Peppermint Hot Cocoa

It is cold outside and the snow just keeps coming.  I am trying to embrace the season with the classic foods and drinks that scream winter, like soups, meals made with seasonal vegetables, and of course, hot cocoa.  What would a snowy winter be without being able to come in from the cold and enjoy a mug of hot cocoa?  When I was growing up, having hot cocoa meant ripping open a package, pouring in some water, and heating it up in the microwave.  As a child, there was no thought that went into what I might be drinking.  Now, as a mom, I have to make the decision between convenience and knowing (and feeling good about) the ingredients.  A popular instant hot cocoa packet has the following ingredient list:

SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COCONUT OR PALM KERNEL AND HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN), DAIRY PRODUCT SOLIDS, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CELLULOSE GUM, NONFAT MILK, SALT, SODIUM CASEINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.

I have to choose between all of ^^^those^^^ ingredients and the list in a cup of homemade hot cocoa, which includes:  milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, agave nectar, and peppermint oil extract.   I can have the homemade version made in almost the same amount of time, so really, there’s no question which one I’m going to choose.  I don’t need sugar to be the number one ingredient in my hot chocolate, and I don’t want corn solids, hydrogenated oils, and other chemicals that I don’t know enough about in there, either.

I included just a drop of peppermint oil extract in my hot cocoa because I’ve been craving the combination of mint+chocolate, but you can leave it out for a classic, no-sugar hot chocolate treat.  The recipe is for one mug, but you can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe to make enough for your family.

Enjoy!

About Maryea

I am a wife and a mama who has a passion for healthy living. Happy Healthy Mama is a place for me to share recipes for delicious, wholesome food and my desire to live everyday with great health and happiness.
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8 Responses to Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  1. I just enjoyed a homemade peppermint hot cocoa the other night! It’s a wonderful way to relax and feel festive. :) Thanks for your recipe!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for this post! I was actually just thinking about this a few days ago. I figured peppermint extract would be the way to go, but glad to hear it was a success from someone who’s tried it. I also like that this is much more cost effective than going to Starbucks to get it. :)

  3. Lee says:

    I know that the packaged Hot Chocolate has some iffy ingredients, but I like it so much! I’ll have to try your recipe though.

  4. Shellyfish says:

    My dad always made homemade coco, so did my mom, actually. I remember learning how when I was little & thinking it was cool. Yours sounds really yummy. I don’t think I’ve made any (or had any!) since I was a kid…maybe this year.

  5. This is how I make my hot chocolate too! But with raw cacao powder…anyway…I’ve discovered something that makes it even more delicious! SEA SALT on top….YUM.

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