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