I have always loved hot chocolate, especially in cold weather, but last year I found a new special treat that is my favorite! It is a creamy white hot chocolate recipe with a light touch of mint – the perfect holiday drink. Keep reading to see how to make the creamiest White Mint Hot Chocolate drink I have ever tasted!
How It Came About
Last year at work, we had a different kind of Christmas party. We did something we called, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Numbers were drawn to get our dates, and then each person planned a snack table of some sort for the office on their appointed day – a surprise blessing. We each brought some of our favorite things to share which was a fun twist from our normal festivities.
With the options being almost limitless, it was a little overwhelming. Every time I thought I knew what I was doing, I thought of 10 more ideas. One day I was at Hobby Lobby and saw so many Grinch items. I thought that would be a great starting place – a Grinch Theme.
Experimenting with Recipes
I kept seeing posts about setting up hot chocolate bars and loved the idea. However, I wanted my hot chocolate to be green, so I would have to come up with a white chocolate version. Oh my goodness – you can make white hot chocolate a million ways, and I wasn’t that fond of any of them.
Again, going through Hobby Lobby, I found white chocolate mints that you use to make candy molds. On a whim, I got them and incorporated them into a white hot chocolate. They made it one of the creamiest drinks I have ever had. If you like mint or white hot chocolate, you must try this!
White Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this creamy white chocolate drink. I tried a few different mixtures before I came up with the right one. The white chocolate chips like the ones pictured below were way too sweet for me – that is saying A LOT! Although they are pictured, I do not use them.
- In a medium sauce pan or Dutch oven, over medium-low heat, combine the white mint wafers and heavy cream.
- Stir continuously until the wafers have completely melted.
- Stir in the half & half and the vanilla extract.
- Stir occasionally until heated through.
For best results, serve it fresh. You can store it in an airtight container and reheat it easily, but it is really better fresh.
- Add Peppermint Extract – I did not add extract, because I thought it had the perfect mint taste without it.
- If you cannot find the mint wafers, you can always use white chocolate chips and add the mint extract.
- Use a different food coloring to go with specific themes.
- Top with spray whipped cream.
- Use mini marshmallows as a topping instead of whipped cream. I have even heard that peppermint marshmallows are pretty good.
- Use Candy Canes as stir sticks
- Give everyone a variety of toppings:
- Green or other colored sprinkles
- Chocolate shavings
- Crushed peppermint candies
- Andes Mints
I used a sauce pan once and a large Dutch oven another time to prepare the recipe. However, I put it in a crock pot afterward to keep it warm at school. It kept it warm for us throughout the day, and because the chocolate had fully melted into the heavy cream, it did not burn or stick.
Of course this drink is perfect for Christmas, the entire holiday season, and actually during all of the winter months. You really don’t have to have a good reason to make it. I kept the ingredients on hand and made it several times last winter. There is nothing better than a warm drink in your favorite mug on a cold winter day! Since it is getting cooler now, I am ready! I already have the wafers ready to go.
As we near the end of the year, I hope you will give this new recipe a try. It is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Put on your favorite holiday movie, make some Christmas cookies, and serve them with the White Mint Hot Chocolate. It is sure to be a huge hit that your family loves!
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