Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot chocolate is my absolute favorite cold-weather drink. I don’t drink coffee and things like tea, apple cider, eggnog, etc. definitely take a back seat to chocolate. I get it from Starbucks, at hockey games, at orchards, and I use mixes at home (my favorite is Land o’ Lakes Supreme). But for the longest time I’ve been meaning to try whipping up my own homemade mix to have on hand throughout the winter. And boy am I glad I did. This is some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. It’s thick, creamy and super chocolatey. Perfect for topping with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. And also perfect to give as holiday treats!

This is super simple to mix together and would be wonderful to package in festive baggies or jars to give as holiday gifts. The ingredients combine to make some absolutely excellent hot chocolate. The dry milk powder adds a sweet dairy flavor, especially when mixed together with the additional hot milk; the powdered sugar dissolves quickly and helps to thicken the hot chocolate; and the white chocolate gives it a creamy texture and amps up the chocolate flavor.

If you want to take the homemade hot chocolate gift giving a step further, you could make homemade marshmallows to add to the package (or of course enjoy yourself!).

Whether you give this away as a gift or keep it all for yourself, it’s certainly a wonderful treat for whoever gets to enjoy it!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Yield: About 20 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1½ cups cocoa powder (Dutch-processed preferred, but regular okay)
1½ cups white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate)
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

2. To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows.

(Recipe adapted from Cook's Country)

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  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite on December 9, 2010 at 6:08 am

    What a great idea! I’ve always wondered how to make homemade hot cocoa mix :)

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    • SweetCarolyn on December 30th, 2012 at 3:45 am

      I think this is a bit above normal cocoa since it has white chocolate in it and you also make it ith milk. Probaby pretty special stuff. I saw a mug for one mix that had the mix inside with marshmallows on top (mini) and had 4 peppermint sticks. It made 4 cups though instead of 3 cups. Will have to find out how the chocolate blends in my Vitamix.

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  2. Blog is the New Black on December 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Gorgeous! I was thinkingof doing something similiar for Christmas!

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  3. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella on December 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I like the idea of adding powdered sugar instead of granulated. I just made some homemade hot cocoa yesterday with regular sugar, and while delicious, it was definitely not thick.

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  4. Jason Sandeman on December 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I love this mix. I have a question though, how do you think I would fare using couverture chocolate? That is all that I have ATM.

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    • Michelle on December 10th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Jason, Is it in powdered form? If so, I think it would just fine. Couverture chocolate is usually extra creamy so I think that would be great in this.

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  5. CaSaundra on December 9, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I love sounds of this! Making/giving homemade gifts is the best in my opinion! It’d be fun to make homemade marshmallows to give with this homemade mix :-)

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  6. Katrina on December 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Yummy! Thanks for the recipe, this looks great!

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  7. Allison on December 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I agree 100% about the Land o’ Lakes! I like some of their other flavors like mint and raspberry too. Now I will have to try homemade!

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  8. Paula on December 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have to make this in Christmas!! For give to my father… and also for me!! :)

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  9. the blissful baker on December 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

    mmm this hot cocoa sounds especially delicious with the white chocolate chips! i’ll be making this ASAP :)

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  10. Paula on December 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Lovely gift idea and I think the white chocolate chips in the mix is fabulous!

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  11. Maria63303 on December 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for the recipe…someone had given us something like this years ago and I had lost it:)

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  12. Heather on December 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

    That mix looks awesome. I have never seen a homemade hot chocolate mix with white chocolate in it before, I am going to have to give it a try.

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  13. Rachel on December 9, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I ran out of hot chocolate the other day and I considered making my own mix but didn’t want to mess it up. Now I know all the ingredients and I’m sure this will be better than the packaged stuff.

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  14. Amanda on December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Mmm, I love hot chocolate and this sounds yummy! I am definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  15. Kim - Liv Life on December 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    My girls made this when I was a Girl Scout Leader! They loved measuring and stirring, then packaging it into little jars that they had decorated in a prior meeting. An excellent idea!!! Haven’t thought of it in years, so glad you reminded me!

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  16. Sukaina on December 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

    This looks delicious!!! Just the thing for when you’re under the weather!! Hope you feel better soon!!

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  17. Erin on December 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

    This sounds divine! I cannot wait to make it. Although 1/3 cup mix per 1 cup of milk seems like a lot! Other recipes I have seen use 2 Tbsp. What is the reason for this?

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    • Michelle on December 10th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Erin, Reason is probably to make it nice and rich. I actually measured the store-bought packets that I had (Ghiradelli and Land o’ Lakes) and they were both around 1/4 cup, so just a tad more than those.

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      • Erin on January 6th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        I made it and it was divine!!

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  18. Tammie Perry on December 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I love this recipe…I have a friend who only drinks hot chocolate and this would be a perfect home made gift for her. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

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  19. Amy Dawson on December 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it :)

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  20. Belinda @zomppa on December 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I have a cup every day it’s cold. =) I love this!!!!

