cup of hot chocolate to keep me warm. With the Christmas tree lit in the background, I’m a happy girl.
A nightly routine of mine is to have a cup of tea or hot chocolate in the winter. While I sometimes do that when the weather is warmer, it feels more magical when the cold weather sets in. Hot chocolate is an indulgent treat that I love to sip on while relaxing at night. I love to experiment with new flavors and mixes, whipping up a delicious new combination when the mood strikes.
What Makes This Peppermint White Hot Chocolate So Fantastic:
- This drink is rich, creamy, and oh so delicious!
- It’s a classic drink that will warm you up on a cold, winter night.
- This Christmas drink is a breeze to whip up! It uses white chocolate melting wafers, as they melt better than white chocolate chips
Ingredients in Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
You don’t need many ingredients to make white chocolate hot chocolate at home. Here’s what goes into this recipe:
- White chocolate melting wafers
- Peppermint extract
- Crushed peppermint candies and whipped cream, for topping
Can I Make Use Milk or Dark Chocolate?
I’m sure you can, but I’ve only made this recipe as written so I can’t say for sure. If using milk or dark chocolate, you may need to add more or less peppermint extract to taste.
How to Make Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
While I love traditional hot chocolate, white hot chocolate is like a special treat to me. I don’t have it all that often, but when I do, I savor every last sip. Some may even argue that white chocolate isn’t really chocolate, but hey, I don’t care! It’s just as delicious as the real thing.
Add in some peppermint, and you have a drink that will tickle your toes and warm your nose! Candy cane pieces and whipped cream top this off as a festive treat, suitable for hot chocolate lovers everywhere!
In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over low heat.
Once simmered, remove the pan from the heat and stir in white chocolate and peppermint extract until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
Pour the mixture into two mugs and garnish with crushed candy canes and whipped cream, if desired.
Recipe Variations To Try
- Switch up the toppings! Use shaved white or milk chocolate, or even mini chocolate chips.
- This recipe works just as well with milk or dark chocolate as it does with white chocolate!
- Try using a different type of milk if you can’t handle dairy – soy, oat, or a nut milk would also work.
Tips for Making White Hot Chocolate
- Be sure and heat the milk over low heat. If you try it over a hotter heat it is likely to burn.
- Keep stirring consistently when melting the chocolate into the milk so it doesn’t clump together or burn.
- Taste a little bit of the drink before pouring it into the mugs. Add more peppermint extract if you like a stronger peppermint flavor.
The next time you’re in the mood for a warm drink, skip the boxed mix or coffee shop and try out this Peppermint Hot Chocolate! Full of flavor and warmth, you’ll be making this drink all throughout the year!
Looking for More Christmas Drink Recipes? I’ve Got You Covered!
- Spiced Gingerbread Latte
- Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate
- Cinnamon Vanilla Latte
- Cinnamon Maple Latte
- Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups milk, , any kind (I used 2%)
- 8 ounces white chocolate melting wafers or white chocolate chips, (I used Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers)
- ¾ teaspoons peppermint extract
- Crushed candy canes, , if desired
- Whipped cream, , if desired
- In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over low heat.
- Once simmered, remove from heat and stir in white chocolate and peppermint extract until completely melted and smooth.
- Pour into two mugs and garnish with crushed candy canes and whipped cream, if desired.
Oh my goodness, I love Elf. Can’t resist that movie. And Love Actually is a big holiday favorite for me!
Would love to have some of this around during cozy movie-watching! It’s fantastic. Happy weekend, friend!
Elf is the best! I’ve only seen Love Actually once, but I know a lot of people watch that around Christmas, too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
So not judging on you loving the cheesy Christmas special! I hear ya! I always look forward to watching the old favorites every year – the Charlie Brown Xmas special is my favorite!
And this peppermint white hot chocolate seems like the perfect treat to warm up to in the cold winter evenings! It looks so creamy and comforting! Love it! Have a great weekend, Gayle!!
Glad you can relate to my cheesy movie watching, Ceara! 🙂 A Charlie Brown Christmas was just on TV here last week! Thanks so much for the hot chocolate love! Hope you have a great weekend, too!
This is the perfect cozy treat to go along with all the favorite movies…We kick our season off with Miracle on 34th every year and end with It’s a Wonderful Life…no judging here, my friend!
