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Homemade Peppermint Mocha (Video!)

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This Homemade Peppermint Mocha is a delicious version of a Christmas coffee drink complete with candy canes, whipped cream and mint syrup!

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

So we officially put up our outdoor Christmas decorations yesterday, and I’m getting into complete cozy mode for the rest of the holiday season, which newly involves many a Homemade Peppermint Mocha.

Don’t you just LOVE this time of year?

All the garlands on everybody’s doors, the lights glimmering at night making the cold weather seem okay,  Christmas movies on the couch in front of the roaring fireplace and endless of amounts of comfort food (gimme ALL the poutine please)…

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

One of the things I’m kinda cherishing about living at home to build my business is the fact that I’m reliving many childhood traditions in my hometown.

Sometimes I wish I could be back living on my own in Toronto, but I truly want to wait until I can afford my own place so I don’t have to live with a roommate. Don’t get me wrong, I have actually loved being at home, but I sometimes miss the independence I used to have.

However, I’ve traded that in for comfort, savings and family, so when I reflect on all the changes that have happened this year, I’m so grateful to be where I’m at right now in life. I’m living through a transition, and everything is kind of a work in progress, and I’m just happy to be able to live in this moment, and slow down and appreciate it.

Mostly, I’m actually happy that I’ll be home for the whole month of December and get to celebrate every aspect of the holidays with my friends and family for the first time in a few years! No more exams, no more rushing to buy last minute gifts…I’ve got time to plan for once!

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

This year I’m also finally going to our small town’s tree lighting ceremony for the first time in years, and I’m actually really looking forward to it.

I remember visiting the town square with anticipation every year as a kid, pulling on my most snuggly mittens and wrapping my hands around a styrofoam cup of hot apple cider or hot chocolate before watching the tree light up. The following weekend would usually involve a giant party at my grandma’s place for the Christmas parade in her neighbourhood, and the food and drink would last for hours.

If you were to tell me there was such a thing as candy cane hot chocolate or peppermint mochas back then you would have seen me drinking them right through til March, refusing to believe Christmas was over.

I mean, don’t you sometimes wish Christmas could be as magical as an adult? Nowadays, special occasions feel like they just fly by in such a rush!

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

But at least we have this Starbucks copy cat Peppermint Mocha Latte to look forward to for the whole month of December.

We seriously need to talk more about this spectacular holiday drink.

It is basically like one of my mint chocolate fudgsicles only in candy cane hot chocolate form, and spiked with a little bit of coffee. All your caffeine breaks from here on out will be so much more exciting and festive.

That’s not to say you couldn’t also add in a little bit of Bailey’s or some sort of coffee liquer to make this drink a little more festive though.

I know, I’m a bad influence.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

And here are yet more reasons to love this Homemade Peppermint Mocha:

  • It can be made dairy-free with your favourite nut, soy or coconut milk
  • It’s got REAL chocolate in it!
  • It’s like a holiday dessert in a glass – perfect for Christmas morning!
  • The whipped cream. Enough said.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

I can’t even deal with how much I love these Homemade Peppermint Mochas.

I need one now – good luck finding me the rest of the day!

I’ll be glued to my coffee machine.

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Homemade Peppermint Mocha
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Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
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mochas
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Mint syrup
Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
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mochas
Ingredients
Mint syrup
Homemade Peppermint Mocha
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Make the mint syrup by mixing together boiling water, sugar and mint extract. Set aside - this syrup will last up to a month in the fridge so you can enjoy peppermint mochas all December long!
  2. In a large glass mixing cup, microwave milk for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Add cocoa powder, mint syrup, chocolate chips and fresh espresso shots, whisking well to combine.
  3. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, then serve and enjoy!

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    December 1, 2016 at 11:33

    I love making coffee shop favorites at home. Can’t wait to try this version of one of my holiday faves!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 10:24

      Thanks so much Allison, let me know if you do!

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    Ali @ Home & Plate
    December 1, 2016 at 12:13

    I am not a regular coffee drinker but I think I could get used to drinking this mocha on a regular basis. It’s almost like dessert. What a treat. Happy Holidays!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:29

      This is totally like a dessert – you could always leave the coffee out 🙂

  • Reply
    Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    December 1, 2016 at 12:21

    Your photography is gorgeous and this mocha drink is so colourful and festive.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:29

      Thank you so much Charla!

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    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    December 1, 2016 at 12:45

    Mmmm. That looks like Christmas in cup! I love that you layered on mint plus MORE mint and chocolate and MORE chocolate. And I hope you enjoy your slower paced Christmas season this year.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:30

      Thanks so much Annemarie! I’m hoping it slows down at least 😉

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    Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition
    December 1, 2016 at 13:10

    This looks like the perfect treat to make the cold weather bearable during the winter. I admittedly spend way too much money on coffee, so this is perfect!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:31

      Thanks Kara! OMG tell me about it. I had a bad Starbucks addiction for a little while there. Didn’t help I lived right across the street from one!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    December 6, 2016 at 10:37

    This is yummy drink during cold winter months! I could have it everyday all winter. And I love your videos!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:32

      Thanks so much Ilona!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Veena
    December 6, 2016 at 11:18

    I’m not a usual coffee drinker but I do indulge in cold coffees once in a while – I think i’ll make this very soon. Looks so festive – love those colors

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:33

      Oh I LOVE cold coffee Veena! I seriously need to try this iced!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    December 6, 2016 at 11:25

    I love this time of year so much just like you. I enjoy holiday decorating even more when I have a delicious treat like this in my hand. It looks so good! Great video!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:36

      Aww thanks Karen! I know, I feel like holiday food and drink just make the traditions of this time of year so much more special!

  • Reply
    Debra C.
    December 6, 2016 at 11:39

    Oh my goodness that mug-o-mocha looks incredible! Happy Holidays to you!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:38

      Thanks Debra! Happy holidays to you as well! 🙂

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    Meg | Meg is Well
    December 6, 2016 at 12:05

    I definitely remember pinning this somewhere! So beautiful and just how PSL people wait in anticipation for fall, I wait for December so I can drink Peppermint Mochas! Now I don’t have to hand all my money over to Starbucks.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:40

      Aww thank you so much Meg, your comment made my day <3 Seriously, I have a drink for every season. It's bad. Hahaha

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