Peppermint Hot Chocolate w/ Marshmallow

by Kiran on December 13, 2011 · 101 comments

in Beverages

What do you do when appetite is so down yet the idea of chugging mugs of hot chocolate seems the best possible way to combat cough, runny nose, congested chest and fever?

Make. It. ASAP.

Did I actually need any more reason or convincing?

Hot chocolate is usually made with warmed milk. That’s one of the most important ingredient. But I just couldn’t fathom drinking mugs of milk.

Just the thought of it makes me gag. Sorry folks.

Promise I won’t hold anymore grudges against milk as soon as I am well.

Alternative? Well, there’s almond/soy/coconut milk. Pick whatever works with your belly.

And dive into the chocolaty goodness.

Just don’t forget to thank me later. Once you are sober from the overdose of this chocolaty deliciousness.

Alright, I’ll stop blabbering, get on with the recipe and my 5th dose of hot chocolate mug of the day.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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  • 2 cups of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking bar
  • 1 oz bittersweet (60%) chocolate baking bar
  • 2 heaping tbsp freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder


  • whipped cream
  • crushed peppermint starlight mints
  • mini candy canes
  • dusting of cocoa powder
  • toasted marshmallows


  1. Heat milk in a saucepan on medium to low.
  2. Once milk begin warming up, add cocoa powder. Stir to combine.
  3. Throw in semi & bitter sweet chocolate bar and whisk till chocolate melts.
  4. Add coffee and cinnamon powder, whisk to avoid milk from scalding.
  5. Remove hot chocolate from heat to cool off for a few minutes.
  6. Serve hot chocolate with toppings as suggested or to your hearts desire.
  7. Sip and enjoy with your loved ones :)


So, ever since I begin taste-tasting many unique and unfamiliar ingredients, I’ve always been surprised with the results. I’ve been liking it so far :) Marshmallows were never consumed before. And if you haven’t, please oh please get some and put it in your mouth. Pronto. You’ll love it.

Next on my list : S’mores :) People seems to rave about it all the time. What’s on your list?

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1 Divya @flavourfiesta December 13, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I want to dive into the chocolaty goodness. This is the perfect holiday drink!
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2 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Thanks sweetie — I almost dived in myself 😀


3 Harsha December 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Aww! Kiran, it looks so yummy! Very beautiful presentation. Any plans for MasterChef US or India? Plan now!
Drink more mugs of hot chocolate and get well soon dear! 😀
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4 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Thanks sweetie — not qualified for Masterchef in US or India. But thanks for the encouragement :)

I am well now!


5 Kath December 13, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I need to make my own hot chocolate – I have 3 big homemade marshmallows!
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6 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Make it now!! Don’t forget to add some freshly brewed coffee — it intensifies the flavor of chocolate :)


7 chinmayie @ love food eat December 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I want a HUGE mug of this now!! so much better than ice-cream for winter night dessert :)
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8 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM

If only hot chocolate’s are portable :)


9 Baker Street December 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Gorgeous presentation! I’d like my share now. 😉
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10 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Baker Street,

Thanks honey — let’s exchange with your kahlua brownies, shall we? 😉


11 Em (Wine and Butter) December 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

OOOH! I love the idea of putting candy canes in hot chocolate!! I’d nearly forgotten about them – u know they barely have them here in the UK!!!
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12 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM

No candy canes in the UK? I want to send you some. Email me your address :)


13 Asmita December 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Looks so inviting, just the perfect drink for the chilly weather. YUM!!!
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14 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


15 Ashley - Baker by Nature December 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Welcome to peppermint chocolate dream town! Wowzers – so much deliciousness going on here!
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16 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Thanks sweetie — I am so glad I topped the hot chocolate with peppermint crunch :)


17 sophia December 13, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Eeee! That looks wonderful!!! If only my local coffeeshop sells hot chocolate just like that!
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18 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Thanks sweetie! If only I could open up a hot chocolate-only shop :)


19 Barbara | Creative Culinary December 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yum, just love this; looks gorgeous and sounds delish too!
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20 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


21 aame December 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Wow…naam sunte hi yummy laga tha…and the pics make it all the more irresistible …cant wait to have one !!!
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22 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :)

Do try this simple recipe and let me know how it tastes!


