Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate is an easy way to put a homemade spin on your favorite hot chocolate mix and the best peppermint bark!
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Let’s talk real life right now.
After I had Joseph, I always commented about how I must have wasted so much time before having him because afterward, the days would just melt into one another and I had no clue where the time went. Well, that feeling has grown exponentially since Dominic was born… between a toddler and a newborn, I rarely sit down to eat, am increasingly forgetful, and by the end of the day feel like I have done both a million things and nothing at all. Is that possible?
I’ve made a couple of recipes in the last couple of months, but really haven’t jumped back into the kitchen yet. While I sometimes get frustrated, I am trying really hard to give myself grace and just enjoy this season of life that I’m in right now. That means not putting an immense amount of pressure on myself to do things that are unrealistic.
Which brings us to today’s recipe… a “semi-homemade” hot chocolate that is just perfect for the colder weather that has stormed through our area in the last week.
When it comes to hot chocolate, I am really not very particular… while I love, love, LOVE my homemade Italian hot chocolate (it’s crazy thick and extremely decadent – special occasion hot chocolate, for sure), on any given night I am perfectly happy to rip open a packet of hot cocoa mix and add hot water or milk.
Sometimes, though, you just want a little something extra (or maybe you want to put together an easy hot chocolate bar for a party!)… this is where the peppermint bark comes in! Every year, I whip up a batch of my favorite peppermint bark during the first weekend of December so I can nibble on it all month long. Whether you use your favorite recipe or store-bought peppermint bark – go ahead and drop a square right into the piping hot drink and stir until it dissolves.
The result? The melted chocolate adds a richness to the hot chocolate and the crushed candy canes gives it a kick of peppermint that just warms the soul this time of year.
I just adore this idea, and it would be so easy to do it with any other candy that you love – caramels, chocolate bars, truffles – anything that’s melty and delicious! If you’re having friends over or are craving something different, it’s an easy way to jazz up regular ol’ hot chocolate.
BONUS! Serve the hot chocolate alongside your favorite pie! (Featured: Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie)
Less time toiling away in the kitchen right now means more time for fun shenanigans with Joseph and infant snuggles with Dominic; I’ll take that trade any day of the week.
One year ago: Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Chex Mix with Pecans and Pretzels
Five years ago: Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies
Six years ago: Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate
- 1 packet Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix
- Peppermint Bark, homemade or store-bought
- Reddi-wip whipped cream topping
- Chocolate syrup
- Crushed candy canes
- Prepare the hot chocolate according to the package instructions. While still hot, add a piece of peppermint bark and stir to dissolve.
- Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
Want more semi-homemade dessert ideas? Head over to the Taste of Homemade site, where there are tons of ideas for using Marie Callender pies, Reddi-wip and Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix to make hassle-free holiday desserts. You can pick up all of those products at your local Walmart.
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