Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Okay…my kids are obsessed with Peppermint Hot Chocolate. The past few weeks we have been visiting Starbucks more than often to savor their craving. Since I have been working on my Christmas list, I decided to create my own homemade version of Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix that will make the perfect holiday food gift. I used dark chocolate instead of milk or semisweet chocolate, but feel free to use your favorite. It has been said to lower blood pressure, work as a powerful antioxidant and even help release endorphins to boost your mood. It’s super easy and inexpensive to make, and everyone loves it.

Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Prep Times:

15 minutes


1 Gift


1 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup miniature marshmallow
10 small peppermint sticks, chopped about 1/4 cup
Peppermint for garnish


1. Layer first 7 ingredients in a 1 quart jar.

2. Add a ribbon and a tie a card and write the following:

Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug with 1 cup boiling water or skim milk and garnish with peppermint, if desired. Store remaining mix in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

34 thoughts on “Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix”

  1. This is a beautiful gift…will make a wonderful presentation! I think my son and I may make these for his teachers at school! What an awesome idea! Oh, and I love the pic of the precious girls! Thanks so much for the idea!

  2. I am no cook, but I can do this! Already planned for hostess gifts. Big question…where can you get the right kind of quart jar?

  3. I tripled the recipe to have while the kids were home for Christmas. Needless to say, they loved it. Now that they’re home and its going to be cold this week, I’m making up another batch of it and can’t wait to make a cup to sip. Thank you for such wonderful recipe.

  4. hi, I love this recipe, but my recipe didn’t turn out well when I added hot water directly to the mix. The powdered milk wouldn’t dissolve and was chunky. Turns out some powdered milk has to be dissolved in cold water first. I just thought I would mention it, so that people would know to adjust their directions accordingly.

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