DIY Peppermint Mocha Creamer

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I’m so happy it’s peppermint season again. Peppermint and chocolate just GO together, don’t they? Like peanut butter and jelly. Or cookies and milk. I can’t get enough of the combo and I am dreaming up ways to enjoy it in some delicious baked goods that will be great for the holidays. 

In October, I went on a pumpkin recipe spree, which included a homemade pumpkin pie creamer. It was fun to make my own creamer and I like being able to control how much sugar and what ingredients go into my morning coffee. I knew I had to try making creamer with my favorite flavor combo, and somehow managed to wait until December 1st (which seems like the unofficial start of peppermint chocolate season to me).

I used my homemade chocolate syrup to flavor the creamer, which I highly recommend you try. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own chocolate syrup (basically you just cook cocoa powder and sugar on the stovetop for a few minutes), and it is so much better than store bought syrup! I’ve had dozens and dozens of rave reviews on that recipe. Everyone loves it!

Besides the chocolate syrup, I just added a touch of peppermint extract to half and half to make the creamer. It couldn’t get much simpler than that. It isn’t super sweet however, so if you like very sweet coffee, I recommend adding a little sugar. Also, taste it as you go and add more or less peppermint extract based on how much peppermint you want in there (start with 1/4 teaspoon and work your way up).

DIY Peppermint Mocha Creamer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/3 cup homemade chocolate syrup
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (depending on how peppermint-y you like it)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk all the ingredients together.
  2. Heat until the mixture begins to steam, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat.
  3. Let it cool, then store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  4. Shake before using, then enjoy in your coffee.
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14 Responses to “DIY Peppermint Mocha Creamer”
  1. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. writes:

    Yum. Can’t wait to try this in my coffee. I love chocolate and mint flavor. I also like how you mentioned controlling the amount of sugar that goes into my drinks. It can be a real challenge sometimes. Thanks for the simple recipe.
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. recently posted Whole Braised Chicken

  2. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet writes:

    Oh yum! Can’t wait to try this!
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet recently posted Molasses Cookies

  3. Dawn | Dawn's Bella Via & C. writes:

    Looks good to me! I always associate peppermint with the holiday season, too. :)

    p.s. – is that the Dax Ecuyer font? Love that one! I’m a font geek… ;) xo, Dawn

  4. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Christina, it can be so challenging not to consume tons of sugar in everything. I love making homemade versions of things like this to help.

  5. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    I hope you enjoy it, Anna!

  6. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Good eye, Dawn! It is that font. PicMonkey has is as one of their winter font options right now. As a font geek and a baker, you might love these letterpress cookie cutters!

  7. Twingle Mommy writes:

    Oooo this looks good. How long does the cream stay fresh?
    Twingle Mommy recently posted When Your Son Rides the Short Bus

  8. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Twingle Mommy, it should stay fresh until the expiration date on your carton of half and half.

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) writes:

    Peppermint and chocolate is the best! Love this creamer!
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted chocolate-peppermint cookies

  10. Michele Fulton writes:

    Oh, yum!!! I just made this & it is FANTASTIC!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  11. Bethany writes:

    I actually tried the chocolate syrup and added peppermint extract to mine…I also used dark chocolate cocoa powder instead…omg it came out AMAZING!!! Thanks for the recipe I will definately be making this again.

  12. Bethany writes:

    I also substituted half the sugar for stevia…which makes it even healthier! Love that it doesn’t have all the high fructose crap either!! :D

  13. Kelsie writes:

    Help please…..my chocolate syrup came out gritty….what happened????

  14. Stephanie Saunders writes:

    Kelsie, I’m not sure. Did the sugar dissolve completely?

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