Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate & Peppermint S’mores Bars

Who doesn’t love spiked peppermint hot chocolate & peppermint s’mores bars during the holidays?  Torani makes the best syrups for cocktails, coffees, and recipes in my humble opinion.  I’ve created so many great recipes with their syrups including this bourbon cocktail.  We use Torani in our homemade lattes daily.  And when it comes to the holidays, they are full of delicious cocktails and yummy desserts. This post is sponsored by Torani, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
spiked peppermint hot chocolate and peppermint smores bars
Fun fact: My first date with Matt involved spiked hot chocolate and zoo lights.  I had to go back to the archives for this photo.  Clearly, it’s not the latest iPhone, ha!
spiked hot chocolate recipe-lincoln park zoo
Every year, we go to zoolights, and it was so fun to take Emmie last year.  Even with the pandemic, we’re headed back safely in a few weeks.  The Lincoln Park Zoo is offering $5 tickets to help with social distancing.
To make our visit that much more fun (and because we recreate our first date every year), I’ve created the most delicious peppermint spiked hot chocolate with Torani complete with a cookie bar.  Think of it as a bloody mary bar holiday style!
spiked-hot-chocolate
I really love Torani’s syrups because they’re perfect for cocktails, coffee & baking.  I was so inspired, I used my Torani Sugar-Free Peppermint Syrup to create the yummiest peppermint s’mores bars you’ve ever tasted.  I’m all about elevating life’s everyday moments right now.
spiked hot chocolate
With my spiked peppermint hot chocolate, you can add sweets to your drink or have them on the side.  Grab your Torani syrup from torani.com.  We’ve been doing grocery pickup and it’s so easy to add it to the list.  OK, so let’s get to the good stuff!
holiday cookie bar

The Recipes

It’s super easy to make the spiked peppermint hot chocolate and peppermint s’mores bars.  I’m typically terrible at baking and these bars were a huge hit!  Plus, if you’re safely hosting or even having an at-home date night, creating a fun cookie bar display really takes it up a notch.  I pulled together this board in 5 minutes – seriously!

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

spiked peppermint hot chocolate

If you’re using a coffee mug, your proportions are the following:

Peppermint S’mores Bars

peppermint s'mores bar

The peppermint s’mores bars are also so easy to make, and they are good!  What I love about these bars is I figured out a great baseline of peppermint flavor as well as the quantity of syrup if you’d really like to plus it up.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of graham crackers
  • 1 package of marshmallows
  • 2 king-size milk chocolate bars or 4 regular size
  • 1/4c of Torani Sugar-Free Peppermint Syrup (use 1/3c if you like more flavor)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2c of powdered sugar

For the peppermint s’mores bar recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Crush the graham crackers and combine with 1 stick of butter and 1/2c of powdered sugar.
  3. Create a crust on the bottom of the pan and bake for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Pour the marshmallows into a bowl and mix with 1/4c of Torani Sugar-Free Peppermint Syrup.
  5. After 7 minutes, take out the baking dish, place the milk chocolate on top of the graham cracker mixture.  Place the dish back in the oven for 2 minutes and allow the chocolate to start to melt.
  6. Take the baking dish out of the oven and evenly distribute the peppermint marshmallows on top of the chocolate and grahams.  Place it back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes or until the marshmallows start to brown.

The marshmallows will brown pretty quickly.  Keep an eye on them similar to when you’re roasting s’mores because they can catch fire.  I’m telling you, you will LOVE this recipe.  I’m almost shy to admit that we ate nearly the entire pan in just 3 days, ha!!  I hope you love the recipe and have #atoraniholiday! 

Meet Jen

I’ve always had a love affair with creation. Since I was a child, I handmade my gifts or combined toys to design something new. Fast forward twenty years, and I’m still making my gifts every holiday and designing new ways to do things.

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In order to grow my small business, I earn revenue in a few different ways. I publish sponsored posts from time to time, which are always labeled. Sometimes I earn an affiliate commission on the sales of products or business resources I link to. I only feature items I genuinely love and want to share. Thank you for reading and supporting my small business!

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