Spicy peppermint hot chocolate recipe

As soon as the winter months arrive, the craving for peppermint hot chocolate kicks in.   I was playing in the kitchen last week, and I came up with a Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe that is super versatile and soooo yummy!  I’m happy to share it with you – I tiny token of my appreciation for following my blog and always being so supportive!

Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter. This is a super versatile recipe and perfect for the winter months!

 

The ingredients for this recipe are easy to find; I used what I had on hand.   1% milk, half and half, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, candy canes, chocolate chips and a jalapeno.  See recipe further below for exact amounts.

Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter. This is a super versatile recipe and perfect for the winter months!

 

You can swap out ingredients for just about everything.  If you don’t have candy canes, try peppermint extract or another peppermint candy.  Perhaps Peppermint Schnapps?  Use whole milk, nonfat milk, or half and half – whatever your diet allows or what’s in the fridge.  If you don’t have chocolate chips, use any kind of chocolate candy.  I used jalapenos to provide the heat, but you could add cayenne pepper instead.  It’s good with a shot of espresso, too!  I don’t like mine super sweet, so there is room for more or less sugar.

 

Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Julie Cefalu

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips mini or regular
  • 4 small candy canes broken, about 1/4 cup
  • 1 jalapeno sliced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan.  Use a small whisk to stir.  Bring to a simmer, stirring until the chocolate and candy canes have melted.

    Remove jalapenos or use a strainer before pouring into mugs.

    Serve with a large candy cane to stir.

Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter. This is a super versatile recipe and perfect for the winter months!

 

I hope you have a mug rug handy, because it really adds to the pretty picture.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve got to have a mug rug with any hot drink.  I think it makes everything taste better.  The one shown above is from my Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial.

This Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a real treat and a luxury that you deserve.  It will get you through the cold weather with a smile on your face and a warm tummy, too!

Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter. This is a super versatile recipe and perfect for the winter months!

Our gang will be traveling to the Seattle area for Christmas to visit our daughter there.  Unless I sneak in another post before we leave, I’ll be back after the holidays to share my plans for 2018.  I wish you and your family a Christmas that is merry and bright (and a little spicy, too)!

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

9 thoughts on “Spicy peppermint hot chocolate recipe

  1. Julie, your Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try it! It seems like a wonderful blend of flavors. A perfect afternoon sewing refreshment. Have a wonderful time in Seattle with your daughter and family. Merry Christmas.

    Susan

  2. Thanks for the hot chocolate recipe. I love the quilt in the background of your your picture, very wintery and cosy looking.

  3. What a great recipe! Enjoy your holiday in Seattle; are two in Seattle are headed down here.

    But I must tell you that you saved me a lot of grief this week. I committed to making 4 to 12 placemats for my daughter to give as a wedding gift for a late December wedding. After a couple false starts I remembered something you did As a tutorial for the self binding tool. With a few tweaks to get the 11 x 16 maximum size figured in I’ve got 12 placemat tops waiting for the backing (which I will get tomorrow after Double Delight) and the quilting. Easy easy placemats.

    Jan

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