peppermint hot chocolate


Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint hot chocolate is my favorite kind of hot chocolate. I love that it hits on sensations and tastes of both hot and cold, but most of all, I love that it gets me thinking about the holidays – oh let’s be real, it gets me thinking about Christmas. Two months early.

It’s about to get a little personal.

Christmas has become a bit of a sensitive subject in these parts. My beloved boyfriend of close to four years is Jewish, and with a name like Yang Yang, it should go without saying that I’m not. He wants nothing to do with Christmas, and I’m just days away from listening to All I Want for Christmas is You on repeat. Sometimes it feels like we’re living on opposite planets, and then I remember the one area of common ground: we both grew up eating Chinese food the day of. It’s not much, but it’s a start.

So as we talk in circles work out our differences, I’m letting myself go a little crazy with the Christmas cheer this year, because I might not get to a few years from now. Go ahead and file all of that under “stuff you didn’t need to know,” but my intention for sharing was to get a free pass for posting a premature peppermint recipe at the height of pumpkin season. I hope it worked. 

Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints

The real culprits for this hot chocolate are these three items from my latest World Market haul. Have you ever tried Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints? You’re missing out if not. So when I spotted a box and the strategically placed Peppermint Stirrers and Pigsy Dust, I knew I was done for. 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

You know what happened next. And you know it was great.

Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints and Hot Chocolate

Great like these Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints. They’re what got me through studying for my accounting final. How did I do on the actual final? Jury’s still out on that one. Consolation pizza may have been involved. 

If you follow this blog, you also know that I’m a sucker for recurring weekly series. I posted my final #tbt post last Thursday and have been looking to replace it with something else. What are your thoughts on Thirsty Thursday? Because that’s what I’m thinking. Consider this the first post. 

As always, thanks for reading. xoxo. 

peppermint hot chocolate
  1. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together unsweetened cocoa powder, milk and sugar and until well blended and brought to a light boil.
  2. Add peppermint extract. Stir. Sip!
  1. You might want to add the peppermint extract at your own pace. I thought 1/8 teaspoon was perfect, but I like mine extra minty. You might want to do a little at a time, or more if that's what you're into.
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14 Responses to peppermint hot chocolate

  1. Rabah says:

    WHAT. PEPPERMINT JUNIOR MINTS?? I thought those were decorative marbles. This is an incredible discovery. You are wonderful, thank you.

    Also, don’t worry, you’re actually late to the Christmas game compared to retailers. They seem to have skimmed over Halloween AND Thanksgiving this year. šŸ˜

    Thirsty Thursday is perfect. I could only think of Tapas Thursday (for your smaller savory dishes), Taste-Test Thursday (for times you make homemade and obviously tastier versions of restaurant foods), Trimmer Thursday (where you’d indulge the semi-health-nuts like me), or perhaps Thankful Thursday, with which you would honor Thanksgiving year-round. Can you tell what MY favorite holiday is? :)

    • Yang says:

      You are incredible. I love all of your ideas and see no reason why Thursday can’t be all of those things and more.

      I love Thanksgiving too, but still haven’t quite come to terms with the fact that I won’t be home for it this year. Luckily for me, our dear friend Rohini will be joining me in DC.

      I guess I should start googling tofurkey recipes…

  2. Mint and chocolate are one of my favorite combos. I’ve never seen peppermint crunch Junior Mints…definitely have to check them out! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  10. jenny says:

    this was amazing

  11. Janee' H says:

    I buy the Bob’s brand mini canes and use a spoon to smash them up while they are still in the wrapper. I break 2-4 depending on how peppermint-y I want my cocoa. I dump the pieces into my cup with the dry cocoa before I pour in the hot water. I stir like crazy until it is all melted together.

    For an added kick, I’ve occasionally poured in either vanilla coffee creamer or the seasonal peppermint chocolate creamer. Just a little, otherwise it’s too sweet and almost nauseating.

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