A mug of rich and sweet hot chocolate tempts the kid in all of us. Don’t deny the temptation, mix up a batch of this 3-ingredient Hot Cocoa Mix and grab the marshmallows, because it’s hot cocoa time!
Homemade hot cocoa mixes are simply the best, way better than store-bought mixes in my humble opinion. Hot chocolate mix recipes are also easy and fun to make.
With the cold weather and winter season upon us, everyone needs the perfect treat of a cup of cocoa. There’s simply nothing better on a cold winter’s day. Wouldn’t you agree?
And the best part about making this hot chocolate mix recipe is it eliminates the need to go to the grocery store when the mood strikes. You’ll have your very own mix on hand.
This recipe is also the best homemade hot chocolate mix to gift this season. I really enjoy preparing a couple of these in a cute jar as a homemade gift. I think making hot cocoa as a gift is like giving everyone a warm hug. Perfect for neighbors, friends, and teachers.
Ingredients Needed To Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Powdered sugar – is also known as icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar as it dissolves easier than granulated white sugar.
Powdered milk – I prepared this hot cocoa recipe with powdered milk, any fat content will work but the higher the fat content the richer the flavor.
Cocoa powder – I used one cup of Dutch processed cocoa powder to add a rich chocolate flavor to this recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix.
How to make this Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
First, Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Next, Whisk these simple ingredients until very well combined. Or you could place all the ingredients in the food processor to combine.
Finally, Store this dry mix in an airtight container or mason jar.
Make Hot Chocolate
To Make Hot Chocolate with this hot cocoa mix recipe, simply combine 1/3 cup of the hot chocolate mix with 1 cup of warm milk or water. Stir until well combined and serve with full-sized or mini marshmallows or whipped cream.
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Want to give that gift of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix that little extra special touch? Accompany it with some Chocolate Peppermint Stirring Spoons!
What’s the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate? Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder like dutch process cocoa powder whereas hot chocolate is made with melted chocolate.
How do I make a hot cup of cocoa? Measure ⅓ cup of this 3-ingredient hot cocoa mix and place in a mug then add hot milk or water. You can vary the temperature of the warm milk or the cup of hot water based on your preference.
How can I make this hot chocolate more festive? If you want to serve a mug of hot cocoa over the holidays, you’ll find this is the best homemade hot chocolate recipe to use as a base. To fancy it up you can serve the cup of hot cocoa by placing a candy cane in the mug or hanging it on the side. Top the whipped cream with festive sprinkles.
How long will this homemade cocoa mix keep? This homemade hot cocoa mix will last up to a month at room temperature or for 3-4 months in the freezer.
How many cups of hot cocoa can I make with this big batch? You should get 18 cups using this homemade mix.
- You can add a teaspoon of cinnamon or use cinnamon sticks for Mexican hot chocolate when mixing up a cup of this old-fashioned hot chocolate mix.
- You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla, peppermint extract, or even a tablespoon of liqueur like Bailey’s or Kahlua.
- For a richer flavor add white chocolate chips or serve with a mixture of water/milk and heavy cream.
- While the milk or water is still warm you can add semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- This homemade mix would work well with almond milk or any other non-dairy milk, even coconut milk.
To sweeten it up a little more you can always add a touch of maple syrup or honey.
Tips & Tricks
Keep a container of unsweetened cocoa powder on hand so you can make up a batch of this mix anytime you are in the mood for hot cocoa or need a quick gift.
This jar of homemade cocoa mix will keep for 2-3 weeks at room temperature or 3-4 months in the freezer.
Mug Desserts & Drinks
That mug you reach for every day isn’t just for your morning coffee, no siree! Try these great recipes in your favorite mug:
- Coconut Mug Cake (pictured above)
- Mug Brownie for One
- Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa
- Apple Crisp in a Mug
- Peanut Butter Mug Cookie for One
Next time you are craving a warm, soothing cup of hot cocoa whip up a batch of this homemade cocoa mix so your next cup is a cinch to prepare. It’s definitely a good idea to have a batch on hand for the cold winter months ahead.
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 cups powdered milk
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Whisk the ingredients until very well combined.
- Store in an airtight container or mason jar.
- To Make Hot Chocolate: Combine 1/3 cup of hot chocolate mix with 1 cup of warm milk or water. Stir until well combined and serve with marshmallows and whipped cream.
This homemade hot cocoa mix will last up to a month at room temperature or for 3-4 months in the freezer.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 5g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.
This recipe was originally posted on December 18, 2013. It has been updated to improve user experience and re-shared on December 23, 2022.