Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We enjoyed a surprisingly warm, sunny day. I don’t think the furnace turned on once, though with the oven going most of the day, it probably wouldn’t have turned on even if it were colder out!

Because of the warm weather, I wanted to find a way to start the Christmas season off without warming up the house more than it already had been the last few days! Enter ice cream. For me, ice cream is a year round food. However, with the weather reaching into the 70’s (!!) earlier this week, I didn’t need an excuse! :)

This ice cream is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit without turning on your oven. Mix together some hot chocolate mix with crushed candy canes, and fat-free half&half to create the creamy base for this ice cream. Swirl in some marshmallow creme after the ice cream is soft set, or skip it if you aren’t a marshmallow fan, and you have a cold rendition of a holiday favorite!  And, of course, it goes wonderfully with a big mug of peppermint hot chocolate!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 quart


  • 1 (15 oz) fat free evaporated milk, chilled
  • 1 (14 oz) fat free sweetened condensed milk, chilled
  • 1/2 C hot chocolate mix (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/2 C fat-free half & half (you can use milk but the half & half will make the ice cream creamier), chilled
  • 1/2 C crushed peppermint candies
  • 1/2 C or about half of a container of marshmallow creme (optional for swirl)
  • crushed peppermint candies for garnish, optional
  • miniature marshmallows for garnish, optional


  1. Whisk together, milks, hot chocolate mix, baking cocoa, and half & half until well-combined.
  2. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Five minutes before the finishing time or when ice cream is soft set, add crushed peppermint candies and finish churning.
  3. Remove ice cream to a freezer safe container. Spoon small amounts of marshmallow creme over the top. Swirl marshmallow creme with a knife to distribute throughout.
  4. Place ice cream in the freezer for an hour to finish freezing.

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  1. Mmm, mmm! What a treat! By this time of the year, we havne’t eaten much ice cream and start to crave it! I can see eating a lot of this! Especially since it has been so warm!

  2. This ice cream sounds awesome. The combination of chocolate and mint is something I can’t turn down! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving…enjoy your weekend!

  3. Ahhh I love this ice cream! It just screams “HOLIDAY SEASON” to me!!! Yum yum yummerssss

  4. I think I love you. This sounds fabulous!!! I love peppermint, hot chocoate, and ice cream–but TOGETHER? Holy moly – yum!

  5. ahhh oh my god! This is perfect, everything about this gets me excited for Christmas too!

  6. Oh yum! Love chocolate and peppermint combo!

  7. YUMMY thats all I can say right now! I will be pinning this, so iI can make this weekend!

  8. This looks amazing! Definitely pinning this to my ice cream board. :)

  9. I never thought of these flavors with ice cream before! Probably because it’s always freezing when I am craving hot chocolate and peppermint in the frozen tundra of NJ. Such a cool (teehee) idea!

  10. our Thanksgiving was warm too…our boys were playing outside in t-shirts! and ice cream is totally fine like everyday of the year…coldness never stops me!

  11. What lovely flavors!! It’s cold outside… but I would still love to eat a bowl of this ice cream. :)

  12. Yum! I am a fan of ice cream year-round. I love this festive Christmas-time ice cream. I looks really yummy!

  13. This is absolutely amazing! I eat ice cream all year round – and now I can have peppermint in the middle of July. :)

  14. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I think it’s a sweet surprise to have ice-cream in the colder months. This looks fantastic!

  15. Jessica…I am with you. My ice cream machine runs all year round! I love your idea of turning hot chocolate into ice cream! Cool, creamy, pepperminty chocolate! And to have a hot cup of cocoa to sip in between is just the best! You’ve just instantly put me into the Christmas spirit! : )

  16. Peppermint hot chocolate icec ream ,what a treat! It looks gorgeous too.

  17. We eat ice cream year round too! I am loving the hot chocolate and mint in this yummy looking ice cream! Perfect holiday flavor!!!

  18. What a fabulous recipe! Ice cream is my favorite food, I refuse to give it up in the cold months.

  19. I totally and completely agree – ice cream is a year round food. In fact some of my favorite flavors are the ones in the winter :)

    This looks delicious and I would happily eat multiple bowls of it!!

  20. How did I miss this? Peppermint ice cream is one of my favorites, third only to bubblegum and spumoni :) and peppermint hot cocoa is one of my favorite holiday drinks, so basically, this ice cream is a dream come true.

  21. Drooling over this delicious frozen treat!

  22. This ice cream sounds fantastic!! I may have to bust out my ice cream maker for this!

  23. Yum, I’m freezing my buns off right now and ice cream still looks good to me. By the way, I just noticed how often you post recipes … You are a Cooking Machine! Wishing you Happy Holidays :)

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