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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa

This rich and creamy dark chocolate peppermint hot cocoa is the perfect warm drink for those chilly fall and winter nights!
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Servings: 4 8 ounce servings
Author: Lisa Brown


  • 12 oz Heavy Cream
  • 12 oz Whole Milk
  • 3 tbsp Hershey Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp LorAnn Peppermint Oil or peppermint extract for less potent peppermint flavor
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 crushed candy canes
  • dash salt

Whipped topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Using a hand or stand mixer, whisk the one cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract on high for about 3-4 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Heat the 12 ounces of milk and 12 ounces of heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Mix in the dark powdered cocoa, chocolate chips, crushed peppermint, vanilla extract, peppermint oil, and brown sugar.
  • Heat and whisk until hot and fully mixed. Pour and serve!
  • *Note* This is a VERY rich recipe! If it's too rich and chocolatey, simple add more milk or use less chocolate chips. You can certainly adjust the amounts to tast!