Miracle on 34th Street is another great movie, Annie! Sounds like this hot chocolate would be the perfect drink for it! 🙂
this sounds and looks amazing! I LOVE that it’s white chocolate instead of dark or milk chocolate really great switcheroo 😉 YUM! have a great weekend Gayle!
Thanks, Michele! I like that the white chocolate gives it a different taste, too. Have a wonderful weekend, friend!
Ahhh….I haven’t seen a single Christmas movie yet. I need to get on the ball and STAT. Curling up to a moving and a big mug of this hot chocolate sounds like a pretty good idea right now!
You must start watching some Christmas movies soon, Liz! Along with a cup of this hot chocolate and some of your eggnog caramel sauce! 🙂
Elf is the ONLY movie I can watch over and over again. Love it! Next time I watch it, I’m making some of this Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. Yum!
Elf is the best! Thanks so much, Christin!
Hot chocolate is the perfect cozy beverage this time of year. Yours looks incredibly tasty! The peppermint and white chocolate make for such a tempting combination. I’m definitely giving this recipe a try tonight!
I love hot chocolate in the winter, warms me right up! Thanks so much for the kind words and for stopping by, Sarah! I hope you love this drink if you try it!
I love cozying up with a good Christmas movie! The Holiday is one of my favorites, and you’ve reminded me I need to add it to my Netflix queue! A warm mug of peppermint hot cocoa is a real treat this time of year. I’ve never had it with white chocolate – got to try this!
I love the Holiday, too! Totally forgot about that movie. I think I might have to watch it now this weekend! 🙂 The white chocolate in here definitely makes this drink extra special. Thanks, Kristine!
I think tonight would be a perfect night for a movie marathon and a few mugs of this gorgeous hot chocolate! Seriously swooning over all the white choc/peppermint action going on!
Sounds like a plan to me, Sarah! Thanks for the hot chocolate love!
I’m all about Christmas music and movies!! love this time of the year! and love this peppermint white hot chocolate. . yummmm!!!
Christmas is definitely the best, especially with some of this white hot chocolate in hand. Thanks, Alice!
Looks amazing Gayle! I need this white chocolate right now! Will definitely try it! I made myself one yesterday, using condensed milk and it was way too sweet for me, but I’m sure I’ll like this one! Pinning to a couple of boards!
By the way I’m addicted to Christmas movies, since this is my favorite holiday!
Have a lovely weekend Gayle!
I’ve never tried hot chocolate with sweetened condensed milk, Mira! I love this drink because it’s not overly sweet, and the peppermint adds a refreshing touch. Thanks so much for the pin! And Christmas movies are the best. Have a wonderful weekend, too!
We love curling up and watching all of our favorite Christmas movies around this time of year too 🙂 A cup of this gorgeous peppermint hot chocolate would be perfect to set the tone, it looks so creamy and delicious! I don’t even think I can wait until our next movie session and I’m dying to whip up a cup right now – yum!
There’s nothing better than curling up and watching a good movie, especially with some of this hot chocolate! I hope you love it if you try it, Kelly!
These looks SO good! We have gotten in to the habit of having a hot chocolate each night and watching a Christmas film too – it’s just a really nice way to end the day. I am definitely going to be trying this one.
Sounds like you’re in the holiday spirit, Dannii! I agree, it’s such a nice way to relax from the day. I hope you love this if you try it!
Peppermint + white chocolate = the best combination! I would love a big cup of this hot chocolate on a cold winter day!
Thank you, Ashley! I totally agree, white chocolate and peppermint were meant to be together!
This is the perfect treat to go with cheesy holiday movies! No judgment here, I love those movies too! I can’t wait to whip up a batch of this warm cozy hot chocolate to have in hand for the next movie. Pinned!
I’m glad you like those movies too, Jen! They just always put me in a good mood. Thanks so much for the kind words and pin!
Oooooh, I could have a mug of this right now! Can’t wait to make this and watch Home Alone!!! 🙂
Love Home Alone! One of the best movies, especially with a cup of this white hot chocolate!
Yum, peppermint white hot chocolate sounds so good right now!
I am also an ABC family christmas fanatic!! Elf was on the other day, which is just amazing & how the grinch stole christmas is on today I believe!
Aren’t those movies the best? Thanks so much for the kind words, Karishma!
