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. 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)

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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. :-)

  5. 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!

  6. Mary says

    I have great childhood memories of hammering peppermints to mix into melted chocolate. Mint chocolate moulded candy was a winter staple!

    I was wondering something though. I’m lactose intolerant. I can handle things like milk chocolate and even yogurt, but actual milk is out of the question. Does anyone know if there is a dry non milk substitute?

  7. Gia Walker says

    I can’t wait to make this for Christmas gifts! I love the mint and chocolate combo. You had asked what our favorite mint and chocolate combination are, and for me, it would have to be a chocolate/creme de menthe birthday cake that my grandma used to make. Yum!

  8. Clara Windmiller says

    This sounds DELICIOUS!!!!! I also make Mint Chocolate covered pretzels. I buy the bags of Mint Chocolate discs at Michael’s or other craft stores and a bag of small pretzels. I melt the Chocolate in the microwave and just dip the pretzels. I then lay them on wax paper on a cookie sheet and put in freezer for a few minutes. Then I put in jars or tins and give as X-mas gifts, etc. EVERYONE loves them.

  9. CTY says

    This recipe sounds great. It is very similar to my recipe, I see you use sugar (assuming granulated)– I use powdered because I found it dissolves very smoothly. If I had a Blendtec I could make my own. I add about 1/2 tsp salt to my recipe–cannot explain but the salt seems to keep you coming back for more. Maybe it is because of my new salted caramel addiction.
    Can’t wait to try the Andes chips.

  10. CTY says

    My current favorite trick can turn any recipe minty.
    I make mint sugar by pulverizing peppermints 0r candy canes in my food processor and making “peppermint sugar” I think about 20 mints makes 1/2 C peppermint sugar. I then swap out a 1/2 C of sugar in a recipe for 1/2 C “peppermint sugar” and go about business as usual. I do this swap when I make my homemade marshmallows (best marshmallow making tutorial is on Cooking For Engineers) – they come out light pink & make hot cocoa “fit for a princess”. For the men I guess it comes down to– Real Men Eat Pink Marshmallows.
    Thanks for such a great site.

  11. Judy Ann says

    My Hot Chocolate Recipe:
    2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
    2 tablespoons of sugar
    dash of salt
    1 cup milk
    ¼ teaspoon of vanilla per cup of hot chocolate
    Mix sugar, cocoa and salt. Heat the milk 1-1 ½ minutes in microwave
    Gradually add milk to cocoa mixture, and add vanilla.
    Can also add marshmallows or marshmallow cream on top!
    My daughter grew up on this, and now my grandsons ask for it (33 & 14) now: We always have it when it get chilly- and anytime a hot beverage is good. I made a bunch of it and store in a glass jar, and it’s ready for use quickly. I cannot wait to try the “mint” addition on the boys.

  12. Brandi says

    This is kind of a weird question but do you know of something to substitute for the cocoa powder? My children and I are allergic to chocolate….I grew into the allergy after “overdosing” on it once Halloween. I love hot chocolate but can no longer enjoy it. We can eat white chocolate and I have tried making it with the white but haven’t found something to substitute for the cocoa powder. Thanks!

  13. Landon says

    Some of these comments about marshmallows added to hot cocoa made me remember my grandmother putting a peppermint starlight mint in my mug when I was little. Can’t remember how it tasted now, but it had to have given it a minty taste. LOL

  14. Christy says

    I just want to let you know I made this and was very happy with the flavor. My brother-in-law is sensitive to the smell of mint so I gave a little to my sister to try while he was at work. She forgot about it and this morning was out of coffee creamer when he husband suggested she add some of this to her coffee. She told me it was delicious in her coffee and the mint wasn’t very strong at all as her husband barely even smelled it :) Passed this on to her so she could make herself some more.
    Thank you for posting this recipe :)

  15. CTY says

    Okay- so I guess I spend a lot of time & energy on perfecting Hot Cocoa recipes. Here’s my latest experimentation. I used to drag DH into the Godiva Chocolate store in the mall. Don’t get me wrong, he loved it as much as I did. They would make him a Raspberry Hot Cocoa that left him wanting more. So I figured I needed to come up with one. Chocolate raspberry chips weren’t “fruit” enough and adding raspberry hardtack candy sticks were way to expensive. The M&M’s need to processed in food processor so they melt in the cocoa. Then I found Raspberry M&M’s. Here’s my recipe:
    2 ½ C nonfat dry milk powder
    1 C powdered sugar
    ½ C unsweetened cocoa powder
    8 oz bag raspberry M & M’s
    1 Box instant chocolate pudding (3 oz)
    ¼ tsp salt
    Mix all ingredients into processor and process until finely ground. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in the airtight container for up to 3 months.
    To make the hot cocoa drink, mix 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix with 1 cup hot water.
    Replace water with steaming milk for an extra creamy texture.
    He’s loving it– no more $6 Hot Cocoa.


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