Christmas Cocoa Recipe
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Christmas Cocoa Recipe

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“A sprinkling of crushed candy cane lends a festive touch to this creamy hot cocoa…or place a chocolate mint candy cane in each mug as a stirrer,” suggests Lori Daniels of Beverly, West Virginia. TIP: Serve this heartwarming beverage with Christmas cookies to welcome friends in from the cold after skating, sledding or caroling.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup instant chocolate drink mix
  • 5 chocolate mint candy canes, crushed
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 823 calories, 43g fat (27g saturated fat), 155mg cholesterol, 308mg sodium, 107g carbohydrate (92g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk and drink mix. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Remove from the heat. Set aside 1 tablespoon crushed candy canes for garnish. Stir remaining candy canes into cocoa; keep warm.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Ladle cocoa into mugs. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle with reserved crushed candy canes. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Cocoa in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p27

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suefalk User ID: 6736080 239288
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"Delicious! The light topping is worth the extra (simple) step. Fun and easy for kids too!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 139350
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"This is delicious served with Christmas cookies. I could not find the chocolate mint candy canes so I just used the regular peppermint."

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 113396
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This is delicious. We always bring some with us to sip while we look at Christmas lights."

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