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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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Friday 21st of December 2012

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 :)

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes

Tuesday 4th of December 2012

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

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Wednesday 28th of November 2012

Drooling over this delicious frozen treat!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Monday 26th of November 2012

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.

Nicole @The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Monday 26th of November 2012

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!!