With Pumpkin Spice out the door, the new flavor of winter has entered businesses everywhere. As early as November, this flavor entered drinks in Starbucks and products in Trader Joe's. Being one of my absolute flavor combinations growing up as a child, every year I purchase every chocolate peppermint treat that comes in sight. Here is the collection that I found over the years (of both chocolate peppermint and candy cane), and continue to get on an annual basis.
Candy Cane Tic Tacs
This first one may be a little bit of a stretch with the chocolate peppermint flavor, but if you just had chocolate and then popped one of these, it's the same thing. These Candy Cane Tic Tacs are super cute and better than the original flavors of tic tacs, maybe because of the cute candy cane on each one.
Candy Cane Chill Blizzard
DQ may not seem like the place to go in December, but it is this year. One of the two seasonal treats they have this winter, their Candy Cane Chill Blizzard features hearty chunks of both chocolate and candy cane. The combination was minty delicious, and I loved seeing the ice cream turn pink as I was eating it. I would love to see how it tastes if I got it mixed with chocolate ice cream instead, if that would overpower the mint entirely or not. Overall, definitely a fan favorite from me.
Candy Cane Tootsie Pop
Now these lollipops are one of the reasons that I have loved the flavor of chocolate peppermint throughout my childhood. I used to have these lollipops about once a year, and I always thought it was the coolest thing because it was like an easier to eat candy cane, with a tootsie roll in the middle. The combination of a chocolate tootsie roll and mint may sound weird, but it created lasting memories during my childhood years.
Peppermint Bark is something that some families make home-made every year as tradition, but the closest that I've gotten are these Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares. The perfect combination of white chocolate, dark chocolate, and peppermint creates this wintry treat a great after-palate and dessert all in one.
Peppermint/Candy Cane Tea
These pics are also a little off the chocolate peppermint theme, but they are some of my favorites. These peppermint teas from Trader Joe's appeared just in time for the holiday season, and their combination of the minty goodness and other flavors adds some spice to my daily mint tea.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Although this flavor is typically ordered as the "Peppermint Mocha", for those non-coffee people out there who still love chocolate peppermint, the Peppermint Hot Chocolate is my favorite drink that Starbucks offers during the year hands-down. It is only around as long as the Peppermint Mocha is, so you better get it while the flavor is still in stores.
Peppermint Flavored Ice Cream Cones
My absolute favorite on the list are these "Hold the Cone" miniature ice cream cones from Trader Joe's. Originally released as a plain vanilla with a chocolate coating, Trader Joe's has since expanded this line of products to feature holiday editions this year. This Peppermint Ice Cream coated in chocolate with a chocolate cone is the winter edition, featured after the fall creation of pumpkin ice cream with white sugar coating and a ginger cone. The new flavors are a good treat to add to the freezer, and make a perfect on the go snack.
(Not Pictured) Candy Cane Joe Joe's
Trader Joe's take on Oreo's has taken a spin this winter with their Candy Cane Joe Joe's. The regular frosting was mixed with bits of candy cane, creating a minty crunch when combined with the chocolate cookie. They make a great watching tv and accidentally eat a whole sleeve snack.
White Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps
Last on the list are these white chocolate peppermint pretzel crisps that I could probably eat the whole bag of in one sitting. Having always been a pretzel lover, finding pretzel crisps was a dream come true, only to later find out that they made some covered in chocolate, and even peppermint in winter time. Thus, a combination of my 3 favorite flavors was made: salty, sweet, and minty. The combination may sound like a lot, but they balance each other perfectly, making this the best snack of the winter season.
That concludes my list of favorite chocolate peppermint items. I hope that this list gives you some inspiration to add a little flavor to your holiday season. I also make a lot of my own peppermint/chocolate items at home, such as candy cane ice cream (you can find the recipe and step by step instructions with pictures here), and chocolate cookies dipped in peppermint. My suggestion is to research some of your favorite recipes but replace the traditional flavor with chocolate or peppermint, or go shopping and see what you can find! If you find a chocolate peppermint product that was not featured in this post, take a picture of it and tag me on social media, I would love to try it out! I hope that you have a fantastic week.
A sixteen-year-old fashion obsessed girl, who stands just under 5 feet tall.