23 Magic of Spice December 13, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Sorry that you are not feeling well. Your hot chocolate looks irresistible, beautiful photos :)
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24 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Magic of spice,

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting. I am feeling better now, thanks to the hot chocolate 😀


25 Yummy Morsel December 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Looks like you have totally read my mind! I had hot chocolate next on my list :-) What can be better than a mug of hot chocolate this season? Take care!
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26 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Yummy Morsel,
Thanks, I am feeling so much better. The hot chocolate had to do with it, I am sure :)


27 DessertForTwo December 14, 2011 at 12:35 AM

You’re making me crave hot chocolate! :)


28 Kiran December 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I want a mug (of two) now as well.


29 Liana Jacinta December 14, 2011 at 1:36 AM

Babe!! I’m falling sick now jz thinking I can’t hv ur “long name” hot chocolate!! Cum bk n make mugs of it pleazzzzzz!! so much of effort for such delicious looking chocolate!! I doubt i hv tat much of patience so will jz wait for u to come bk. oh cone bk for an xtra week jz for me! Stay in my plc n make all d delicious food/drink/cakes u make!! Me love ur mini mug!


30 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Haha! Love and miss you, babe :)


31 Sanjeeta kk December 14, 2011 at 7:31 AM more tempting can it go…love to have a big sip from that galss!
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32 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Thanks, sweetie.. It’s a temptation for sure 😀


33 Sophie December 14, 2011 at 9:21 AM

What a great alternative & festive almond milk hot chocolate!
I love it so much! Thanks for sharing with us! 😉
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34 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

You are so welcome! Do try it and let me know how it tastes :)


35 lisaiscooking December 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I’m not a huge fan of regular milk, so almond milk sounds perfect. And, this looks so delicious with the toasted marshmallow on top!
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36 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Thanks sweetie — am not a big fan of regular milk as well :)


37 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness December 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I am making this ASAP! You’re right. AMAZING!
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38 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

How did it tastes? 😀


39 Juliana December 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Kiran, this is perfect for the season, love the festive look and flavor.
Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)


40 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Thank you — and have a great weekend, sweetie :)


41 Charissa December 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Awww, we both put up a peppermint hot cocoa recipe today! That’s too fun! Great minds think alike!
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42 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting!

You are so right — great minds think alike 😀


43 Carolyn Jung December 14, 2011 at 5:36 PM

When I have a head cold, there is nothing I want more than a big mug of hot chocolate. Is that wrong? LOL But it just soothes and satisfies like nothing else. And darned if I don’t feel better before the last drop is gone. 😉
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44 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I agree with each and everything you’ve said 😀


45 Glamorous Glutton December 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Great hot chocolate recipe, really Christmassy. I love the addition of the peppermint cane. GG
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46 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Thanks sweetie. Candy cane’s are so underrated. I love pairing it with chocolates :)


47 Simply Life December 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM

the perfect winter drink!


48 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

No doubt :)


49 magiceye December 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM
50 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM

So true!


51 Ira Rodrigues December 14, 2011 at 10:59 PM

its kind of chritsmasy stuff, i like the idea of peppermint included in the ingredients, i can imagine how delicious this drink 😉
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52 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Thanks sweetie!


53 Ann December 15, 2011 at 12:18 AM

I’m sorry your tummy is tender – but these look amazing! ….and your photos are incredible!
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54 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:35 PM


Thanks sweetie — am feeling better now :)


55 Khushboo December 15, 2011 at 2:24 AM

After being hit by a bout of flu this past week, I have really been enjoying nightly mugs of hot choc- so comforting! I basically just heat up a carton of soy choc milk which does the trick…gone are the days where I used to consider hot chocolate to be the result of a 40-cal sachet of powder mixed with water: YUCK! Hope you are feeling better!
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56 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I am feeling better, thanks and hope you are as well :) I concur with you about powdered mix’s — holy yuck! 😀


