Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix. The perfect little holiday gift for your loved ones!

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Today is the first day of the last month of the year. I cannot believe how quickly this year went by, where did the time fly? I seriously feel that 2014 just started. Time scares me at times, it flies way too quickly. Anyway December is everyone’s favorite month here for obvious reason, it’s Christmas time! 🙂 I love how everything looks so festive and beautiful here around the holidays. Just day before I saw fake snow flakes shower with beautiful music at the shopping mall, it looked so so pretty.

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chococlate Mix

One of the things that everyone looks forward to during holidays is gifts! Our biggest festival in India is Diwali and everyone’s house is loaded with gifts during that time of the year. While people gift each other all sorts of gifts, the most common one has to be “food gifts”. Sweets, chocolates, cookies, dry fruits are exchanged in huge amount, like really huge. I think it’s the same here for Christmas, the shopping has already begun and everyone is busy buying/planning gifts for their loved ones. While all gifts are great, I feel homemade food gifts are the best. The personal touch makes them extra special. Don’t you agree?

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

There are so many options when it comes to food gifts – cookies, bread, granola, jams etc etc. but one of my personal favorites is hot cocoa mix. I mean who doesn’t love/want hot cocoa during cold freezing days? And it’s even better when you add some peppermint to it, after all mint and holidays go hand in hand.

This peppermint hot cocoa mix is just the perfect little gift for your loved one. It’s easy to make and requires few simple ingredients which you might already have in your pantry. The only challenging part for me was sifting the cocoa powder. I kind of dislike sifting so it’s a task for me to sift and mix everything together but once the mix is ready and you pack it into cute little jars, the effort seems worth it. You can decorate the jars with cute ribbons and even but a homemade sticker/tag on top. Cute, isn’t it?

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

These cute jars filled with peppermint hot cocoa mix are the cutest gifts you can give someone this holiday season! To make hot chocolate, just add 2-3 tablespoons of the mix to 6 oz of water/milk/half & half. I always use 1/2 milk and 1/2 half & half for my creamy and rich hot chocolate. Top with some whipped cream and enjoy!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

* I added just enough crushed peppermint candy to have a subtle mint flavor in the hot cocoa. If you want a stronger mint flavor, add more peppermint candy to the mix.

* Chilling the chocolate chips before pulsing them in the food processor is not essential but recommended since they might melt slightly in the processor if not chilled.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

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Servings: 4 cups
Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix. The perfect little holiday gift for your loved ones!


  • 1.5 cups instant dry milk milk powder
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar also known as powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy
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  • Keep semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile sift unsweetened cocoa powder and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together dry milk and confectioners sugar.
  • Add the sifted cocoa powder to it.
  • Transfer the entire mixture into a food processor. Take out semi sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips from the refrigerator and add them to the food processor as well.
  • Pulse will everything is well combined and smooth. The chocolate chips should be completely broken and powdered.
  • Add the crushed peppermint candy and give a final pulse.
  • Store peppermint cocoa mix in airtight containers or pack them in small jars as gifts.

To Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint hot cocoa mix to 6 oz milk/water/half and half.


Calories: 801kcal, Carbohydrates: 110g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 1139mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 88g, Vitamin A: 465IU, Vitamin C: 4.1mg, Calcium: 524mg, Iron: 4.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix


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  1. Your photos!! OMG I want to pin them all just to look at them! Stunning as always, Manali! And the cocoa mix sounds perfect for Christmas and winter! I can’t believe 2014 is almost gone too. I am still kind of in shock!

    1. Aww thank you Lindsey! Coming from such a talented photographer, it means a lot 🙂 And I can’t believe either that 2014 is almost over!! Crazy!

  2. Food gifts are always nice to give and receive. This hot chocolate mix makes a wonderful gift!

  3. Manali, this hot chocolate mix is excellent.. I love the minty touch to it.. amazing !! 🙂

  4. This is definitely the flavor for the holidays. I love this gift food idea! Sounds awesome, Manali!

  5. Thanks Stacey! Looking forward to your hot cocoa mix recipe! 🙂 I know that happens sometimes that we end up posting the same thing!

  6. This hot cocoa mix sounds amazing, Manali! Love the warming peppermint flavour, these are brilliant gift ideas for friends!

  7. Yes Diwali is all about FOOD Sarah! You should visit India during that time of the year, it’s crazy!! Glad you like the recipe!

  8. Peppermint anything is such a great gift idea this time of year – I say I’m going to make this mix for others but I’ll probably drink it all myself!