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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix is a great way to enjoy this holiday season. Make your own Hot Cocoa Mix and enjoy a rich, comforting drink made with ingredients you know and can trust. Made with semi sweet chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder, dry non fat milk, and a dash of sea salt; this homemade dry mix can be made ahead and stored until you are ready to enjoy it.

Perfect for the holidays, this recipe makes up to 6 servings and would be a fantastic food gift.

Hot Cocoa Mix

What is the difference between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate?

Hot chocolate is deep, rich beverage made from melted chocolate and milk, cream or water for a thick chocolatey dessert drink. Hot cocoa is made from dry ingredients including powdered cocoa, sugar, and added flavorings like vanilla.

Is it better to make Hot Cocoa with milk or water?

Milk will give your hot cocoa that velvety, creamy consistency that we all know and love. Full fat milk is always the best choice to achieve the thick texture of a good hot cocoa, however, low fat milk or even milk substitutes can also be used.

Water can be used to make hot cocoa but the drink will be much lighter and not as rich.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
The mix ingredients

What makes Hot Cocoa taste better?

Good quality ingredients are always the best way to ensure the tastiest hot cocoa. Look for a good quality cocoa that has been sourced ethically and does not contain added sugars or fillers. Other ways to improve the taste of hot cocoa drinks is by adding in additional spices and flavors.

Popular holiday spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger will all elevate your hot cocoa and deepen the chocolate flavor.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Recipe Notes on Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

This recipe does use nonfat dry milk powder, but it doesn’t need to. The milk powder just adds an added richness to the drink.

If you prefer, you can eliminate the powdered milk and use any nut or dairy milk you like when heating it. We used coconut milk today. The flavor was gorgeously rich and chocolatey.

You can use regular cocoa powder but we recommend dutch process cocoa powder.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Dark Chocolate shaved and chopped for the mix

We love that this mix uses chocolate chunks. They are a welcomed treat when enjoying this beverage. You can either chop the chocolate by hand, or use a food processor; whichever you prefer.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

To make this Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

  1. Chop the chocolate up fine
  2. Mix the powdered milk, chopped chocolate, salt and cocoa powder together in a large bowl
  3. Store this mix in an airtight container

This mix holds well if kept in an airtight container. It can be stored for a few months but for best results, we do not recommend long term storage.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
An easy to make, personal gift for a friend, co worker or loved one.

Gift This Recipe

This recipe is easy to make and looks adorable in a cute mason jar. It is such an inexpensive, personal gift for a friend or co worker.

This easy homemade hot chocolate mix is so nice for chocolate lovers to open as a gift. Especially if it also included a few Candy Coated Spoons for fun.

How can you garnish Hot Cocoa?

Hot Cocoa is an iconic winter drink that is enjoyed in a variety of ways. We are sharing some of our favorite ways to garnish and dress up your classic Hot Cocoa Drink.

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Ground cayenne
  • Ground ginger
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Small candy cane (or crushed candy canes)

Chocolate Covered Spoons are a fun accompanying gift or garnish option that everyone loves. They can be made in a variety of ways to fit any theme or decor style.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
This cocoa is rich indeed with a milky base. I made it with water and it was tasty that way too. Just not as rich

To make a cup of Hot Cocoa:

  • Set a pan on the stove on low.
  • Add one cup of water, milk or nut milk you like.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of the mix to the milk and stir until it’s thoroughly combined.
  • Heat until warmed.
  • Pour the heated cocoa into your heat proof cup and garnish as you desire.
  • Serve with whipped cream and your favorite toppings.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate
Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Homemade Hot Cocoa mix. Make your own hot cocoa mix and enjoy a chocolate, rich, comforting drink made with a few ingredients you know and can trust! The mix stores easily in an airtight container, has a long shelf life and makes a perfect gift!


  • 3 oz. Semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 Cup(dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt


Make the mix:

  1. Chop the chocolate into fine pieces. Either chop with a large knife, or use your food processor
  2. In a large bowl add the cocoa, sugar, salt and chocolate pieces
  3. Whisk together thoroughly
  4. Store in an airtight container

For one cup of hot cocoa:

  1. Pour one cup of milk, water or any nut milk into a one quart pan
  2. Set on low.
  3. Add 3 Tablespoons of the cocoa mix and whisk it together until it's thoroughly mixed and warmed to your taste.

Garnish Ideas:

  1. whipped cream
  2. ground cinnamon
  3. cinnamon stick
  4. Ground ginger (tiny bit)
  5. Cayenne (tiny bit)
  6. mini marshmallows
  7. small candy canes


  • This mix holds indefinitely in an airtight container. I use a mason jar.
  • Create a label for the single serving instructions and tape it to your jar.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 168Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 60mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 3g

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Homemade Hot Cocoa mix. Make your own hot cocoa mix and enjoy a chocolate, rich, comforting drink made with a few ingredients you know and can trust.


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Recipe source: The Kitchn

Jennifer A Stewart

Thursday 17th of December 2015

I hate buying the expensive, chemical laden crap in the store with the poopy tiny marshmallows. Home Made IS The Way To Go!!! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays!


Thursday 17th of December 2015

Me Too! Just had this mix with my Grand daughter yesterday. She loved it!

Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

This looks so decadent, you can tell the whipped cream is homemade too :-) YUM! Thanks for linking up again in our #TryABiteTuesday Link Party! This week is live and we'd love to see you back!


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Thank You Amber! I enjoy your party!

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Tuesday 8th of December 2015

It's been getting colder now here in West Coast and this seems like the perfect drink for this kind of weather. :)


Tuesday 8th of December 2015

It certainly is Nicole, A warm cozy chocolate drink is great this time of year.


Friday 4th of December 2015

My pleasure Wendy!

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