Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This is one of those recipes that I’m ashamed to post. It’s too easy to count as a recipe.

Last week, I traveled to Utah to participate in some staff meetings for AboutOne. While I was there, I learned of my coworkers’ affinity for a certain flavor of non-dairy creamer.

Not a coffee drinker, I would never have tried the creamer. Working remotely, I would never have become aware of my friends’ obsession for the stuff. I laughed as a local coworker shuttled a visiting coworker around Bountiful, Utah, in search of the magical flavor.

I could not find any hot chocolate mix in our otherwise splendid hotel (free chocolate chip cookies at the front desk 24 hours a day!), or I might have tried the creamer myself.

Having forgotten all about the peppermint mocha creamer, I spied a display of hot chocolate and mini marshmallows at the grocery store after church yesterday.

I found the cheapest variety of milk chocolate cocoa, grabbed a bag of mini marshmallows, and headed for the dairy case. I found a couple of different brands of peppermint mocha creamer, so I picked the cheapest one of those, too.

We always do something to make lunch special on Sundays. Yesterday, it was the peppermint hot chocolate.

While I boiled water, Joe emptied one hot chocolate packet into each of our mugs. Grace filled the mugs part way with mini marshmallows, and I poured in the water.

After the mix was dissolved, I added creamer to each cup. I don’t have any idea how much; I just poured until the cup was full.

peppermint hot chocolate

My first sip was tentative. I thought I didn’t like the concoction. A second sip followed, and then a third. I liked it. I daresay it was delicious.

Trying hard to set a good example, I stopped at one mug full.

I think after the kids are in bed, I’ll have another.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Boiling water
  • Hot chocolate mix (my mom makes a great homemade mix, but I bought some)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Peppermint Mocha non-dairy creamer
  • Vanilla vodka or peppermint schnapps (optional. I can't drink because of a couple of my medicines, but I think this would make an awesome, grown up drink.)
  • Candy cane, unwrapped (I didn't think of this when we were guzzling our hot chocolate, but a candy cane stirrer would be a fun and tasty addition.)
  1. Empty a packet of hot cocoa into a large mug. Add a handful of mini marshmallows.
  2. Pour boiling water into the mug until the mug is about ¾ full.
  3. Stir until the cocoa mix is dissolved.
  4. Pour in creamer (and alcohol, if you're using it).
  5. Drop in a candy cane, stir, and serve.


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  1. says

    Sometimes those simple recipes are the best kind. This looks SO yummy! I’m going to definitely try it! (and the simplicity means it is within my cooking abilities. hehe)

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