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An enamel mug (with the word love on it) of hot chocolate with cream, crushed candy cane pieces and popping candy. Christmas decorations in the background
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Candy Cane Hot Chocolate with Popping Candy

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate is flavoured with peppermint candy canes and topped with cream, candy cane pieces & popping candy. They are crazily fun and make the perfect cosy festive treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Non-alcoholic Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 476kcal


  • 450 ml/ 2 cups whole milk
  • 40 g/ ¼ cup dark chocolate – chopped
  • 60 g/ ½ cup milk chocolate – chopped
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 peppermint candy cane – approx. 6-7 inches long
  • Whipped cream - lots
  • 2 teaspoon Popping Candy (I use Experichef which keeps for ages)


  • Break the candy cane into pieces and put into a freezer bag, then bash with a rolling pin until it is broken into small chunks
  • Take ⅓ of the candy pieces out and set aside. Keep on hitting the remaining candy until fairly fine (or grind using a pestle & mortar)
  • Put the ground candy cane, chocolate, cornflour and milk into a saucepan and heat gently, stirring frequently, until the candy cane and chocolate have melted. Turn up the heat slightly and continue to stir until piping hot and the mixture has thickened slightly.
  • Pour into mugs then top with the whipped cream, reserved candy cane pieces and the popping candy


This recipe was inspired by the specials board at the Chocolate Theatre Cafe, Windsor. Update (September 2016) - this cafe has recently closed due to the owner wishing to retire. I miss my chocolate fix when shopping in Windsor now.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 3mg