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Peppermint Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Add a festive touch to your next cup of drinking chocolate. The red velvet pairs nicely with the traditional peppermint and chocolate flavor combination. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    5 cups


  • 4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 7 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Dash salt
  • Optional: Sweetened whipped cream, candy canes and marshmallows


  • In a large saucepan, heat cream over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan (do not boil). Remove from the heat; whisk in the chocolates, food coloring, extract and salt until smooth. Return to the heat; cook and stir until heated through. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream, candy canes and marshmallows.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 512 calories, 34g fat (23g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.

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