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peppermint hot chocolate in a mug on a board with toppings sprinkled around.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

A mug of rich warming peppermint hot chocolate made with a beautiful ganache.
Course Dessert, Drinks, Snacks, Sweets
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Setting time 45 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 282kcal



  • 100 g 70% dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 100 g double cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract

To serve:


  • Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until scalded (until small bubbles begin to form) then take the cream off the heat.
    100 g double cream
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate and salt in a bowl and leave to sit for 5 minutes then stir until combined.
    100 g 70% dark chocolate, Pinch of salt
  • Add peppermint extract and stir to combine. Leave to cool and put in the fridge.
    ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Scoop 2 tablespoons or two small balls into a mug with a splash of hot milk and whisk together until melted into a chocolate pool. You can do this in the microwave or in a saucepan over a low/medium heat too. Once melted add more hot milk and sweeten with maple syrup if desired and stir together.
    1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 cup milk of choice
  • Top with your favourite toppings, I used whipped cream, chocolate shavings and marshmallows.


Scalding - scalded milk is heated to 82C/180F (you can use a digital thermometer to help with this). You'll know its close as the milk steams and small bubbles are starting to form but it is not boiling.
Setting the ganache - I’d recommend leaving it to set outside of the fridge as then the ganache will still be soft enough to scoop with a spoon and roll into balls of about 1 tablespoon in size. You can keep it in a tray in the fridge and scoop out what you need when you make your drink, it'll just be a lot firmer to scoop.
Microwave - this is probably the fastest way to make your peppermint hot chocolate, get the ganache and a little milk in your mug and heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until you have a pool of molten chocolate. Add the rest of the milk and heat to the desired drinking temperature.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.6g | Protein: 9.9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.4g | Cholesterol: 38.9mg | Sodium: 171.6mg | Potassium: 480.4mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 17.6g | Vitamin A: 137.4IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 318.3mg | Iron: 2.1mg