Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate takes traditional hot chocolate to the next level with the addition of the flavors of mocha, peppermint, and some optional Irish cream. Top it all off with Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream and Marshmallows for an unbelievable sweet treat.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Happy December! For me, a few things come with December – getting the lights up on the house, putting the tree and accompanying house decor up, holiday tunes, and the combo of chocolate+peppermint.

Kevin got the lights up a couple days after Thanksgiving, and really no one is better at it than he is. I told him that he is the best ever Christmas light putter upper and we joked about that being his new business name. We have the most perfectly straight, evenly spaced lights on our house. It looks so pretty!

We got the tree up, but haven’t decorated it yet or put all of the rest of the inside the house decor up. I am hoping to get that done this weekend when all the kids are here together with us. I think we are going to end up with 2 trees decorated, one in the front room and one upstairs in the large hallways between the boys’ rooms and the game room.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

I love having a pretty decorator style tree and Kevin traditionally has lots of ornaments that are mostly personalized. Logan, Madeline, and I have a few of those, too, because a couple of years back I started buying my kiddos each a new ornament every year to symbolize something about them for that year. We had an extra mini tree that we would put those ornaments on.

I’m curious how many people have decorator trees vs. personalized trees, or if many people put up 2 trees (one of each). We always had a personalized tree growing up, and for whatever reason I didn’t really love it. Even though individually I loved some of the special ornaments…I loved the way a decorator tree looked more so I always wanted to have that.

And now for the chocolate+peppermint.  The way peppermint pairs with rich chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet chocolate is one of my seasonal favorites, and for some reason all things candy cane signify winter and the upcoming holiday season to me…as soon as December 1 hits!

You may have seen my Instagram teaser earlier featuring crushed candy cane and some super cute candy cane swizzle sticks. I was going through the photos for this Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate recipe and loved the way the candies looked on the white marble.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

It is finally starting to feel like winter here in Colorado after an unusually long, warm, and sunny fall. It is always a little bit of a shock to the system when the weather finally switches over, especially after such an extreme like that (there were days with 80 degree highs a couple of weeks ago). But, I’m definitely going to embrace the winter temps if it means I get to turn on the fire place and cozy up with a book while drinking warm winter drinks like this Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate. Or, blast my favorite seasonal tunes from the kitchen so I can sip and sing while I’m cooking or working.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate is the perfect seasonal delight! Don’t worry, you can make it without the Irish cream if you are serving anyone under drinking age or if you don’t consume alcohol and it tastes just as fantastic.

For an extra rich, dessert-like mug of joy, top your drink with a dollop or swirl Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream. You can add homemade whipped cream to a piping bag if you want to get some nice swirls like you would when piping cupcakes with buttercream.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Then, try adding these homemade chocolate-dipped marshmallows. Seriously, if you’ve never tried homemade marshmallows, try them at least once. They are amazing even if they are an extra step. Or if you’d like a simpler method, temper chocolate and dip store-bought marshmallows in the tempered chocolate, then sprinkle in crushed candy canes.

If you’d like to recreate this special treat at home, be sure to check International Delight’s product locator to find a store near you that carries the Peppermint Mocha variety creamer. They also have a few other fun seasonal flavors too!

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

More Holiday Drink Recipes

December is the perfect time to enjoy seasonal sips, whether you’re enjoying them by the fireplace or Christmas Tree as you cozy up with a good book or serving them at a holiday get together. Here are a few more favorites that we love:

Traditional chocolate hot cocoa is steeped with peppermint herbal tea to create this Candy Cane Hot Cocoa.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte featuring real pumpkin, can be whipped up in just a few minutes for you to enjoy and warm up with this holiday season.

Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider is a twist on the classic mulled apple cider with the addition of fresh pomegranate juice.

Salted caramel and chocolate pair so well together, so why not put them together and enjoy a mug of this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate  like hot chocolate, but with white chocolate instead, plus the addition of real pumpkin puree and your favorite pumpkin spice flavors. Ok, so it isn’t really anything like hot chocolate, but it is so good!

Christmas Wassail is a classic this time of year. Apple cider, orange juice, and cranberry juice are spiced with  plenty of cinnamon and cloves for a holiday treat.

What are your favorite seasonal drinks?

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves 4

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate takes traditional hot chocolate to the next level with the addition of the flavors of mocha, peppermint, and some optional Irish cream. Top it all off with Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream and Marshmallows for an unbelievable sweet treat.

Ingredients:

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup International Delight Peppermint Mocha Creamer
  • 5 1/2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips or Finely Chopped Chocolate Bar
  • 3 tablespoons Irish Cream, optional
  • Optional Garnishes: Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream, Marshmallows, Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes

Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream

 

Directions:

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Add the whole milk, International Delight Peppermint Mocha Creamer, and chocolate to a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, whisking constantly.

Once the mixture reaches a simmer,  continue to simmer for about 1 minutes, while whisking. Turn off the heat, and stir in the Irish cream, if using.

Serve immediately, topping with whipped cream and other accompaniments if you'd like.

Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cream and whip using the wire whisk attachment until the cream begins to thicken.

Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks have formed in the cream.  Slowly add the International Delight Peppermint Mocha Creamer and continue whipping until medium peaks have formed, approximately 2 - 3 minutes.

 

Notes:

Do not serve alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21. This recipe can be prepared without the Irish cream for serving to minors, or anyone who does not consume alcoholic beverages.

Tip: if you want extra frothy hot cocoa, run it for about 20 seconds on high in the blender before serving!

 

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