Every year when the holidays come around, the line at any Starbucks gets extremely long. Who can resist their seasonal drinks? Keep the holiday spirit going year round with a quick and simple homemade peppermint mocha!

Peppermint Mocha

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:25 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 50 ml chocolate syrup
  • 10 ml vanilla extract
  • 2-4 peppermint candy canes
  • a couple dark chocolate squares
  • an espresso shot or 50 ml brewed dark coffee
Athena Huynh
  • Step 1

    To make chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler to make tiny curls from the squares of chocolate. Crush up a candy cane to make course pieces. Prepare a shot of espresso, or brew around 50 ml of dark roast coffee. A Vietnamese-style coffee filter is used here to brew the coffee.

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  • Step 2

    Heat a saucepan with milk on medium-low heat. Add in 2-3 candy canes depending on how strong of a peppermint flavour you want. Then add in the vanilla extract and keep stirring to prevent the candy canes from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

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  • Step 3

    Once almost all of the candy has been melted, stir in the chocolate syrup.

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  • Step 4

    In a mug, add in the prepared espresso shot or brewed coffee. Slowly pour in the heated milk. Top with whipped cream, chocolate curls, and crushed candy canes. Enjoy!

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A peppermint-flavoured hug in a mug is perfect for a long study session or a treat after a draining shift at work. One problem may be that candy canes can be hard to find after the holiday season. However, you don't have to worry; you can just substitute actual candy canes with a couple drops of peppermint extract.