Peppermint Mocha or Hot Chocolate

Update: The Pick Giveaway Winner plug-in chose Pamela and Miranda as the winners. Congratulations, ladies! Please respond to the email I just send to you with your mailing addresses and details and I will send it onto our friends at!

I promised a Peppermint Mocha to end all Peppermint Mochas today and I am a girl of my word. I also promised a giveaway, and that’s coming up, too, but first a word or two about the ne plus ultra of mochas.

This was inspired by my poor friend who went to a place that rhymes with Flickschmonalds and ordered a seasonal Peppermint Mocha because it sounded cozy and warm and Christmasy. She left with the impression of having consumed a cup of coffee laced with vinegar and sugar immediately after brushing her teeth. I knew I could do better for my friend.

And I did.

Oh. I diddlydiddid.

Flickschmonalds, Blartucks, and Punkin’ Gonuts have nothing on my Peppermint Mocha. It screams CHRISTMAS, and WINTER, and CUDDLY, yes, but it also screams I’M AFFORDABLE ENOUGH TO DRINK EVERY DAY. …though given the quantity of half and half in it, it may not be a well-advised decision. Mmmm. Half and half.

My word people. If I carry on like this there’s gonna be trouble in the fitting-into-my-pants realm. These taste so darned good that I don’t really care, though. On the plus side, there is some coffee in it (which turns me into MRS. HYPER which is why I keep TYPING IN CAPS. Somebody stop me.) which is supposed to boost your metabolism. So there. And also, can someone come scrape me off of the ceiling where I’ve been parked since beginning working on this recipe?

It’s not enough just to have the half and half, AND the Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce AND the coffee AND a thick cap of whipped cream. I sprinkle the top with crushed candy canes and use a chocolate covered peppermint stick as a swizzle stick. Apparently I have a thing for swizzle sticks these days.

Drive right past that drive-through window and straight to the store to buy your ingredients. I use Bogdon’s Chocolatey Candy Sticks for the job, but use whatever little peppermint sticks you can find. If it’s coated with chocolate? Well, buy two boxes -no- buy four. Those little puppies are seasonal and Peppermint Mochas are good all winter long!

Peppermint Mocha or Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a {GIVEAWAY}

Peppermint Mocha or Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a {GIVEAWAY}

Try this ultra decadent, rich, creamy Peppermint Mocha for a wintery treat. There simply isn't anything better to have on Christmas morning than this frothy treat!


  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce
  • 6 ounces half and half (Whole milk can be substituted for a less decadent mocha)
  • 1 shot of espresso or 2 ounces double-strength brewed coffee (omit coffee if you're making a Hot Chocolate.)
  • whipped cream
  • 2 peppermint sticks (or 2 small candy canes), divided


Brew the espresso into a standard sized mug (or pour the still-hot double-strength coffee into your mug.) Omit the espresso or coffee if you're making a Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

Heat the hot fudge sauce and Half and Half together in a canning jar in the microwave or a small saucepan until steaming hot. Use a small whisk or a milk frother to vigorously combine the two until the hot fudge sauce is thoroughly melted into the mixture and it is slightly frothy. Pour it over the espresso or double-strength coffee in the mug. Dollop a generous amount of whipped cream on top of the drink. Crush one of the peppermint sticks or candy canes and sprinkle over the whipped cream. Use the remaining peppermint stick or candy cane to gently stir the drink and leave it in place as garnish.


Now for the giveaway! Do you see that gorgeous mug that’s holding the decadent mocha? -one of my favourite online kitchen wares retailers- sent those Mugtails to me about a month ago. They have scarcely had an empty moment since. They’re so charming and so sweet and so pretty I haven’t wanted to put them on the shelf. The mugs are a beautiful stark white and the fawn and squirrel impressions in the mug are slightly thinner than the rest of the mug. When held up to the light, it comes through the shapes slightly. If you were to drop a tea light into the mugs, they’d be stunning!

For those of you who -like me- are mug crazy, these are the sort you wrap your hands around. The tail on the fawn mug is obviously not designed as a method to hold the mug. The squirrel mug’s bushy tail is perfect for holding the mug, but you can still cup your hands around it if that’s your preference. has kindly offered to give away one of the Fawn Mugtails (pictured above: ARV $16) and one of these adorable Squirrel Mugtails (ARV: $16).


The Fawn Mugtail is a standard sized mug that holds a generous mocha or tall cup of coffee while the Squirrel Mugtail is more of a demi-tasse, espresso sized cup. You’d still have room for a goodly cap of whipped cream in the squirrel cup if that dings your chimes… Just imagine these beautiful cups for holiday entertaining! How do you win? I’m glad you asked! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry method you use so they’re all counted!

