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The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Want to make homemade hot cocoa mix? This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is perfect for anyone who loves hot cocoa. It is made of simple ingredients so it is budget friendly and has no artificial flavor! This is the best homemade hot chocolate mix, better than Swiss Miss and great for a perfect treat that a lot of people will love.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe
Easily make your own homemade hot cocoa mix with just 4 pantry staples that you probably already have!

THE BEST HOMEMADE HOT COCOA RECIPE

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Looking for a sweet homemade gift idea for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, or that person on your holiday shopping list who has EVERYTHING?

Make the best homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar, add curled  holiday ribbon, write out this cocoa recipe on a recipe card, and tie it to the jar.

Place the homemade hot cocoa mix and recipe in a pretty holiday basket that they can reuse, and fill it with some homemade cookies, a couple of holiday mugs, and hot cocoa bar fixings, like: mini marshmallows, crumbled candy cane pieces, biscotti dipped in chocolate and peppermint pieces, and anything else that you think they might enjoy!  I love putting holiday Peeps marshmallow candy, like snowmen or gingerbread men, on top of a cup of hot chocolate, too, for a cute, festive topper! 

Related: Check out this homemade marshmallow recipe to put on top of your hot chocolate!

This Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe: 

  • Serves: 10-12
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe supplies- sugar- powdered sugar, cocoa powder, instant dry milk
Making your own homemade hot chocolate mix guarantees that it will be preservative-free and delicious!

Ingredients Needed

Add ins, optional 

Instructions To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- step 1 sifting the sugar
One of my favorite kitchen secrets is using a sifter spoon to sift my flour and sugar while baking! It makes all the difference in preventing your homemade hot cocoa mix from clumping up!

STEP 1

In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar. I love this sifter spoon! 

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

STEP 2

Sift instant dry milk on top of powdered sugar.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- step 2 sifting cocoa powder
You can add fun ingredients to make your hot cocoa mix interesting–like mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and crushed peppermint candies!

STEP 3

Sift cocoa powder on top.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- mix the ingredients together step 3
Use your homemade hot cocoa mix to fill DIY hot chocolate bombs, for a yummy handmade gift idea!

STEP 4

Whisk together.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- add in the rest of the ingredients step 4
Hot chocolate is the perfect holiday treat! I can’t picture Christmas morning without steaming mugs of hot cocoa with all the toppings!

STEP 5

Whisk in granulated sugar until well combined.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- whisk all ingredients together- step 5
After a night out in the cold, I bet Santa would much rather have a warm mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows, instead of milk! {giggle}

STEP 6

Store in airtight container or jar for up to 3 months.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- put the hot coco mix into a mason jar- step 7
Give family and friends with a jar of your homemade hot cocoa mix this holiday season! It will be the gift everyone wants!

STEP 7

To make hot cocoa, add 1/3 cup of mix in a mug, stir in 1 cup warm milk, add toppings of your choice.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe- hot coco cups, powder- and toppings
Homemade hot chocolate mix will be the star of the hot chocolate charcuterie board at your holiday parties!

Note:

You can use different types of milk powder. Nonfat dry milk powder will work and so will whole milk powder!

Want to make this more like Mexican hot chocolate? Add some chili powder and some cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

HOW SHOULD I STORE HOMEMADE HOT COCOA MIX? 

Store your homemade hot chocolate mix in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. 

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- hot chocolate bar
Have you ever set up a hot chocolate bar for your kids? It’s so easy! All you need is hot chocolate, toppings (like marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, sprinkles, crushed peppermint candies, and mini chocolate chips).

HOW LONG WILL HOMEMADE HOT COCOA MIX LAST?

Not long in my house! {giggle}

If properly stored, in an airtight container, your DIY hot chocolate mix can last up to 2-3 months. 

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe- hot coco with mints and whipped cream
If you or a loved one has a gluten allergy, you can rest easy and enjoy a sweet treat without worrying about cross-contamination if you make your own hot chocolate mix.

IS THIS HOT COCOA MIX RECIPE GLUTEN FREE?

Double check all ingredient labels, but homemade hot cocoa mix, made from gluten free instant dry milk powder, gluten free unsweetened cocoa powder, in addition to the powdered and granulated sugar, will make a delicious gluten free hot cocoa mix, that you can safely enjoy! 

Need dairy free hot chocolate? Did you know there are a number of great recipes for dairy free hot chocolate too?

Also, check the ingredient labels on all of your hot cocoa toppings! 

Our Experience With This Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

As it gets colder out, I am pretty much ALWAYS in the mood to make hot chocolate–and this is hands down the BEST homemade hot cocoa mix recipe, ever! 

My family adores this homemade hot cocoa mix! It is so rich and creamy! You can even add to the fun by setting up a hot chocolate charcuterie board, and serve all sorts of fun and yummy toppings for you, your guests, and even Santa to enjoy. It’s a favorite in my house on Christmas morning! 

It is so simple to make hot cocoa mix from scratch, using only 4 pantry staples that you probably already have! Making your own hot chocolate not only saves money, and is a healthier option than store-bought, since there aren’t any preservatives, it is also a great winter and holiday tradition to share with kids. There are plenty of fun and educational steps for them to help, with, too, like measuring and mixing the ingredients. 

Prep Time
10 minutes

Total Time
10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • Optional Add Ins:
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, white, milk or semi-sweet
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar.
  2. Sift instant dry milk on top of powdered sugar.
  3. Sift cocoa powder on top.
  4. Whisk together.
  5. Whisk in granulated sugar until well combined.
  6. Store in airtight container or jar for up to 3 months.
  7. To make hot cocoa, add ⅓ cup of mix in a mug, stir in 1 cup warm milk, add toppings of your choice.

MORE HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES & IDEAS FOR KIDS From Kids Activities blog 

What is the first topping you are going to add to your steaming mug of our homemade hot cocoa mix? I vote for whipped cream and crushed candy cane pieces–YUM! 



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