I love Christmas movies too! I try and watch 1 a night, but have been really slacking this year. You’ve inspired me to watch one and make this delicious white hot chocolate with peppermint. Sounds so cozy and perfect for Christmas time. Have a good weekend friend!
I haven’t watched as many movies as I’ve wanted to, but luckily we’re only a few days into December! 🙂 Thanks so much for the hot chocolate love, Natalie! Have a wonderful weekend, too!
Mmm white chocolate hot cocoa, sounds so good!! And plus there’s a peppermint twist! Pinned!
White chocolate and peppermint were meant to be together! Thanks for the kind words and pin, Christina!
sounds awesome! White chocolate and peppermint is flavor of the season! Pinned.
Thank you, Manali!
Elf. Elf is everything.
So is this white hot chocolate. Pinned!
Thanks so for the hot chocolate love and pin, Sarah!
We cancelled our cable like two years ago so I miss all of the holiday specials! 🙁 What a bummer! I do love this white hot chocolate, it looks so festive!
Aww that’s too bad! Hopefully you can watch some Christmas movies then! 🙂 Thanks for the hot chocolate love, Annie!
I hear ya! I have to watch Elf every single year. Does it ever get old? Nope. Just like Mariah Carey’s Christmas jams…always good every year. ha! Thanks for sharing this yummy drink recipe!
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching Elf! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Chrysta!
I’m glad it’s not just me with those Lifetime and Hallmark movies! They are really sucking me in this year with their fabulous cheesiness! Elf and Home Alone are always on my list, and I have to have Friday After Next playing in the background when I’m putting up my tree and decorating. Weird choice for Christmas movie, I know! Often I’ll have hot chocolate after dinner for dessert and I can’t wait to make yours. Anything with peppermint is a treat!
Yes! I always have to stop and watch those movies, Leah! Ha ha that’s so funny that you watch Friday After Next when decorating your tree! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, Leah!
This looks like the perfect drink to enjoy with friends by the fire! Yum 🙂
Thank you, Medha!
I’m planning on settling in and watching some Christmas movies tonight… I might have to make this delicious looking hot chocolate, too 🙂
I hope you love this drink if you try it, Sues!
This hot chocolate is calling my name! Love it, love the flavours, so good! Bookmarking to try out! 😀
Thank you, Jess! I hope you try it sometime!
wow what a perfect perfect holiday drink!
Thanks, Caralyn! It’s my favorite hot chocolate drink!
I love anything with peppermint in it! I would love to be sipping on this drink tonight – It’s so rainy and cold here.
Peppermint is my favorite, too! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Mattie!
I am with you Gayle! so far my kids and i have watched Elf, Home Alone 2, Rudolph, Charlie Brown Christmas, and we just watched Polar Express tonight; that would be the perfect movie for this yummy hot chocolate!!
Those are such great Christmas movies, Renee! I love snuggling up with this hot chocolate and watching a festive show.
Christmas Vacation and Elf. Have to watch them when they’re on. Which means every single Christmas. You’re definitely not alone there! This peppermint white hot chocolate looks amazing Gayle!
Love those movies, Stacey! And thanks for the kind words!
I love the movies on ABC Family, and the only way I would love it more would be with one of these hot chocolates! All the flavors of Christmas in one delicious mug! 🙂
Thank you, Marcie!
We just watched Elf on Sunday night and now I am itching to watch the Home Alones, too!! My faves! (Also, Christmas Vacation!!) Christmas movies seriously never get old! This hot chocolate looks amazing and perfect for snuggling up with a movie!
Aren’t those movies the best? I could definitely watch them year round! Thanks for the hot chocolate love, Jess!
This hot chocolate would be perfect for curling up on the couch with a movie!! Love she white chocolate! And I love Christmas movies too but I don’t get to watch them enough. Have you seen The Holiday? I watch it all year round!
Thanks, Lindsey! Yes, The Holiday is one of my favorite movies, too! I watch it whenever it comes on TV!
ABC Family and the Hallmark channel are the best during the holidays! Yay for Christmas movies! 😉 And also yay for this hot chocolate.. It looks sooo goooood!
Thanks, Jocelyn! This drink goes perfectly with Christmas movies!
You have no idea how badly I wish I was sipping on this gorgeous white hot chocolate right now, Gayle! I’ll bet its SO cozy with all that peppermint flavor!
Thanks, Sarah! It’s a favorite of mine this time of year!