Mandatory Entry

Leave a comment here telling me which of the two mugs you’d prefer and tell me what you’d use to fill the mug!

Optional Entries:

You have until 9 a.m. EST on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 to enter! Winners will be announced here sometime on Monday. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: Korin Knives provided mugs for me to review and is giving two mugs away, but I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are mine alone!


  1. I like the Squirrel Mugtail.

  2. Squirrel one..:)

  3. Definitely love the fawn mug. I need room for LOTS of coffee

  4. I’d love the fawn one. I’d fill it up with booze, lots and lots of booze! LOL…..kidding. You know me….TEA!

  5. holy wow! those mugs are sooo cute. I think the fawn is just adorable! He would be a darling teacup at work :)

    My husband (and boys) would just love some of this fudge sauce in the house. Chocolate and peppermint just isn’t my thing, but I know they’ll L.O.V.E. it! (I’ll have to make some non-minty just for me!)

  6. I love the fawn mugs. I have so many deer in my yard. They are fun to watch too.

  7. I like ya on FB!

  8. I’d love the fawn mugtail for my morning coffee. My husband, who loves to hunt, would love them, too!

  9. These are just too cute! Squirrel one for sure.

  10. I follow ya on the Twitter!


  11. I already like Foodie on Facebook!

  12. I like you on FB

  13. I already like Foodie on Pinterest, too! :-)

  14. I follow you on Twitter!

  15. Just liked Korin on FB.

  16. The squirrel mug is absolutely adorable! I’d use it for my daily afternoon tea.

  17. I follow you on Instagram

  18. Ohhh Rebecca! You post the Abs Challenge just so you feel less guilty about giving us these wonderful recipes!!

    If we really do the challenge, maybe we will reward ourselves with the Peppermint Mocha!


  19. They are both cute. If have to pick one,Squirrel will be my choice. It will be perfect for a cup of coffee in the morning, or to hold some biscotti.

  20. Oh my! FIRST, love the drink. And those swizzel sticks? I found them at TJMaxx last week, YUM! That squirrel mug would be so fun. Since I’m a senior citizen and love to watch the birds and my squirrels it would be perfect :) Okay, not really a senior citizen, but I feel like one sometimes!!!

  21. I like ya on facebook!

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  23. Oh my! That recipe…It’s criminal! How divine does it sound!?!?! I’m sure it tastes better than it looks.

    Anyway, both mugs are adorable. I simply could not choose, so if I won, you could surprise me. :) I think I’d fill it with…coffee, hot cocoa…I might even find something to just fill it like tea bag packets or something so it could be on display all the time. Adorable!

  24. You said I have to do one for every way I follow you so, I follow you on Pinterest…

  25. And I follow you on Facebook…

  26. And I follow you on Twitter…and now I feel like a stalker. LOL :)

    This is a great give-away and a wonderful recipe!

    Have a great rest of the week, Rebecca!

  27. I love them both, but if i had to choose just one then I guess the squirrel no the fawn. I can’t make up my mind darnit.

  28. I like their knives. I most wanted the Togiharu Hammered Texture Damascus Gyutou, Nakiri, & Paring – 3 Piece Set.

  29. Also, I’d prefer the squirrel mug b/c I like having a good handle. I’d fill it with hot chocolate with Baileys or Barry’s Irish Tea with cream and sugar.

  30. MaryAnne Williams says:

    I adore that fawn mug and I would fill it every morning with coffee straight from the French press.

  31. The thought of the squirrel mug filled with this very peppermint mocha (which I plan on making very soon!) is making me drool right now.

  32. I love the fawn mug. I love a good cup of tea. Preferably chai. But I plan on making this mocha soon!

  33. I’m a FwF facebook fan.

  34. I follow you on Instagram (amystrat77)

  35. I follow you on twitter (@aat77)

  36. I follow Korin on twitter too

  37. I follow you on Pinterest

  38. The Togiharu Cobalt Damascus Santoku is beautiful! I’d love to have that in my knife collection!

  39. I would love that squirrel mug! So cute:)

  40. I love the squirrel! I would fill it with my favorite morning beverage – french press coffee with amaretto creamer!

  41. I would love the fawn mugs, and fill them up with your peppermint mocha! Looks delicious! :)

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  45. I follow Foodie with Fam on Pinterest

  46. I like Korin Knives on FB

  47. I follow Korin Knives on Twitter

  48. I visit Korin Knives and would love the Aqua Blue Round Plates!

  49. The squirrel is just too cute not to choose. I’d definitely be filling it with some delicious hot chocolate or hot tea this winter!

  50. I like Foodie with Family on Facebook!

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