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Homemade Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

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Hi Bold Bakers!

The Holidays are a time for feasting, sharing and indulgence. It’s a time for eating, drinking and being merry. Nothing warms the soul more than warm drinks on a cold Fall night. I have to admit that I am one of those people that loves to see those red cups come out, even if it is November.

Starbucks embraces the season and goes all out with their signature Fall drinks such as Pumpkin Spice LatteSalted Caramel Hot Chocolate and of course the delicious Peppermint Mocha. If you’re gonna do it, do it right that’s what I say.

I’m all for “teaching a person to fish” and that’s why I’m sharing these recipes with you. Once you know how to make your own you won’t want to go back to the original. The beauty is these are made with good quality ingredients rather than “one pump of peppermint flavor.” You can make them equally as delicious as one you could buy but make it at home instead.

Chocolate loves to be paired with certain ingredients that really makes its flavor pop. Coffee and peppermint happen to be some of those flavors. Pairing these ingredients together means that they bring out the flavors in each other, only making the Mocha more flavorful. I can see why this is one of the most popular Starbucks drinks for the Holidays.

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These recipes multiply really well so if you are having friends over make up a big pot and serve it hot with whipped cream on top. These drinks are so satisfying and decadent, they would almost replace dessert.  Only joking, nothing replaces dessert!

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Want even MORE Starbucks drinks? Check out my recipe for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Latte.

4.64 from 22 votes
Peppermint Mocha Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Servings: 1 mug
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1/2 cup (4oz / 115g) milk
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) coffee
  • 1 oz (30g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons peppermint extract
  1. In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients except the peppermint.
  2. Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat, add the peppermint, pour into your mug.

  4. Decorate with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkles over some crushed candy canes. Enjoy!


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  1. Saki on January 29, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    In order to not dirty a sauce pan, I put the one ounce of chocolate in the coffee mug, then turned on my Keurig to let the chocolate melt while the coffee poured into it. Then to make sure adding cold milk wouldn’t effect it, I heated that up in the microwave and added it to the mixture. Worked pretty well 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on January 30, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      WOW, that’s a great tip, thank you!

  2. Caroline C Yue on December 24, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Can I use chocolate chips?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Yes, if that’s what you have on hand. Enjoy!

  3. Monica on December 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I love this recipe! I have tried making other coffee drinks from recipes found elsewhere online and haven’t found any of them to be very good. This recipe is an exception! It is sooo EASY and VERY tasty! I have made it multiple times in the last two weeks and have been telling others to try it.

    It is better than the Starbucks version!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that, Monica! Thanks for trying it out 🙂


  4. Paul Spaulding on November 2, 2018 at 4:21 am

    When do you put in the peppermint? The first instructions says to heat up everything in pot except peppermint. Then there is no mention of adding peppermint.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 3, 2018 at 5:56 am

      Hi Paul,
      I take your point! sorry, I will change this right now. You add it before you pour it into the mug.
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Carolyn hurst on October 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Can’t wait to try!

  6. Pavithra on December 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Hey, I just wanted to say that me and my friends were making a bunch of hot chocolate recipes and this one was the best! I absolutely loved it. I love your videos and recipes so much!!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

      Thank you for this very kind review of this recipe, I am happy to have it,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Carol J Bauman on February 27, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Love love love your website. thank you so much for all the receipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Thank you Carol, I am delighted to have you with us.
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Josh Layaog on February 12, 2017 at 3:08 am

    wouldn’t I be able to taste the coffee if it’s more than the milk? I think it’s a bit too strong

    • Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, that is the idea for some people, who like a coffee flavour, you can reduce this if you wish, or choose another recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Maya on January 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Gemma, this recipe is amazing but here in Switzerland i can’t find the peppermint extract. 🙁 Can I use the fresh mint ( blended)?
    Thank you ?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 27, 2017 at 1:58 am

