Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

My recipe for homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa is super easy yet flavorful and can be made into adorable DIY edible gifts. Printable recipe cards and gift tags included below!
To me, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without peppermint bark. There’s no other confection that makes me feel instantly festive in every way.

The moment I see the iconic red-and-white stripes of a Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARE is the moment I really start celebrating the season. It’s something I look forward to all year!

My recipe for homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa is super easy yet flavorful and can be made into adorable DIY edible gifts. Printable recipe cards and gift tags included! I just can’t get enough of those SQUARES! That creamy yet crunchy bite is oh so satisfying. Not to mention the refreshing peppermint flavor paired with sweet chocolate. There’s no better way to indulge during the most wonderful time of year.

Whether you find them stashed away in my home office, or loaded up in our Christmas stockings, we take full advantage of the limited peppermint bark season.

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARES

Recently, however, my favorite way to enjoy these heavenly SQUARES has been to melt them into hot cocoa.

That’s right, you can take Peppermint Bark SQUARES and melt them into any hot cocoa. It instantly intensifies your cocoa, giving it a burst of peppermint flavor. What could be better? Cozying up to the Christmas tree with a mug of something warm and sweet is the ultimate way to enjoy the season.

The recipe for the Peppermint Hot Cocoa is down below, but I also have a cute printable recipe card for it you can find here. Maybe you can add it to your holiday recipe book!

If you’re interested in creating adorable Peppermint Hot Cocoa mixes as DIY edible gifts, then here are the basic instructions. They’re perfect for gifting to your neighbors, coworkers, or schoolteachers!

My recipe for homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa is super easy yet flavorful and can be made into adorable DIY edible gifts. Printable recipe cards and gift tags included!

What you see below makes two cocoa mix jars with 4 servings of cocoa each. Gather your ingredients and supplies:

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (85 grams) Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 10 Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARES, chopped
  • Marshmallows
  • 2 wide-mouth mason jars

Combine the sugar and salt. Layer the sugar mixture, cocoa powder, Peppermint Bark SQUARES, and marshmallows in two mason jars. Seal.

Tie a decorative ribbon around the container and attach this printable instructions tag, or make your own. It’s so easy but so pretty!

Making Peppermint Hot Cocoa mason jar gifts for Christmas!

If you make the DIY gift jars or this Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe, be sure to take a picture and tag myself @handletheheat and @ghirardelli on Instagram so we can see and share!

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 10 mins

My recipe for homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa is super easy yet flavorful and can be made into adorable DIY edible gifts. Printable recipe cards and gift tags included below!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (43 grams) Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARES, chopped

For serving

  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares
  • Mini marshmallows, if desired

Directions

In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Heat over medium-low heat. When the cream mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate, and stir, until melted. Divide the hot chocolate among 4 mugs and top with marshmallows.

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If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram with #handletheheat so we can all see!

6 Responses to “Peppermint Hot Cocoa”

  1. #
    Angelica — December 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    This is perfect timing! My daughter wants to make hot cocoa jars for gifts, and this looks like such a delicious mix. What size mason jars did you use?

  2. #
    Wende Wise — December 15, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Hi, Love this recipe but the directions dont state when to add the Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder?

  3. #
    donna jones — December 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    when do you add the cocoa powder?

  4. #
    jumpin' jac — December 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The directions say:
    Combine the sugar and salt. Layer the sugar mixture, cocoa powder, Peppermint Bark SQUARES, and marshmallows in two mason jars. Seal.

    The sugar mixture goes in the jars first, followed by the cocoa powder….

  5. #
    Heidi — December 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Your recipes have become some of our family favorites. This doesn’t disappoint. We discovered Ghirardelli makes these into “chips”. Add them to your favorite chocolate cookie dough recipe and you have a quick holiday cookie.

    • #
      Tessa — December 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

      YUM! I just love that!

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