I know I can’t be the only one who CRAVES anything Peppermint as soon as the Holiday season approaches. I love me a good Starbucks Peppermint Mocha as much as the next person, but there are some days I really just don’t feel like leaving my house. This was for sure one of those days. I honestly didn’t even want to leave the house to buy any ingredients to make my Peppermint Mocha, so that is how my “unconventional” Peppermint Mocha was born!
When I worked in the food service department at Hershey’s Chocolate World we had to improvise to make our seasonal drinks, we didn’t have an espresso machine back then. So to make a pumpkin spice ”latte” or a peppermint mocha we would actually add different flavors of Hershey’s Kisses to a combination of coffee and/or hot chocolate and voilà, a seasonal hot beverage! Since I didn’t feel like leaving my house, but I was craving a peppermint mocha, I took inspiration from my past experiences and came up with this concoction. It is actually really simple and you only need 3-4 ingredients. I actually had a box of individually wrapped peppermint bark candies (mine were the Palmer’s brand, but Andies, or any other chocolate mint candies should work fine) and melted those with some milk, added coffee and in less than 10 minutes I had an easy peasy peppermint mocha!
**Since my candy was both peppermint and chocolate I didn’t have to add any additional chocolate flavoring or sweetener. However, if you are only using peppermint candies (Peppermint Hershey’s Kisses for example) you will need to add some sort of cocoa or hot chocolate powder
Homemade Peppermint Mocha
- Peppermint Bark candies – I used 5 individually wrapped squares
- 1 cup milk- any kind will do
- 1 cup fresh brewed coffee- the stronger, the better
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Candy Canes (optional)
- Pour milk in a pot and bring it to simmer- not boiling
- Add candy to simmering milk, stir constantly until the candy dissolves into the milk
- Combine freshly brewed coffee with Peppermint hot chocolate mixture
You could stop here, and your peppermint mocha would be delicious! However, I love the froth that comes along with steamed milk, and since I don’t have a milk steamer, milk frother, or an immersion blender, I had to improvise. After I combined the coffee and the milk mixture I *carefully* poured my drink into my bullet blender and blended it for a few seconds until it became frothy.
I poured my Peppermint Mocha into a festive mug, topped it with whipped cream and crush candy canes and patted myself on the back. A delicious homemade peppermint mocha, without leaving the house.
Let me know if you guy try this out, or if you have any other “unconventional” ways of making your favorite drinks.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to you all next time!