Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Changing up the classic hot cocoa mix with this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. Perfectly sweet, extra chocolate…shaken, not stirred. Okay, maybe it’s stirred, but I couldn’t help myself! This cocoa mix is just a touch salty, seriously heavy on the chocolate, plus mini marshmallows make this SO. GOOD! The best part? This is the perfect gift to give this holiday season! All you need to do is mix it up in a jar, print out the recipe card, and attach it! There is nothing better than a homemade gift, you know? Plus, it’s chocolate so… it’s even better! Every sip of this hot chocolate is rich, chocolate-y, smooth, and the perfect balance between dark chocolate and sweetness. Top with mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips for a delicious surprise!

hot chocolte mix in a jar with mug, white house, green trees, and twine behind

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About The Recipe

I think everyone has fond memories of hot chocolate mix from growing up. Mine vary from swim meets to lounging around the hotel room at Disney. No matter what, I always had some packet of hot cocoa mix to keep me warm.

But, if you’ve ever had store-bought cocoa mix, you know the flavor is always flat. There’s really never enough chocolate (or milk) to offset the water. It’s sweet, but disappointing most of the time.

Now, you never have to be disappointed in a jar of cocoa mix ever again!

close up of cocoa mix in a jar with houses behind

I was determined this holiday season to create a cocoa mix that tasted like a delicious mug of creamy hot chocolate to give my friends and family. Because, let’s be honest, is there really such a thing as a better gift than homemade hot cocoa? I don’t think so!

So, I started experimenting and this mix was the winner! I got the perfect blend of rich dark chocolate cocoa to powdered milk to sugar. It’s so much less effort than making a whole batch of hot chocolate because for this…all you need is boiling water!

Yep, just a few simple ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery store and a bit of boiling water equals the best-ever mug of super easy cocoa.

But that’s not even the best part…

The best part is that this cocoa actually stores for months! Yep. That’s right. If you give this as gift for Christmas (or just make some for yourself) and it doesn’t get around to being mad until March… that’s okay!

Just remember to store this in an airtight jar to keep it!

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Glass Jar

Ingredients

  • Cocoa Powder
  • Powdered Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • (optional) Mini Chocolate Chips
powdered milk, cocoa powder, salt, mini marshmallows, sugar in glass bowls

Instructions

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the powdered milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.

Transfer mix into a glass jar and top (or layer!) with desired amount of mini marshmallows and top with chocolate chips. I used about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of mini marshmallows, but feel free to use more or less! I also topped with about 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips.

hot chocolate milk with marshmallows in a jar with a spoon and twine in the background

How To Store

Keep this mix in an airtight jar or container for months at room temperature!

Gifting Ideas

The holiday season is all about gifting! The best part is that this mix is the perfect gift to leave under the tree! I love to tie a bow on top of the jar and attach a little to/from note. I always include the instructions for how to make the cocoa! But, the gifting is really up to you! Just have fun with it!

Substitutions

  • I used dark chocolate cocoa powder, but feel free to use what you have!
  • A mix of powdered creamer and powdered milk can be used. I used only low fat powdered milk.
  • Powdered almond milk or any plant-based powdered milk can be used to make this recipe vegan.
hot cocoa in a large mig with a spoon and marshmallows

Expert Tips

  • This mix keeps really well!
  • Make sure to sift the cocoa powder to get rid of any lumps of cocoa.
  • Marshmallows and chocolate chips are optional, but highly recommended!
  • Keep this mix in an airtight jar or container.
  • This recipe makes one drink.

When you make this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

glass jar of cocoa mix with a gold slow flake, a mug, and white houses behind

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Caylie
Rich, creamy, extra chocolate-y, and SO. GOOD. This Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is not only easy to make, but the perfect gift to give this holiday season!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 281 kcal

Ingredients
 

For The Mix:

  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoons powdered milk
  • ¾ Tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon mini marshmallows, optional
  • 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips, optional

For the cocoa:

  • All of cocoa mix
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

Instructions

For the mix:

  • Whisk together cocoa powder, powdered milk, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Transfer mix into glass jar.
  • Top with marshmallows and chocolate chips.

For the cocoa:

  • In a large mug, combine cocoa mix and water.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Serve!

Notes

Substitutions:
  • I used dark chocolate cocoa powder, but feel free to use what you have!
  • A mix of powdered creamer and powdered milk can be used. I used only low fat powdered milk.
  • Powdered almond milk or any plant-based powdered milk can be used to make this recipe vegan.
Expert Tips:
  • This mix keeps really well!
  • Make sure to sift the cocoa powder to get rid of any lumps of cocoa.
  • Marshmallows and chocolate chips are optional, but highly recommended!
  • Keep this mix in an airtight jar or container.
  • This recipe makes one drink.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drinkCalories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 14gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 187mgPotassium: 751mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 434mgIron: 2mg

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