Vegan Peppermint Drinking Chocolate

Peppermint Vegan Drinking Chocolate | #vegan #glutenfree #christmas

Oh hey! It’s Christmastime – my absolute favorite time of year. Why? For one, I get to make and eat tons of goodies this month, like chocolate and peppermint things! Swoon.

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My first peppermint-chocolate creation was inspired by our time in Zurich, Switzerland last fall, where chocolate is one of their prized specialties. People form lines around chocolate shops there and it’s all because it’s made fresh daily by artisans who have made chocolate their life and craft. It’s no joking around.

Besides eating truffles and bars, another very Swiss way to consume chocolate is by drinking it. I can totally get on board with this concept.

Rich Vegan Drinking Chocolate | Minimalist Baker

Drinking chocolate differs from hot cocoa in that it’s much thicker and usually contains melted chocolate rather than cocoa powder. This makes it richer, creamier and all-the-more decadent.

It’s normally treated as more of an indulgent dessert than a daily drink, though I wouldn’t judge if you opted for the latter.

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For this recipe you need:

Coconut milk
Dark chocolate
Peppermint extract
Raw/Turbinado sugar

Coconut whipped cream isn’t necessary but highly, highly recommended. I mean come on. You’re already going to party town.Why not go all the way? A little sprinkle of crushed peppermint doesn’t hurt either…

Vegan Drinking Chocolate with Peppermint!

This drinking chocolate is my new obsession! It is thick, slightly coconut-y, insanely creamy, intensely chocolate and balanced with a hint of peppermint.

This recipe makes a descent sized batch, which you could serve to a small group. Since I apparently don’t have friends or I don’t like to share, I’ve hoarded mine all to myself and have been reheating little portions after dinner for a little virgin nightcap. But I can almost guarantee that Baileys or Kahlua would be delightful in this drink.

For more festive boozy libations, check out our Frozen Blended White Russian and Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate.

Vegan Drinking Chocolate with Peppermint | #holidays #peppermint #glutenfree #vegan


Vegan Peppermint Drinking Chocolate!

4.8 from 4 reviews

Vegan Peppermint Drinking Chocolate
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A festive, 4-ingredient drinking chocolate infused with peppermint. An indulgent, super creamy drink perfect for a crowd or hoarding all to yourself. Absolute perfection when topped with coconut whipped cream and crushed peppermint.
Recipe type: Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, GF
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I like 1 cup full fat coconut + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 3.2 (or close) ounce quality dark chocolate bar, chopped (dairy-free)
  • 1-2 Tbsp raw sugar (depending on preferred sweetness)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp quality peppermint extract (I like Frontier brand)
  • Optional: coconut whipped cream + crushed peppermint for topping
  1. Add milk to a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir occasionally until warm – about 5 minutes. You don’t want it to boil, just get hot enough to melt the chocolate.
  2. Once hot, add the chocolate and sugar and whisk to melt. Do so vigorously to ensure everything gets combined. Once it has reached your desired temperature, sample a bit to determine if it’s sweet enough for your liking. I added another 1/2 Tbsp sugar at this point.
  3. Remove from heat and add peppermint extract, starting with only 1/8th tsp since it can be very strong and overpowering. Once it’s to your liking, transfer to small serving glasses and top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candies/candy canes. I poured mine into two glasses but it was honestly too decadent to finish. I’d recommend splitting this between 3-4 servings.
  4. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for several days. Move to the freezer for longer-term storage.
*Nutrition information reflects 1 of 3 servings without coconut whipped cream or crushed peppermint.


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  1. says

    “You’re already going to party town. Why not go all the way?”

    Seriously, you’re the best. This looks incredible!! I’ve been thinking about making a recipe that in between this and hot cocoa as far as richness. You’ve pushed me to the definitely making it happen stage. Beautiful!

    • says

      Jackie! So honored to hear from such an amazing fellow food blogger. This drinking chocolate IS phenomenal. If you try it, let me know! And again, I highly recommend it with a serious helping of coconut whipped cream. SO GOOD. Enjoy!!

  2. says

    Awesome!! I love drinking chocolate…and peppermint. So pretty btw. Almost every dessert I’ve made this month has involved both:) when I lived in Edinburgh there was a shop called chocolate soup– bless the Brits’ love for chocolate!!!

      • says

        It is awesome there. There was also a shop called the chocolate shop which sold nothing but crazy chocolate creations. There were cakes named after every chocolate bar that were oversized truffles covered in mars bars, maltesers etc…If you’re looking for another chocolate peppermint recipe, here are two of mine:

        Both sneak in avocado :)

  3. says

    I’ve only once had drinking chocolate, and I can’t believe I’ve never made it myself. It’s so indulgent and fun this time of year, but especially with a little peppermint addition! Your photos perfectly capture how thick and creamy and lovely this is – great idea, Dana!


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