Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix {For Giving or Keeping!}

Mint Hot ChocolateSomeone emailed me recently (and for the life of me I can’t find the email!) and asked about a MINT version of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. They didn’t have to ask ME twice! I’ve always been a major fan of MINT and CHOCOLATE! 

When I was in college the cafeteria on campus made Mint Brownies that were to DIE for! I’m sure it was responsible for the majority of my “freshman fifteen”! There is just SOMETHING about the combination that is SO appealing!

But I have never made my own Mint Hot Cocoa before! I couldn’t wait to try!

Most of the recipes I found online were for “gifts”, which is great, but I was looking for something I could keep in my pantry and scoop out if I want to make a cup!

Luckily, this recipe works for both!

Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix

Adapted from Meals Matter


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups mint-flavored chocolate chips (I used Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips)
3 tablespoons crushed peppermint hard candies (my new Blendtec blender made short work of this step! Wow!)


Mint Hot Chocolate

Preparation for gift-giving:

Layer ingredients in the order listed in a 1-quart bottle. Seal with lid and attach a card with these preparation directions:

To prepare: Pour the contents of the bottle into a large saucepan. Add 4 cups milk. Stir over medium heat until all of the candy pieces are melted and the drink is creamy and hot. Pour into mugs. Add some marshmallows and a peppermint-stick stirrer, if desired.

Mint Hot Chocolate

Mint Hot Chocolate

Preparation for making individual servings:

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid.

To make a cup of cocoa: add HOT water or milk to a mug, and then add 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix. Stir until creamy and smooth. Top with marshmallows if desired.

Mint Hot Chocolate


Find a cozy spot and ENJOY!

Do you have a Mint and Chocolate favorite??


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  1. says

    One thing I used to love to do – which was super easy – was put a peppermint tea bag into a mug of hot chocolate and let it steep a bit.
    Ta-da!! Instant mint hot chocolate!!

  2. says

    Oh, yummy, yummy. I add those little Andes mints to the tops of my brownies while warm and spread them around when they begin to melt. I will be making this recipe for the fast-approaching holidays (one for me, one to give; one for me, one to give…). I read your blog daily and always find the most wonderful things. Thank you for your wonderful tips!

  3. ValerieO says

    Oh, yummmm!!! This sounds fabulous…and it might even be something that I could make for Christmas gifts. LOL
    Thanks for your blog, it is the reason I get up in the morning…well, not really but you know. :-)

  4. Stacie says

    My weakness in college was a chocolate chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwhich that had mint chocolate chip ice cream in the center! They were so good that it’s probably a good thing that now I can’t seem to find them anywhere!

    PS Absolutely love your site!

  5. says

    Love your blog and all the tips! I’m starting to acquire a pantry full of gifts for friends and family. Keep them coming since there are always some surprises at the holidays

  6. Twila Creech says

    I was wondering the same thing about milk or water. I see dry milk is already in the mix. But going to make for my sister to take to Duke.

  7. Georgann G says

    For the recipe for a quart, the direction add milk. For making one cup, directions add hot water. Is this accurate? Sounds delish, I just want to get it right when I try it.

    • Mindy says

      Georgann, you could use either milk or water either way. Personally, I would use milk (or almond milk would be Fab!) as it would be richer and creamier!

      • says

        Mindy…thank you! :-) You are absolutely right. I made mine with water and it was GOOD but if you like yours really creamy…I would use milk as well. Of course the marshmallows add creaminess too. Great idea about the almond milk! yum! :-)

    • says

      Georgann….Mindy’s comment below is right on. :-) I updated the post to say “water or milk”. Thanks for pointing that out!

  8. Patricia Schmidt says

    I love mint cocoa. I will definitely try this one. A quick tip – if you have to crush your peppermint by hand (I use a lot in my Christmas baking) buy candy canes instead, they are softer and easier to crush up fine. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Shannon B says

    Thank you Jillee for the directions for mint hot cocoa! I can’t wait to give this a try! My husband, boys and I love a good mint hot cocoa. We also serve the mint hot cocoa at our annual Christmas party. After reading your post, I may just have to gift everyone a jar of homemade mint hot cocoa or one of your many easy homemade gifts you blogged about the other day. Anyway, LOVE your blog! Thank you for all your wonderful and useful information. Oh! And happy holidays a little early. :0)


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