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Cacao recipe | Christmas on cacao | Festive cacao

Candy Cane Hot Cacao

It's December already, the weather is turning chilly in the Northern hemisphere, and many parts of the world are fast preparing for the festive season in all its glory! As we snuggle up to our fireplaces with their decorated mantlepieces at night, whether alone, with a loved one, family, or friends, this is the perfect time for a Christmas Cocoa! 

There is nothing that spells comfort and love like sipping a healthy hot chocolate and watching the flames of the fire. And when that healthy hot chocolate happens to be Keith's Cacao, spiced up and sprinkled up with peppermint, whipped cream, and candy cane, then the warm, velvety feeling radiates from the inside out.

Our Candy Cane Hot Cacao recipe takes mere minutes to make, and it's warm, creamy, minty, cozy, and delectable! The ideal Christmas drink to instantly get you into the holiday spirit, like drinking in the Christmas season! 

Cacao is always a good idea, and spicing it up for Christmas is an even better one! So if you are looking for Christmas Beverage ideas, this peppermint-spiced, candy-cane sprinkled Christmas Cocoa is the perfect drink to sip this time of the year. You'll find that the rich flavor of Keith's Cacao combines so well with peppermint that you might want to keep this one for even after the holidays! 

And while peppermint gives this warm drink the cooling effect of snow, star anise, a quintessential Christmas spice, adds its own distinct flavor, not to mention its antiviral capabilities, which make it a great ally in the flu season! 

Of course, no Christmas Cocoa drink would be complete without a topping. This recipe uses coconut whipping cream, which you can also substitute for any other non-dairy whipping cream of your liking. You can, therefore, enjoy this healthy hot chocolate with your vegan friends and those who want to make more ethically-sourced food choices. 

And for the finish, add the essential Christmas decoration of candy cane, and voila! You now have one of the best Christmas drink ideas, all served up. Enjoy! 

Candy Cane Cacao

Servings: 2

Keywords: Christmas recipe, cacao recipe, hot cacao

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 mins
  • Total Time: 3 mins




  • 44 g Keith's Cacao
  • 500 ml water
  • a pinch of ground star anise
  • 1 drop of peppermint essential oil / or 1.5 drops of spearmint
  • maple syrup to taste
  • vegan whipped cream
  • candy canes for decoration


  1. Blend the cacao with the hot water and maple syrup in a blender.
  2. Add the peppermint/spearmint essential oil.
  3. Top with whipped vegan cream.
  4. Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top, and serve with a candy cane in the cup.
  5. Alternatively you can brew a fresh peppermint tea and let it simmer with two star anise, sweeten to your liking and use the brew as the liquid for the cacao base.
  6. You can also vary this recipe by adding a dash of ground ginger, add vanilla sugar to the coconut whipped cream and leaving the cacao unsweetened, stir the cacao with a candy cane until it dissolves to sweeten and add flavour, and/or replace the maple syrup with coconut sugar!


Keep in mind that peppermint oil is very intense, so use moderately. Spearmint is slightly sweeter and softer.

Make sure to use essential oils that are safe to ingest or use mint flavouring/aroma/syrup.

Recipe by Laura Durban

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