Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
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!
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.
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!
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
- 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!
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
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!
- 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
- Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares
- Mini marshmallows, if desired
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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