      Hi there Maya,
      I would not do this, but you can make your own extract. The recipe is here on my website.
      Alternatively you could use the mint to infuse the milk, that is bring the milk to the boil and turn it off, add the mint and allow it to sit in the fridge until cold, that will do it,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Lexi on January 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

    So when do you put the peppermint in?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Hi there, at the end really, though it does not matter so much,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. LadyMayra on December 17, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Hye Gemma. I’m a Malaysian and one of your fan. I don’t like baking but that’s until I often watching your video (requested by my boys) and now I too giddy to try out your recipes and one of it is this starbuck drink for good or bad to know that I never drink it for my 27yrs of life. Not because I’m boycot of it just I don’t know why I don’t feel wanted to buy.
    But after I saw your video and those heaven whipped cream on it, my mouth watery and I said to my husband, “definitely want to try this made by my own hand of course.”
    Thanks for the recipes and you become my inspiring to baking *wink*

    • Gemma Stafford on December 17, 2016 at 2:55 am

      hi there, that is so good to hear, and nice that you are in the kitchen, your family will appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Ashanthalus on November 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Gemma! You kill me! This is amazing :). Thank you for such a delicious and not so bad for you recipe. It’s WAY better than anything at Starbucks. It tastes real and not like the semi-questionable mocha syrup they use.

    Thank you :). You’re brilliant 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on November 17, 2016 at 1:58 am

      This is true! haha! I will be in trouble 😉

  13. Khushi on November 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Wow im in love with this website
    Caters to everyone ?

    You said you made your own peppermint extract
    I didn’t find the recipe to that
    If you could tell me 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on November 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much, I’m delighted you like my website. Welcome to the community. Here is the link to making your own extracts, like vanilla, lemon and mint . You would want to add peppermint or sphere mint into the jar to get what you are looking for.

      Good Luck,

  14. MelvinLoong on November 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Great & simple recipe, taste good & save money.Thank you Gemma.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 8, 2016 at 2:31 am

      That is the idea Melvin 🙂

  15. Lynn on November 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Sorry I meant coffee

  16. Lynn on November 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

    We can cruch it with the Cacao powder

    • Gemma Stafford on November 8, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Hi Lynn, if you use coffee powder use the best you can find. Is this what you mean? Gemma 🙂

  17. Lynn on November 6, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Can we use pepper
    Mint candy, cause I found it delicious it’s even better than extract

    • Gemma Stafford on November 6, 2016 at 3:46 am

      Hi Lynn, you can, but how will you incorporate it into the liquids? 🙂

  18. Cynthia on November 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe but…it never actually says to add the peppermint in the instructions. It says not to add it in step 1 then never mentions it from there. Or am I misreading it?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 6, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Hi Cynthia, thsnk you for bringing this to my attention, I have amended the recipe. you add it at the assembly stage 🙂

  19. amanda on November 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

    You stated how important it is to buy good quality chocolate. Can you tell me what kind is good and where to buy?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 5, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Hi Amanda, this depends on where you live. Here in the US I like to buy Ghirardelli ( when I can, but I sometimes buy it in my local store, at great value. The important thin is the cocoa content, 70% is just about right to work with. you will find this information on the back of the label. Many stores now have the origin of the chocolate too, and this is a matter of taste. So, do some research, decide what you like, and use the special ones for special occasions! You will have fun doing the research, taste and make notes on what you are tasting, you will be an expert in no time 🙂

  20. Cadence on November 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Could I use cold brew coffee instead of freshly brewed coffee? Can’t wait to try out this recipe! Thanks!?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 4, 2016 at 3:03 am

      Do you mean coffee which has gone cold? If so yes, just as long as it has not gone stale, this will affect the flavor,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Fatima Mahmud on November 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Amazing!!! Can’t wait to try it out for myself and plus I’be saving money too 😀 Thanks Gemma X

    • Gemma Stafford on November 4, 2016 at 3:12 am

      Hi Fatima, yes, that is the idea, we can only keep money if we do not spend it! though that is so hard 🙂

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