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Creamy dark chocolate, cool mint and a hefty sprinkling of those classic hot cocoa mini marshmallows. We’re talking about a big pan of Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bark!MORE+LESS-

Updated December 30, 2016

1 1/2

bags (12 oz each) dark chocolate chips


cups Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal


cup mint-chocolate baking chips


cup vanilla-flavor mini marshmallow bits (from a 3 oz jar)

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    Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dark chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave uncovered for 2-3 minutes. Stir, and continue heating in short intervals until chocolate is smooth and glossy when you stir it.

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    Pour chocolate out onto parchment and use a large rubber spatula to spread in a thin, even layer (about 1/4 inch thick).

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    Immediately sprinkle cereal over the chocolate, followed by the mint-chocolate baking chips and marshmallow bits.

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    Let stand about 30 minutes or until firm, or refrigerate if necessary. Break into 2-inch pieces. Store covered at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • If you can’t find canisters of mini marshmallow bits in your grocery store’s baking aisle, you can substitute regular mini marshmallows, although you may need more than 3/4 cup.
  • Parchment paper works best for this recipe, but you can also use wax paper or foil in a pinch.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

This recipe has half the calories of most store-bought hot cocoa brands, but it still tastes just as rich and chocolatey. Get the best of both worlds by preparing this unique, healthy peppermint hot cocoa recipe.

This recipe is courtesy of Joy Bauer.

How to Make Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate Bombs

If you’re new to making hot chocolate bombs I’ll walk you through the steps on how to make these bombs. If you’re not new then you probably already know how to do these.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups White Peppermint Candy Melts. If you can’t find the white peppermint melts you can use white chocolate wafers and mix peppermint bits into it. For the shell, you’ll want to crush them very finely.
  • 2 cups Dark Chocolate Wafers, I like Ghirardelli
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows – You can use chocolate or white chocolate mix
  • Peppermint Bits – You can use crushed up candy canes or buy them crushed already or Snowflake Mold. I got my snowflake mold at Michael’s, but this one is similar.

How to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs:

Place white candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave per the directions on the package. I start with 30 seconds and then mix it and do 15 second intervals, mixing in between.

You’ll want to melt one type of candy melts at a time, because they can cool quickly. I started with dark chocolate first, but it doesn’t matter which you do.

For the Dark Chocolate you’ll want to make a flat piece with the snowflake mold. Pour your melted chocolate into half of your molds and will with about 1 – 1/2 tbspn of melted dark chocolate.

For the Peppermint White Chocolate, you’ll want to pour melted chocolate into the snowflake mold and fill it up to the top. Let it sit for a few seconds and then pour out the excess chocolate into your bowl.

Place the molds into the fridge for 5 mins to harden.

Your dark chocolate pieces are done, but you’ll need to apply another layer of white chocolate to your white chocolate mold. Place back in the fridge for another 5 mins.

Once your chocolate has hardened you can remove it from the molds.

Fill the white chocolate piece with hot chocolate mix, 5 mini marshmallows or a jumbo peppermint marshmallow, and a little bit of crushed peppermint candy.

Take the dark chocolate piece and place it on a warm plate or skillet for 10 seconds to melt it a little bit.

Place the dark chocolate piece onto the white chocolate piece so they line up evenly.

Now you have a peppermint bark hot chocolate bomb.

If you wanted to do this with a sphere mold you would do one side dark chocolate and one side with peppermint white chocolate. You can see how to make a sphere hot chocolate bomb in my snickerdoodle hot chocolate bomb post.

1 1/2 cups Powered Cocoa, dutch process
3 Cups Dry Milk Powder
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Crushed Peppermint
Marshmallows for on top

1. Measure and combine all the ingredients except peppermint and marshmallows in a large mixing bowl.

2. Stir evenly to combine all the dry ingredients.

3. Place in the hot cocoa mix a cute jar. I was able to get this cute little jar at Ikea. Do not feel completely to the top with hot cocoa. Leave a little space for the peppermint and marshmallows on the top.

4. Fill the remaining top with the crushed peppermint and then top with marshmallows. This peppermint hot cocoa mix recipe will make enough to fill three to four small containers Attach this little printable or make your own: Add 1/3 cup mix to 6-8oz hot water or milk.

This peppermint hot cocoa recipe makes cute little teacher’s gift, gifts for neighbors, or bring to a holiday party for a hostess gift. This makes wonderful creamy cocoa especially if you use milk. I even love to have this ready to go in the pantry, so we can have hot chocolate whenever we want. Also try white hot chocolate for a great alternative. We also enjoy some simple coffee recipes in the morning, a cup of Chai Spiced tea in the afternoon and sip some spiced mulled wine in the evening.

What is your favorite drink on a cold day?

About Amy

Amy Greene has a passion for creating items from scratch. She created Mainly Homemade to inspire families to cook homemade meals and create homemade crafts to create lifelong family memories. Receive creative family memories in your inbox.


Thanks for the recipe and the idea of using it for gift giving – sounds like a delicious treat for a cold day.

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To create Peppermint Bark Hot Cocoa mix, you will need:

  • pint size mason jar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped peppermint bark
  • &frac13 cup cocoa
  • mini marshmallows
  • wax paper (optional)

You can either mix your ingredients together, or layer them as I did. To help keep the layers separate I divided them with a round piece of wax paper! You can't see the wax paper at all, but it helps keep a layered look to this gift! I began by adding sugar to the bottom, then my chocolate chips, then my peppermint bark, the cocoa and finally mini marshmallows on top! This gift turned out so pretty and impressive looking! And the best part is that it was inexpensive and quick to create! I even made a quick printable tag to go with this!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

My recipe for homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa is super easy yet flavorful and can be made into adorable DIY edible gifts. Printable recipe cards and gift tags included below!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

The moment I see the iconic red-and-white stripes of a Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARE is the moment I really start celebrating the season. It’s something I look forward to all year!

I just can’t get enough of those SQUARES! That creamy yet crunchy bite is oh so satisfying. Not to mention the refreshing peppermint flavor paired with sweet chocolate. There’s no better way to indulge during the most wonderful time of year.

Whether you find them stashed away in my home office, or loaded up in our Christmas stockings, we take full advantage of the limited peppermint bark season.

Recently, however, my favorite way to enjoy these heavenly SQUARES has been to melt them into hot cocoa.

That’s right, you can take Peppermint Bark SQUARES and melt them into any hot cocoa. It instantly intensifies your cocoa, giving it a burst of peppermint flavor. What could be better? Cozying up to the Christmas tree with a mug of something warm and sweet is the ultimate way to enjoy the season.

The recipe for the Peppermint Hot Cocoa is down below, but I also have a cute printable recipe card for it you can find here. Maybe you can add it to your holiday recipe book!

If you’re interested in creating adorable Peppermint Hot Cocoa mixes as DIY edible gifts, then here are the basic instructions. They’re perfect for gifting to your neighbors, coworkers, or schoolteachers!

What you see below makes two cocoa mix jars with 4 servings of cocoa each. Gather your ingredients and supplies:

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (85 grams) Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 10 Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARES, chopped
  • Marshmallows
  • 2 wide-mouth mason jars

Combine the sugar and salt. Layer the sugar mixture, cocoa powder, Peppermint Bark SQUARES, and marshmallows in two mason jars. Seal.

Tie a decorative ribbon around the container and attach this printable instructions tag, or make your own. It’s so easy but so pretty!

If you make the DIY gift jars or this Peppermint Hot Cocoa Recipe, be sure to take a picture and tag myself @handletheheat and @ghirardelli on Instagram so we can see and share!

Watch the video: Peppermint Hot Chocolate