Holiday menus have dropped and what’s one of the most popular drinks on the menu? Candy cane mochas of course! These chocolaty drinks not only taste delicious, but they’re great for getting you and your guests into the Christmas spirit.

For those who want to host a Christmas gathering or just stay in and cozy up with their own homemade candy cane mocha, we have the recipe for you.

What is a Candy Cane Mocha?

A peppermint mocha is essentially Christmas in a cup. But what’s even better? A peppermint mocha made with candy canes! It’s a fun twist on a Holiday classic. This refreshing mix of espresso, milk, chocolate and peppermint flavoring, which is all then topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with more crushed up candy canes will have you going back for more.

Homemade Candy Cane Mocha Recipe

Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1


  • 3/4 cup of milk (dairy or plant-based)
  • 3 Tbsp of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 of a cup of brewed espresso
  • 2 mini candy canes or 1 big candy (add to your preference)
  • 1/4 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and toppings of your choice

How To Make a Homemade Candy Cane Mocha


Step One

In a small saucepan add milk, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract and your candy canes. Place on medium heat.


Occasionally stir until bubbles begin to appear around the edges and the candy canes fully dissolve into your mix.

As stated in the ingredients, the amount of candy canes placed within your mixture is entirely up to you! In this recipe I used two mini candy canes and found it the perfect amount for a subtle but satisfying peppermint taste.

Step Two

Time to add your espresso. You can easily brew your espresso at home using a moka pot. I used the most popular one on the market; the GROSCHE MILANO Stovetop Espresso Maker.

I recommend using Smooth Silver Espresso or Gold Espresso for the best tasting mocha that gives an extra kick.

First time making espresso? Don’t worry – You can learn how to brew espresso here.

Step Three

Stir in your espresso. If you find that your mixture looks very dark, it means that it has a strong mix of coffee.

If you’re not a huge fan of a coffee taste and you’d prefer a weaker mocha, you can add more milk to lighten up the mixture.

Once this is done your candy cane mocha is ready to go, which leads us to our next step..

Step Four

Time to serve! Pour the mixture into a glass. You can add some whipped cream on top, finish it off with crushed candy cane pieces and voila. You’ve just made a delicious, homemade candy cane mocha.