For the perfect punch of peppermint flavor that isn’t overpowering (as a splash of extract can often be), swirling a candy cane into your mug of hot cocoa provides just the right touch. Plus, this simple trick for making peppermint hot chocolate makes good use of the abundance of candy canes your kids tend to collect around the holidays. They’ll enjoy having their own personal stirring sticks as much as you’ll enjoy the splash of peppermint schnapps added to your grown-up mug. 

Nicole McLaughlin
Recipe by Well Done


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10 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 6 oz.)


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  • Combine milk, sugar, and cocoa in a medium saucepan over medium-high; cook, whisking often, until sugar dissolves. Stir in chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and salt; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and pour into 4 mugs.

  • Stir each mug with a peppermint stick, allowing candy and flavor to melt to desired minty taste.

  • If desired, stir 1 tablespoon of schnapps into each mug. Top with whipped cream.