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Recipe for Peppermint Hot Chocolate in the Instant Pot

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate - Instant Pot

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate made in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy treat on a chilly winter day. Added notes for a spiked version too!
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Keyword hot chocolate, instant pot, peppermint, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Pressurizing/Depressurizing 20 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder – not Dutch Processed
  • 1 tbsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • mini marshmallows
  • crushed peppermint optional
  • whipped cream optional
  • 1/2 cup peppermint schnapps or peppermint vodka for spiked version for the whole pot or add just 1/2 ounce per mug


  • Using your Instant Pot’s sauté setting, whisk to combine milk, heavy cream, chocolate, sugar, and cocoa powder.
  • Seal the lid of the Instant Pot and set the machine to high pressure for 1 minute.
  • After holding high pressure for 1 minute, allow for a natural release for 5 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
  • Remove lid, then give a quick whisk while adding the peppermint and vanilla extracts.
  • Serve in a mug.
  • Add marshmallows, crushed peppermint, and whipped cream for garnish.
  • If making the spiked version - stir in the schnapps or vodka just before serving.