57 Nava Krishnan December 15, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Lovely treat Kiran and I will go for the soy instead, gorgeous pics.
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58 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Thanks dear, I am sure it would taste just as good with soy :)


59 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 15, 2011 at 5:30 AM

That looks so inviting! In fact it isn’t very cold here even though we are in Summer so this would be just the ticket to warm me up! 😀
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60 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Thanks dear — hope to visit Australia, some day :)


61 a spoonful of yumm December 15, 2011 at 7:32 AM

i’d like one glass please ! gorgeous pics….
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62 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliment. I wish hot chocolate’s are transportable 😀


63 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Hi Kiran! Lovely blog u v got there! u ll be seeing me more often around. 😉
your peppermint hot choco w. marshmallows reminds me of the chocolate factory movie. hihi absolutly amazing!


64 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Hi Helene,
Thanks a lot for the support — truly appreciate your kindness :)
You made my day with your comments. So sweet 😀


65 foodwanderings December 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Nice Kiran, If my guys see this they would want to move to your house as well! Beautiful!


66 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Thanks dear — y’all are always welcome to our home :)


67 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake December 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

That looks so delicious and rich! I love your photos and your chocolate mugs…are they detachable from the base?
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68 Kiran December 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Thanks a lot for the sweet comments, dear — With almond milk, the texture is not too rich.

And the mugs are separate — those base are individual bowls :)


69 Caroline December 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Such an adorable presentation!! I actually prefer peppermint hot chocolate to regular, since I’m not the biggest chocolate fan (crazy, I know). Hope you get over your cold soon!
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70 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Thanks sweetie — I am not a huge chocolate fan either, so pairing it up with peppermint of different flavors makes it the perfect indulgence :)


71 balvinder December 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Everyone seems to be in Holiday spirit. Delicious looking hot chocolate.
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72 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Thanks a lot, dear :)


73 Heather @girlichef December 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Oh, I’ll take a steaming mug…with extra marshmallows! Hope you’re feeling better :)
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74 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Thank you, I am feeling better now — after a few mugs of this hot chocolate and marshmallows!! 😀


75 Biana | Meal Plan Tips December 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Kiran, I love this hot chocolate recipe! Love the combination of chocolate and coffee – they really complement each other in recipes.
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76 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Thanks sweetie — do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


77 Jennifer (Delicieux) December 17, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Yum!!! Your hot chocolates look divine!!! I love the candy canes hanging on the side and all of that froth on top…the way a good hot chocolate should me.

I hope you are feeling better 😀
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78 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Thanks sweetie — I am feeling better after mugs of peppermint hot chocolate. Official cure to all cold 😀


79 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Love this whole package of hot chocolate. My kids are into marshmallow after we spent our summer roasting over fire pit. I wasn’t into it when I was kid, but now I am enjoying it with my kids. This hot chocolate is so special and the whole family will enjoy this!
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80 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Thanks sweetie — Hope you are having a blast at your in-laws :)


81 Deeps @ Naughty Curry December 18, 2011 at 2:29 AM

looks beautiful… chocolate, coffee, marshmallows.. has to taste awesome! :)


82 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :) It does taste so good. You’ve got to try it, to believe 😀


83 easyfoodsmith December 18, 2011 at 7:12 AM

With all those yummy flavours and five cups down, the fever must not have stood a chance to hang around!! Delicious post!
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84 Kiran December 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Thanks dear — ditto, the fever had no chance 😀


85 Mathilda December 19, 2011 at 5:59 AM

They look great, if i could be bothered to get my sick self up off the sofa i’m sure it would perk me right up!!
My blanket won’t let me move though!
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86 Kiran December 21, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting.

So sorry you aren’t feeling well. Feel better soon, sweetie :)


87 Farwin @ LoveandotherSpices December 19, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This looks so yummy.I want to curl up with a mug right now.
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88 Kiran December 21, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliment :)


89 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM

yum I could slurp about a half dozen of these down realllllly fast.

love all the marshmallows!


90 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Thanks sweetie.. I am craving some now!!


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