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Rich Hot Cocoa Mix

Rich Hot Cocoa Mix

Make your own Rich Hot Cocoa Mix for a frothy cup of hot chocolate, that’s a fraction of the cost of store-bought cocoa mix.

How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix | @TspCurry

EQUIPMENT NEEDED (affiliate links):
Mason Jars for storage or gift giving: Ball Pint Jar (Set of 12) or Ball Pint Jar (Set of 2)

It’s hard to keep hot cocoa mix in the house these days. We’re going through buckets of it. But the store-bought mix has more sugar and other ingredients that just aren’t needed to make a rich, satisfying cup of cocoa.

My Homemade Rich Cocoa Mix contains only 3 ingredients: Baking cocoa, powdered sugar, and instant milk powder (NOT that non-dairy powdered coffee creamer stuff.)

How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix | @TspCurry

Every year when the weather gets chilly, it takes me a while to get into the grove of making this hot cocoa mix. I originally published this recipe it in 2012. But now that I’m totally into making it again, I couldn’t keep it buried on this blog. So here it is…updated and with a few new photos. (:

How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix | @TspCurry

Most homemade hot cocoa mixes contain dry non-dairy creamer. Those creamers contain all sorts of fillers which are completely unnecessary for a cup of rich hot cocoa. Instead, I use instant non-fat dry milk, which is just pure milk, with the water removed. So kids (or anyone) get the goodness of protein- and calcium-rich real milk, antioxidants from the dark cocoa, and a little sweetness.  Make your own rich and frothy: Hot Cocoa Mix. It makes a great gift. Via @TspCurry Click To Tweet

I’ve even been known to serve this healthy, milk-rich cocoa mix at breakfast, lunch, and dinner when we run out of milk, and it’s just too cold to go to the store.

Happy sipping. Or, happy sipping for your kids’ teachers – as it makes a great teacher’s gift.

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Rich Hot Cocoa Mix

5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Serena Ball
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


Make your own Rich Hot Cocoa Mix for a rich, frothy cup of hot chocolate, that’s a fraction of the cost of store-bought mix. Or, mix in a Mason jar and give as gifts.


  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional mix-ins: marshmallows, crushed candy canes, a splash of vanilla


Mix together dry milk, cocoa, and powdered sugar; store in an air-tight container.

To reconstitute 1 serving, stir 1/3 cup cocoa mix into 1 cup hot water or warm milk. Top with a splash of vanilla extract, or other mix-ins, if desired.

How do you drink your hot cocoa? With vanilla? Or, with something stronger?

Just 3 ingredients. Waaay better than store-bought cocoa mix. And cheaper too: HOMEMADE HOT COCOA MIX | @TspCurry - More Healthy recipes at


Friday 20th of December 2019

Delicious! I sifted all ingredients and your recipe is just perfect!!

Serena Ball, MS, RD

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Thanks for letting me know Elena. Glad you found it so yummy!


Monday 25th of February 2019

OMG, this recipe is the best I've tried and loved the outcome. There are lots of ways to make this and I must say that I have tried some of them and it wasn't nice. But this went just great and I'm currently enjoying my drink while my taste bud is enjoying a ride to wonder land!

Serena Ball

Thursday 28th of February 2019

Thanks Jessica!


Monday 11th of December 2017

I've never tried making my own hot cocoa mix, but there's a first for everything! :P This sounds awesome!! <3

Serena Ball

Friday 15th of December 2017

You won't believe how thick and rich the cocoa is when you make it. Powdered sugar contains cornstarch which naturally thickens the cooca. It's so yummy!


Thursday 17th of November 2016

What a great Christmas or hostess gift!


Thursday 17th of November 2016

This is such a great homemade gift! And love that there's no JUNK in it! Can't wait to make this one!

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