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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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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! This Low-Sodium, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free  mix stores easily in an airtight container, has a long shelf life and makes a perfect gift!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

This luscious homemade hot cocoa mix is easily made from just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Mix it with a candy coated spoon for fun!

Every fall, hot chocolate mix suddenly becomes a necessity at our house. We love an occasional cup of hot chocolate and so do the grandkids. I have made it before from scratch when my kids were little, and then I started buying Swiss Miss in the large Costco packs. Pure laziness, but I liked the convenience, I admit! I wanted some packets around for the winter season to brew up an occasional cup. Little indulgences you know…when the damp and cold need chasing off!

It’s about the time of year I start looking for my annual Costco box of Swiss Miss Packets. So I googled the ingredients (don’t ask me why, but I wanted to know what was in it). Suffice it to say, Yuck! I can do better than that! It’s time I got back to making my own hot chocolate mix again!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

The mix ingredients. Bakers chocolate, powdered milk, organic sugar and dutch process cocoa

I started looking for a homemade hot cocoa mix. My old recipe has long gone missing so I checked out several homemade mixes online and found this recipe on the Kitchn. I like it because it is simple and uses ingredients I know and trust. Things I don’t mind eating and feeding to my grandkids!Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Recipe Notes on Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix:

This recipe does use powdered milk: But it doesn’t need to. That just adds a bit of richness.

  • If you prefer, you can eliminate the powdered milk and use any nut or dairy milk you like when heating it. I used coconut milk today. The flavor was gorgeously rich and chocolatey.
  • I also made this mix in a microwave with water, like you would an instant packet of store bought cocoa. It works just fine and tastes way better than store-bought! Just heat it until those chocolate chunks stir all the  way up. About a minute; or heat a teapot of water on the stove to boiling. But this is not as thickly rich as the milk base!
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Dark Chocolate shaved and chopped for the mix

I love that this mix uses chocolate chunks. I spent a bit of time chopping (use your food processor if you prefer). The resulting texture and flavor of the mix rewarded me richly. Yes, I am the one that savored this lovely treat today.Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

A cup of Hot Cocoa topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon. A Chocolate spoon on the plate to stir in extra chocolate for fun! Such a cheerful comforting treat!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Let’s Make It!

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

Couldn’t be easier and it holds well if kept in an air tight container for several months. Note though, this only makes six servings. I doubt it will last six months!

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 jar. I’m going to make a few batches for gifts! Such an inexpensive, personal gift for a friend or co worker. I have a few recipients in mind. I’m thinking it would be so nice for chocolate lovers to open as a gift; especially if it also included a few extras.

I may search around a bit and find a way to include some toppings and garnishes along side a jar of this mix. I may even make some chocolate spoons to go with the mix. After having stirred the spoon into my hot cocoa and eating the chocolate off the spoon…yes, they definitely have to be part of the gift!

What do you think of that? I ‘m also considering cinnamon, shaved chocolate, cayenne, ginger, some cute chocolate sprinkles. What would you use?

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 CoCoa with this homemade Hot Cocoa mix:

  • Set a pan on the stove on low.
  • Add one cup of any  dairy or nut milk you like
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of the mix to the milk and stir until it’s thoroughly combined.
  • Heat until warmed to your taste
  • Pour the heated cocoa into your heat proof cup and garnish as you desire. I loved it with whipped cream and ground cinnamonHomemade Hot Cocoa

 

 

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!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

Chop the chocolate into fine pieces. Either chop with a large knife, or use your food processor

In a large bowl add the cocoa, sugar, salt and chocolate pieces

Whisk together thoroughly

Store in an airtight container

To use the mix for one cup of hot cocoa:

Pour one cup of milk or any nut milk into a one quart pan set on low

Add 3 Tablespoons of the cocoa mix and whisk it together until its thoroughly mixed and warmed to your taste

Garnish as you desire: Suggested toppings include whipped cream and ground cinnamon

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

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

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Recipe source: The Kitchn

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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!

homemadefoodjunkie

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!

homemadefoodjunkie

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Thank You Amber! I enjoy your party!

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Tuesday 8th of December 2015

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Nicole

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. :)

homemadefoodjunkie

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

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

homemadefoodjunkie

Friday 4th of December 2015

My pleasure Wendy!

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