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.
Every fall, hot chocolate mix is a necessity at our house. We love an occasional cup of hot chocolate and so do the grandkids.
It’s the time of year I start looking for my annual Costco box of Swiss Miss Packets. I googled the ingredients (don’t ask me why, but I wanted to know what was in it).
Yuck. I can do better than that. It’s time I got back to making my own hot chocolate mix again.
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.
Recipe Notes on Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix:
This recipe does use nonfat dry milk powder. But it doesn’t need to. That just adds a bit of richness.
For special dieters:
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.
You can use regular cocoa powder but I recommend dutch process cocoa powder.
I also made this mix in a microwave with water. Just like an instant packet of store bought cocoa. It works just fine and tastes way better than grocery store mixes.
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.
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 is a rich reward.
To make this Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe:
- 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
This mix holds well if kept in an airtight container. Mine has held for over a year. Note though, this mix makes six servings. I doubt it will last six months.
Gift This Recipe:
This recipe is easy to make and looks adorable in a cute mason jar. This 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. 🙂
Related Gift Ideas:
Include toppings and garnishes with your holiday gift:
- Cinnamon sticks
- Shaved chocolate
- Ground cayenne
- Ground ginger
- mini marshmallows
- cute chocolate sprinkles
- Small candy cane (or crushed candy canes)
Chocolate covered spoons definitely have to be part of the gift.
What are your favorite toppings for hot cocoa?
To Make a Cup of Cocoa:
- Set a pan on the stove on low.
- Add one cup of water, milk or nut milk you like. (almond milk is a good choice)
- 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
- Serve with whipped cream and your favorite toppings.
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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! 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:
- 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
For one cup of hot cocoa:
- Pour one cup of milk, water or any nut milk into a one quart pan
- Set on low.
- Add 3 Tablespoons of the cocoa mix and whisk it together until it's thoroughly mixed and warmed to your taste.
- whipped cream
- ground cinnamon
- cinnamon stick
- Ground ginger (tiny bit)
- Cayenne (tiny bit)
- mini marshmallows
- 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.
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