Don’t you just love winter? Regardless if there is snow or not, I like to curl up by a warm fire, wrap my hands around a mug of something hot (like peppermint hot chocolate – mmm), and read a good book.
My beverage of choice is often creamy hot cocoa. Tea and coffee are staples in my daily routine but sometimes you need a little something more. This time of year I tend to add a bit of peppermint extract.
Peppermint and chocolate: is there anything that goes together better? They are the quintessential treat of the holiday season!
My childhood is packed the memories of peppermint M&Ms, mint chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and of course, instant peppermint hot chocolate. It was the coveted weekend treat during the winter months.
Over the years my taste buds have become more refined, preferring less sugar-ladened treats. I’m a dark chocolate gal now. The weak milk chocolate stuff doesn’t cut it. Neither do the hot chocolate mixes I once loved.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing; have you read the ingredient list recently? Powdered milk, whey, corn syrup, carrageenan, and well as many other fillers often make up packets that so many of us loved.
For many that need to avoid dairy, or prefer to stick to raw dairy, like myself, powdered milk and whey automatically make many instant packets a no-go, even if we were fine with corn syrup and additives.
Often, if you find mixes that are dairy-free they require you to add the mix to a milk substitute. When I think of hot chocolate mix I want one that can be added to hot water, no extra milk required.
So ensued a quest to make an instant dairy-free hot cocoa.
A few years ago I discovered powdered coconut milk. I created my own regular instant hot chocolate mix. I still use it frequently. It is perfect for gifts, taking on trips, or for a last minute lazy cup when I don’t want to make a cup from scratch!
To celebrate the season, it was time to create a peppermint version of my mix. To do that I added peppermint extract. For an extra bit of peppermint flavor, crushed candy canes are added. Cocoa butter gives a creamy feel to the hot chocolate, but if care to leave it out, the hot chocolate will still be quite tasty.
This is still a special treat since this mix does have quite a bit of sugar. If you are feeling like making an extra special cup top it with coconut milk whipped cream, homemade marshmallows, or a candy cane, or all three…
- 1½ cups coconut milk powder
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- ⅔ cup sucanat/unrefined sugar
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup coconut butter, grated (optional)
- ¼ cup candy canes, crushed
- 1 tsp peppermint extract/ 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- ¼ tsp unrefined salt
- Sift or whisk the coconut milk powder, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt together.
- Add the peppermint extract or essential oil.
- Add the mini chocolate chips, cocoa butter, and candy canes.
- Shake until thoroughly mixed.
- Add 3 tablespoons (or amount desired) to mug, pour in 8 oz of hot water. Stir until mixed.
- If desired top with whipped cream and marshmallows.
What is your favourite type of hot chocolate?