While pumpkin spice owns the fall season, peppermint is the undisputed flavor of the winter. Learn how to make an instant peppermint mocha drink at the comfort of your home.
Why peppermint is instantly making you think of winter?
One story about the history of the peppermint candy dates back to 1670, in Cologne, Germany. That year, a local choirmaster looked for an idea for how to keep the kids occupied and quiet in church.
He asked a local candy man to make sugar sticks, which he could then hand out to the kids before the holiday services. The candy man bent the sugar-sticks into canes to resemble a shepherd’s hook.
Another version about the origins of the popular Christmas candy is associated to the United States. It is believed that a candy maker in Indiana was the first to have bent one end of a sugar stick to form a "J" for "Jesus."
While the origins of the peppermint candy are unclear, one thing we do know is that the mass production of candy canes is inherently American. Bob McCormack, a candy man from Georgia, was the first to mass produce the popular cornered candy in 1920. He produced candy canes by the thousands at his factory in Albany, Georgia.
The peppermint everything Holiday Season
Peppermint flavor is cooling, aromatic, and delicious when combined with your favorite food and beverages. Mint leaves create a cool sensation in the mouth, which are associated to the cold and snowy season during Christmas.
Peppermint has been winter’s signature flavor for many years, and these days, you’ll find it in everything from candy, mochas and peppermint bark.
Make a homemade delicious instant coffee mocha with this easy to follow recipe.
Peppermint Mocha with instant coffee recipe
- 1/2 cup oat milk
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 cup coffee (2 tsp Waka Instant Coffee made with 1 cup of hot water)
- 1/2 tsp mint extract
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate shavings
- Candy cane crumbles
- In a small saucepan, add milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar, mint extract and vanilla extract. Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
- In a separate mug, mix Waka Instant Coffee with hot water and stir.
- Add brewed instant coffee into the saucepan and mix for 30 seconds.
- Serve in a large clear mug. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and candy cane crumbles.