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. Anitha says

    Ooh I love th both so much!!! I think squirrel, I’m more in love with the fawn but pretty sure that tail’d go missing in my house! :) omg, I’d fill it with peppermint mocha 20 times over, I’m drooling over your recipe! I “liked” foodie with family on Facebook…

  2. Linda G says

    I love the squirrel mug. I would fill it with anything caffeinated. Anything! They are cute and I hadn’t heard of Korin before but I will be checking out their website asap.

  3. Stoney Meadow Farm says

    How could any resist that little squirrel mug. Have to have one. If I win, will fill with fresh homemade eggnog (made with fresh milk from my goats, eggs from my flock, and cream from the local Amish dairy) topped with whipped cream and “nut”meg, of course! Are you drooling yet:)

  4. says

    Love the squirrel tail mug!! I would fill it with some chocolate and gift them to my SIL, who drinks WAY more coffee than I do (well, I drink none, so….yeah).

    I have
    Liked on FWF FB
    Followed FWF on Twitter;
    Followed on Pinterest;
    liked Korin on FB;
    Followed Korin on Twitter;
    and looking at Korin’s website I want a Togiharu Cobalt Damascus Santoku! The knife situation at our house is abysmal… :)

  5. lcwhitty says

    I love the squirrel’s bushy tail…would fill it with warm chicken broth to sip when the the weather is cold and wet.

  6. robinanne says

    The squirrel for sure. He is so cute. I live in the country and they are lovingly in my trees. Gotta love a squirrel! In it…either hot chocolate and marshmellows or Zen tea!

  7. Susan P says

    This is what I would choose……a small santoku knife for everyday use. It’s a lovely knife.


  8. says

    I would have to choose the squirrel if I could only have one because I have an incredible squirrel story from my past…precious memory! I would most likely put one of my most favorite candies inside it…Andes Mints…yummy!

  9. says

    I visited Korin’s website. Oh my, they have some awesome knives, kitchen items, gifts, etc. My favorite thing I found was the double glass walled mugs. My aunt gave me a set of glass mugs several years ago and unfortunately they are all broken now. I learned, when I drank from those mugs, that hot coffee and tea had a clean fresh taste to the beverage. I know you probably think I’m crazy but for me it’s true! : ) Do you think Santa will leave a set under my tree? I may have to help him out!

  10. jana says

    I would fill it with a tea, then a coffee and later (after the kids are asleep or during naptime) this peppermint mocha. yum!
    Fawn please!

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