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}
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Enjoy!

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. Sunshine says

    I love squirrels! They are so….squirrely! HA! Alas, my dog does not…archenemy #1. And I would fill cup with an Irish Coffee after shoveling!

  2. says

    I love the Fawn Mugtails the best, I am a coffee drinker, so the larger of the two would be my choice. The other one I would use a display, fill it with maybe candy canes for Xmas or just put a nice candle in it per your suggestion.

  3. Jen says

    Squirrel mug! Oh my gosh so cute! My mugs get taken by my boys all the time… This one would be mommas tea mug. For those rare brief moments when I can actually enjoy it hot! :). You already consume my recipe pin board, but alas no social media for me!

  4. Libby Bruno says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the doe mug! It was the first thing I notices when I saw the post. I would fill it with holiday drinks like peppermint mocha, Evan Williams egg nog, creamy chai teas, and so much more! Love it!! Happy Holidays!

  5. Joanna says

    I would love the fawn mug and would fill it with one of my favorite dessert coffees, Mexicali Coffee, which is melted chocolate chips heated with milk & then combined with cinnamon coffee and topped with whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon. And if a splash of alcohol fell in there, that would be ok too!

  6. Jan K says

    The fawn cup is cute and I though I don’t drink coffee I do drink tea and hot chocolate maybe I will try using your peppermint hot fudge sauce to make hot chocolate, sound yummy.

  7. Anna K says

    I like the fawn mug and I would fill it with my green tea w. honey on good days and decadent hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on not so good days :)

  8. wendy m. says

    Both are so cute! I do like the fawn though. Soy hot chocolate is my favorite. Coming in second is soy chai tea latte. Oh, but the kiddos will want to drink from it – so they’ll either get hot cocoa or mulled cider. Mmmmmm.

  9. Kelly Miller says

    I would love the squirrel mug. I have squirrels that play outside my computer window and they are so fun to watch, even when they jump onto my roof and scare me!! I loved the Togiharu Hammered Texture Damascus Santoku & Petty / Utility Knife – 2 Piece Set on the Korin website!!!

  10. wendy m. says

    Oh, just visited the website. Would love the Zojirushi Gourmet Electric Skillet, so we can have at-the-table cooking – shabu shabu, sukiyaki, fondue, hot pot!

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