Nov 30, 2011

Review: McDonald's - Peppermint Hot Chocolate

McDonald's Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a new, limited-time seasonal drink that the House of Ronald is selling this holiday season. It mixes (whole or nonfat) steamed milk with chocolate peppermint syrup topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

I picked up a 16-ounce medium for $2.79.

It was a cold night and I felt like a warm holiday pick me up. Unfortunately, I got a lukewarm drink that I had to heat up in the microwave. It made me want to laugh at the "Caution! Hot!" warnings.
Besides the disappointing temperature, the milk tasted kinda funny. Not sour but definitely a weird aftertaste. Maybe they had scalded it and then left it out to sit or something? I don't really know but I didn't like it.

I did like the prominent peppermint taste but it was missing that rich chocolate flavor that I associate with premium hot chocolate. This was more like cheap store-bought  cocoa.
An overall miss for me... especially for the price paid.

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Nutritional Info - McDonald's Peppermint Hot Chocolate - medium (16 fl oz)
Calories - 340 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 170mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 41g)
Protein - 9g


  1. Haha, you probably know better than me. I just know it tasted a bit funny =( I'm sure it's not a typical thing...

  2. Just so you know, it's impossible for them to scald the milk. All of the premium coffee and hot cocoa products are made in a machine, though perhaps the machine could have had problems and caused that taste as well.
    (Former McDonalds Employee)

  3. I had the Mocha one and i liked it 

  4. I tried this recently and found it to be (piping hot, thankfully) delicious! The whole milk makes all the difference, it was creamy and sweet and I felt that the more mellow milk chocolate taste allowed the peppermint to take center stage, which was exactly what I was looking for in a peppermint hot cocoa. McDonald's got this one right!


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