Peppermint Hot Chocolate

TIMEDecember 9, 2021

Aside from roasting marshmallows over a campfire, one of the best ways to enjoy them is dropped into a steaming mug of hot chocolate. This version combines both chocolate and cocoa powder for a richer, deeper flavor. Using mint and vanilla extract to flavor the drink makes this recipe kid-friendly; however, you can always add a shot of peppermint schnapps or a swirl of creme de menthe for the grown-ups.

Serves 4

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • Whipped cream and marshmallows, to serve

Pour the milk into a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar until they dissolve. Then, tip the chocolate chips into the pan and whisk the mixture until they fully melt into the hot milk. Stir in the vanilla and mint extracts, then serve warm with whipped cream and marshmallows.

Jennifer McGruther, NTP, is a nutritional therapy practitioner, herbalist, and the author of three cookbooks, including “Vibrant Botanicals.” She’s also the creator of, a website that celebrates traditional foodways, herbal remedies, and fermentation. She teaches workshops on natural foods and herbalism, and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.