Homemade Peppermint Mocha Lattes

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In the last few weeks, we’ve been experimenting and making our own coffeehouse-style drinks at home. By far, the biggest hit with our whole coffee-loving family has been the classic mocha latte combination. I’ve made a gazillion of them recently and it hasn’t gotten old yet.

Coffee and cocoa, you say?! You had us all from the start… for sure.

The other day I was in my kitchen and fresh from a grocery store visit, where I was momentarily surrounded by peppermint-flavored everything, and I just couldn’t get the thought of those addicting peppermint mocha coffee drinks off of my mind.
Yep, one big peppermint mocha latte sounded really good right then.
BUT, I was home and my shoes were off and there was no way I was driving out to get one.

My daughter came running up at pretty much that very minute, candy cane in hand, begging for me to open it up for her. One of our Christmas traditions is to decorate our tree with candy canes…which steadily disappear before the big day arrives. It was then I decided to go get one from the tree too because it dawned on me that crushed candy cane might work to make a peppermint coffee drink! I’m sure most barristas use a peppermint syrup, which I could have made too, I guess, but crushed candy just seems way more festive, right? (and, yes, easier too)

I made the first one for myself with cocoa, sugar, crushed candy cane pieces, milk and some hot coffee topped with a swirl of whipped cream and it was a real treat. The peppermint flavor was very subtle compared to my favorite coffee-house version, but still it was good.

As my kids are telepathically drawn to anything topped with whipped cream and candy, of course, I made some decaf peppermint mocha lattes for them too. For an added bit of cuteness, I garnished their drinks with a whole candy cane.

As it turned out, that addition of the whole candy cane added the huge pop of peppermint deliciousness the first attempt had been missing… and it looked extra cheery too!

We officially have a new family favorite thing and we hope you like it too.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha Lattes                         printable recipe


  • 1 heaping teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping teaspoon crushed candy cane or peppermint candy
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons sugar or other sweetener or choice
  • 1/3 cup milk or half and half (adjust measurement to your taste)
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee
  • whipped cream, for topping, optional (I used Reddi-Whip)
  • 1 whole candy cane or peppermint candy pieces, for garnish
1.  Layer all dry ingredients in a large coffee mug.
2. Top with milk and hot coffee.
3. Top with whipped cream, add a whole candy cane to the cup and/or top with crushed peppermint candy pieces for garnish.
4. Enjoy!


  1. i love this, marcelle! and for a fraction of the starbucks price, no doubt. 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas, Karen and thank you!

  3. Thank you, John! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. Peppermint and chocolate are a terrific combination and your mocha lattes sound perfect.

  5. This looks terrific! And SO seasonal! Very nice drink — thanks. BTW, I’m taking off the rest of the year, so I’d like to wish you happy holidays!

  6. I hope you like it, Cheri! Thank you 🙂

  7. Hi Marcelle, I've been waiting for this post. Mochas are my favorite except this time of year, then it is the peppermint ones. Now I can make my own. Yippee!!

  8. So festive and beautiful!

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