Goodbye, Pumpkin Spice. Hello, Peppermint!

Get ready for peppermint everything. Here's our list of top peppermint-flavored treats to make this season.
peppermint hot chocolate

SLOWCOOKER PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Confectioners’ Sugar, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Whole Milk, Vanilla Extract, Kosher Salt, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint Candies, Mini Marshmallows, Peppermint Schnapps

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Get ready for peppermint everything. With the pumpkin spice craze behind us, it’s time for a more festive flavor trend. And no food embodies the spirit of the winter holidays quite like a shiny red-striped candy cane. Here's our list of top peppermint-flavored treats to make this season.

This easy homemade recipe is thicker and more indulgent than your average hot chocolate. Stick a ladle directly in the pot, set up an add-ins bar with mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies and peppermint schnapps, then let guests serve themselves.

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Peppermint bark — the kind layered with both white and dark chocolate — is always a hit this time of year. Instead of shopping for some to give away (or stash for your own consumption), make your own with Food Network Magazine’s copycat recipe.

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Andrew Purcell

Instead of cookies, serve a supersized peppermint candy cake for your holiday party — bonus points if you wrap it in cellophane. A simple roll-out frosting makes those perfect red stripes easier to get than you might think. Find step-by-step instructions, plus a printable cake template, here.

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Take a break from all the baking. These cute no-bake cutouts come together in just 15 minutes.

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Ryan Dausch

To dunk or not to dunk, that is the question. Crunchy biscotti are ideal dunking cookies and, like we said about the aforementioned hot cocoa, crushed peppermint candy melted in hot cocoa tastes amazing.

Upgrade store-bought vanilla ice cream with, you guessed it, peppermint extract and crushed peppermint candies. The ice cream is an easy holiday treat to have up your sleeve for any night of the week, but it tastes best as the recipe intends it to be — piled high on top of a light and airy Pavlova.

Don’t confuse these marshmallow and chocolate sandwich cookies for whoopie pies. They’re fudgier, chewier and — thanks to devil’s food cake mix — easier to make.

Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Christmas Cocktail Party Food Network Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Red Peppermint Candies

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The secret to this super-easy fudge is sweetened condensed milk, which Ree Drummond refers to as “the nectar of gods.”

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Minty Marshmallows, Bark, DIY Peppermint Vodka, Candy Cane Cookies, Candy Cane Sugar, Fudge, Stained-Glass Cookies, Minty Whipped Cream, Cereal Treats, Stirring Stick Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel:

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You don’t necessarily need a new recipe to add peppermint pizzazz to your party. Sometimes it’s as simple as folding chopped candy into your go-to marshmallow cereal bar. Find more tips for putting candy canes to good use here.

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