Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix {DIY Hot Cocoa!}

This homemade hot cocoa mix recipe is perfect for warming you up on a cold night. Better than store bought, make it in bulk and share with friends and family!

diy hot chocolate mix in a jar with a wood scoop

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Hot cocoa is a favorite of mine because I am not much of a coffee drinker. And let’s be honest…

I love marshmallow and whipped cream!

The store bought nonsense is for the birds which is why I prefer to make mine homemade.

AND…This way I can make a milk chocolate or a dark chocolate version without worrying about what’s available at the grocery store.

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Ingredients for hot chocolate mix

  • instant dry milk powder
  • powdered sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • granulated sugar

This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe will just make a basic hot cocoa. But we all know that the real fun is in the garnishes and toppings!

Once you make your warm cup of cocoa, top it off with any of these:

  • chocolate chips (white, semi sweet, milk, or dark)
  • mini marshmallows
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon
  • peppermint extract
  • candy canes
  • chocolate wafer straws (Pirouline)
  • sprinkles

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How to make hot cocoa mix

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar and instant powdered milk together.

STEP TWO: Sift in cocoa powder. Add granulated sugar and whisk together until evenly combined.

STEP THREE: Store in airtight container or jar for up to 3 months

This recipe is perfect for making hot cocoa mix in bulk!

I like to portion mine out in cute little mason jars with a tag and instructions. These little gifts are perfect to hand out to my neighbors!

jar of cocoa mix with tray of toppings

To make a mug of hot cocoa, add ⅓ cup of homemade hot cocoa mix in a mug, stir in 1 cup hot milk, and add your favorite toppings!

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Use good quality cocoa powder. It makes all the difference.
  • You can use low-fat instant milk powder but I like the full fat stuff!
  • Measure your ingredients before sifting as it changes the volume.
  • Place the mix in the mug and then add the warm milk. It will keep the clumps at bay.
  • You can make the your hot chocolate with hot water but I prefer milk. It makes it much creamier and yummier!
  • To mix the ingredients, you can add them all to a food processor and pulse a few times. This will also aerate the mixture but it’s not necessary.

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Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This homemade hot cocoa mix recipe is perfect for warming you up on a cold night.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

To make hot chocolate mix

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift powdered sugar. Sift instant milk powder on top of powdered sugar.
  2. Sift cocoa powder on top or milk. Whisk together.
  3. Whisk in granulated sugar until evenly combined.
  4. Store in airtight container or jar for up to 3 months

To make hot cocoa

  1. add ⅓ cup of mix in a mug.
  2. Stir in 1 cup warm milk until mixed.
  3. Garnish with toppings of your choice.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 6g

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