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Festive Peppermint Chocolate Egg Cream Recipe


Make this old-fashioned Peppermint Chocolate Egg Cream Recipe for the holidays! It’s a creamy and refreshing chocolate milk soda (that doesn’t actually include eggs) with a kick of peppermint that your kids will LOVE! And it’s ready in under 5 minutes! Serve as a treat to your family or for Christmas parties.

2 Old fashioned chocolate egg cream sodas in jars on a table topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes with colorful Christmas tree decorations in the background.
Your family will love this easy Peppermint Chocolate Egg Cream Recipe!

Why I Love this Egg Cream Recipe

This Chocolate Peppermint Egg Cream is a favorite holiday tradition and drink recipe for my family. It’s non-alcoholic and so easy to make.

This old-fashioned drink with chocolate syrup and seltzer (you can use club soda) was made famous in the 1920’s in New York delis but is something your kids will enjoy today. If they like chocolate milk, they’ll love this egg cream drink (which, again, doesn’t have any eggs!)

Related: Chocolate Peppermint Dump Cake

This easy chocolate egg cream recipe becomes a perfectly festive holiday treat with the addition of peppermint extract and crushed candy canes as a garnish. It will remind you of a candy cane dipped in chocolate! YUM!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients to make a peppermint chocolate egg cream soda on a marble counter.
Here’s what you need to make a festive Chocolate Peppermint Egg Cream Soda for the holidays!

Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and more detailed instructions.

I used whole milk, which makes it nice and creamy, but if you drink skim, use that instead.

These can also be made with half and half or cream for a really rich flavor.

If you don’t have club soda you can use sparkling water or seltzer. They are all very similar. Club soda has some minerals added so it’s a little more flavorful.

But I use club soda in everything and don’t think it has that big of a taste difference.

How to Make a Chocolate Peppermint Egg Cream

Close up of 2 jars with chocolate sauce and milk on a counter.

Step 1

Add ingredients to your glass.

We love to drink out of jars in our house but you can use a regular glass too. Add the chocolate syrup, milk and peppermint extract.

A jar of milk on the counter next to a small whisk and two mini candy canes.

Step 2

Use a small drink whisk to mix the ingredients well and make it frothy.

Overhead view of jars with chocolate syrup and ice on a counter.

Step 3

Add ice.

Close up of a can of club soda next to 2 jars holding a chocolate soda.

Step 4

Top with club soda and mix.

To Serve the Holiday Egg Creams

Two jars on a counter holding chocolate egg cream soda next to a small dish with crushed candy cane.

Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes to make it feel super festive and perfect for celebrating Christmas or serving at a holiday party.

Close up of crushed candy cane on top of whipped cream on drinks in jars.

It’s an odd combination of ingredients that totally works! You could even serve these in place of hot cocoa and make a toppings charcuterie board to make these similar to those freak shakes.

Tips and Variations

Close up of a bottle of peppermint extract on a table next to a jar with chocolate sauce and candy canes in the background.

I know that some kids think peppermint is too spicy so you can absolutely leave it out and make this a simple chocolate egg cream soda.

You can also modify the amount to make it more or less minty based on what you and your family like.

You can also swap the peppermint extract for a little bit of vanilla extract.

You can also turn this into a cocktail by adding a little bit of vodka or even a flavored vodka, like vanilla.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an egg cream?

An egg cream is a popular drink that was served in old-timey soda fountains made with flavored syrup, milk and soda water. The recipe does not contain any eggs. They are creamy and sweet but much more refreshing than a milkshake.

Why is an egg cream called an egg cream?

I did a little bit of research and this may have something to do with a yiddish term being misused or coopted to mean something else. I’m sure you’ve heard the name mentioned on a food show and recoiled at the idea of a drink with eggs in it. But there is no need to worry. No eggs are used.

Is this the same as an Italian Soda?

Not quite. Italian Sodas typically have heavy cream or ice cream as an ingredient. You can turn this classic egg cream recipe into an Italian soda by adding a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream or swapping out the milk in favor of heavy cream.

Jars of chocolate egg cream soda on a table next to bottle brush Christmas trees.

This homemade-flavored soda idea is perfect for sipping while watching Christmas movies! It’s quick and easy to make and your kids will love this recipe and may even ask you to make it a tradition!

If you want more holiday tradition ideas check out our Candy Bar Trains, New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags and fun family Christmas cards.

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Peppermint Chocolate Egg Cream

Just 4 ingredients, this creamy Peppermint Chocolate Egg Cream recipe is quick to make and a fun new tradition for Christmas! If you like candy canes and chocolate, this drink is for you!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 266kcal
Servings: 1 serving


  • 3 TBSP chocolate syrup
  • 1/8 tsp peppermint extract it is VERY strong – I’d start with a few drops and get to the flavor you prefer
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Club Soda
  • whipped cream optional
  • crushed candy cane optional but super cute


  • In a glass, mix together the chocolate syrup, peppermint and milk.
  • Add ice.
  • Top with Club Soda to taste, then stir.
  • Top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.


If peppermint is too "spicy" for the kids, just leave it out! A classic chocolate egg cream is still delicious!
You can always add more peppermint but you can’t take it away, start with a few drops and add more if you prefer more flavor.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g
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