I’ve told you before that I don’t like coffee, unless it is loaded with lots of sugar and syrups and cream. And whatever other addictive substance they put in that liquid crack. Naturally, peppermint mochas fit the bill. I like to enjoy one or two hot peppermint mocha lattes during the holiday season, but since I also don’t love warm drinks, I’d rather drink them cold.

This makes me sound quite picky. I promise I am not.

Except when it comes to shoes. And chocolate. And men. You know, all of the important things.

Last Friday, I swung through the Starbucks drive-thru and got the elusive peppermint mocha. A medium. Not a grandelargeventiwhateveryoucallit. I’m seriously an embarrassment to myself.

I have many bad habits, but am thrilled to say that spending money on daily coffee and going through drive-thru’s are not one of them. Instead I choose to throw money away on inanimate objects like shoes that can only be worn once.

As I stumbled out of bed on Saturday morning, all I could think about was this peppermint mocha. They must have added extra crack on Friday. I don’t know what else it could be. All I knew was that I needed it now.

And when there isn’t a single grind of good coffee in your house, you whip up a frozen shake!

Let me just tell you that I adore mint and chocolate combinations. I find them to be incredibly refreshing and you get to eat more since it doubles as a breath mint.

This was so delicious that I have had three more glasses since Saturday. One being last evening as I watched the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show feeling like a stuffed sausage.

And I didn’t even have to brush my teeth before bed because it was so minty!

Sorry Mr. How Sweet.

Peppermint Mocha Milkshake

serves 1

1 cup chocolate milk (almond, rice or soy works too!)

4 ice cubes

1/2 cup greek yogurt (ice cream works too, I just didn’t have any)

1/2 tablespoon instant coffee powder (this can be adjusted given your coffee tastes)

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/4 teaspoon sugar for some sweetness

whipped cream for garnish

1 candy cane

Throw all ingredients into a blender except for whipped cream and candy cane. Bread the top off of the candy cane and crush. Pour shake into glass and top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane. Throw the remaining candy can stick in the shake!

The best part? I get this all to myself. Mr. How Sweet hates chocolate and mint together. I know. What planet is he from?

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100 Responses to “Peppermint Mocha Milkshake.”

  1. #
    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — December 1, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    What a great idea! I was obsessed with pumpkin milkshakes last year…I think I might have to make one tonight! :)


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    Kelly@TearingUpHouses — December 1, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    My husband would LOVE this. As I’ve gotten older, though, I’m one of those weirdos that isn’t a fan of peppermint in my beverages. Odd, I know.



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    Corey @ the runner's cookie — December 1, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    I love mint and chocolate together – andes mints sprinkled on top of this would be tasty I bet!


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    Jessie K — December 1, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    Awesome! Girlfriend, you read my mind! I had 1 (2) at Barnes and Noble while I was in MT visiting relatives, but I live in the boonies and we don’t have anything except a small coffee shop that is closed on Mondays (of all things)! I have been dying for another and was just about to surf the net to see what I could find. Now I don’t have to!

    By the way, a pair of boots that I absolutely cannot live without:

    I thought you’d appreciate… ;)


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    Sues — December 1, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    This is so pretty and festive looking!! And just delicious :) :) I can’t believe Mr. Sweet doesn’t like chocolate and mint together. That’s just wrong!


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    Cheryl — December 1, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh, how I’ve missed your posts! Love how you can make this at home and don’t have to hit the coffee shops/drive thru’s! Love the pictures, too!


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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 1, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Mm-mmmm! You have me craving this AND a hot peppermint mocha!


  8. #
    Paige (running around normal) — December 1, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    That milkshake looks so pretty!! I’m not a huge mint chocolate fan, but every now and then I’ll crave it:)


  9. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 1, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    OH YUMMMMM I love chocolate and mint together…gingerbread shake up next!!!!


  10. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 1, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    Looks delicious!!! I’m loving those mint chips!


  11. #
    Nicole, RD — December 1, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    This looks like THE ultimate, perfect holiday drink! Must try!


  12. #
    Tracy — December 1, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

    I’m not even a huge mint fan, but this looks delicious!


  13. #
    Liz — December 1, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    I love drinking out of mason jars!


  14. #
    Ashley — December 1, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    I’ll bring the lighting, you bring the shakes. :)


    • Jessica — December 1st, 2010 @ 11:38 pm



  15. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — December 1, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    This looks wayyyy better than anything you could ever, ever buy! Wow. I love my coffee loaded up with sugary syrups and cream and you name it…the more the merrier LOL


  16. #
    Ellen@FirednFabulous — December 2, 2010 @ 2:08 am

    Holy holy YUMMM. Chocolate and peppermint is one of my all-time favorite combos. And this looks just so festive and cute, LOVE!


  17. #
    ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska — December 2, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Yum!!! I had forgotten about peppermint around the holidays (becoming lactose intolerant sucks)! I may be making this at home soon.


  18. #
    Dawn — December 2, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    Now this looks amazing!! Great photos & sounds delicious.


  19. #
    Faith — December 2, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    That looks INCREDIBLE! I can’t believe that it worked to use greek yogurt in a drink! Such a cool idea! I LOVE mint-flavored things :)


  20. #
    Brittany — December 2, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    What an absolute treat! This looks like it could be from Starbucks.


  21. #
    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — December 2, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    Oh yum! I like how this can use either yogurt or ice cream. My husband loves the choco-mint combo!


  22. #
    Kat — December 2, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

    look heavenly. I bet it tastes even better than the Peppermint Mocha I get at Starbucks but costs way less lol.


  23. #
    Kat — December 2, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

    On another unrelated note – sorry I’m posting twice – we have the same measuring spoons. I am very excited.


    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

      We rock!


  24. #
    DessertForTwo — December 2, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    Haha–you’re hilarious! Yes, mint + chocolate means you don’t have to brush your teeth! I thought everyone knew that? :)


  25. #
    Heather — December 3, 2010 @ 2:46 am

    I LOVE the colors in this! I just have to say it: those little green mint chips are adorable!


  26. #
    Chelsea — December 3, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    Oh my goodness, Jess. I love you.


  27. #
    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 4, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    That looks soo good.. I love any drink that has coffee in it, hot or cold!! I wish I could buy those mint chips too :(


  28. #
    Jennifer — December 8, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    What a festive holiday drink!


  29. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 9, 2010 @ 2:41 am

    This is KILLING me right now. Can you deliver one to my house right now? It looks fabulous.


  30. #
    Kelly — December 10, 2010 @ 3:48 am

    OMG! Can I just say.. I love you! I made this as a Protein shake (sub: Chocolate muscle milk light for chocolate milk ;omit sugar) Mine didn’t look as pretty as yours though :)


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    Faith Wilson — June 26, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    so my sister and I just made this but we used real mint instead of peppermint extract…that counts as a serving of vegetables, right?



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