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  21. Tina from PA on December 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Looks so cozy! I could use a cup now, it’s freezing up here in N.E. Pa !!

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  22. nuha on December 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    i love edible gifts! so much fun to give and receive! xoxo

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  23. annie on December 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I saw a recipe on allrecipes very similar that I keep intending to make but then promptly forget. I think this mix would be so cute in a mason jar with ribbon and a miniature candy cane. So easy and Christmassy!

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  24. stephchows on December 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    mmm ok time to go make a cup! yum!!

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  25. Camala - CC Recipe on December 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I also love hot chocolate and always make mine on demand on the stove however, this is a good idea to have on hand in case of emergencies:)

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  26. Jessica on December 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    yummy and adorable!

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  27. Sharlene on December 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderful for gifting!

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  28. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox on December 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Oh I love this. Brings back 4-H memories. Great gift idea! Love that shot with the whipped cream and candy canes.

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  29. Becky on December 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    This is such a great gift idea for a chocoholic. Hot chocolate makes the cold days seem so much better. Now, if you added a shot of Bailey’s I’d be in heaven.

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  30. torviewtoronto on December 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    delicious festive
    happy holidays

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  31. Hannah L. (Hannah Lives) on December 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I have been scouring the internet for about a week trying to find the perfect recipe for hot cocoa mix to give as gifts this year! After deciding that i just didn’t have the funds to buy “traditional” gifts for friends and family, I decided on homemade hot cocoa mix, homemade marshmallows, and iced personalized sugar cookies.

    The sugar cookies are frozen and waiting to be iced, the perfect peppermint marshmallow recipe is standing by. This is what I have been waiting for. Thank you for taking the guess work out of finding a recipe!

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  32. Helen Sturgeon on December 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    All you need are Homemade Marshmallows to go with this! Scurry on over to my blog for recipe and pictures! YUUUUUMMMMMMMM!

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  33. The Chocolate Priestess on December 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t like coffee either and tea just blah. I’m much more of hot chocolate lady.

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  34. Caroline on December 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    All the taste, none of the preservatives! Great recipe, and super simple!

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  35. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on December 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I’m just the same, I don’t drink coffee. I love starbucks hot chocolate! I should give your homemade stuff a try, it will come in handy when it’s too cold to leave the house!

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  36. Brittany on December 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

    What a delicious, warming treat! This would be perfect for Christmas eve with the family, dont you think?

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  37. Susan on December 10, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yum. This looks so thick and creamy! Great gift idea!

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  38. Maria on December 10, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I could use a mug to warm up. Great gift too!

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  39. Tracy on December 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I just love homemade gifts like these; this is a great one to add to my collection! Can’t wait to try it!

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  40. Cookin' Canuck on December 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    What a fun gift for Christmastime. I’ll bet this tastes loads better than anything you might buy at the store.

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  41. Michele on December 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    This recipe sounds so lovely. Since it is made with powdered milk, could you not make it with water vice milk? I am always looking for ways to have my hot chocolate and fewer calories!!! Thanks

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  42. Jen @ How To: Simplify on December 12, 2010 at 12:23 am

    This would be such a nice homemade gift to give during the holidays!

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  43. Jen on December 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I just made a batch of this last night, I was supposed to be making it for gifts…. But we haven’t been able to stay away. It’s delicious and so creamy. I can’t believe how smooth and creamy this is! I’m making my 2nd big batch right now. Thanks for sharing:)

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    • Michelle on December 12th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m also in awe of how wonderful it is! No more store-bought mixes for me!

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  44. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on December 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good hot cocoa mix recipe to go with some homemade marshmallows for gifts. Glad I stumbled across yours. Looks lovely!

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  45. Peggy on December 14, 2010 at 10:13 am

    What a great idea! Definitely a quick holiday gift!

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  46. Senja on December 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hi! Can i make this without the dry milk powder??
    Just sugar and cocoa, will it be good?

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Senja, The dry milk powder is actually a key ingredient. It helps to thicken and flavor the hot cocoa. If you can’t find it you can try substituting powdered coffee creamer, but you need some type of cream-producing powder ingredient.

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  47. naa goodman on December 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I made this recipe today and it was great. The only problem I had was getting the choc ground fine enough. I’m wondering if a small chopper would work better next time. My food processor is really old and just didn’t quit get the job done. Out of all the recipes of hot cocoa mix I have made over the years, this one was the best.

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  48. April @ The 21st Century Housewife on January 3, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Hi there, I’m visiting from A Southern Fairytale, who linked to your hot chocolate recipe this week. What a fantastic recipe – it sounds just delicious. I can’t wait to give it a try :)

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  49. Trish @I_am_Succeeding on January 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!

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  50. Chloe on June 21, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Fantastic recipe, thank you! The powdered sugar and white chocolate made a lovely creamy texture and dissolved quickly. The only thing I changed was to add another half cup of cocoa, because I prefer my hot cocoa with a 1:1 sugar: cocoa ratio. Perfect!

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