Hot cocoa is a winter staple that I look forward to each year. I’ll admit that I’ve tried my fair share of hot chocolate recipes (you know, research for the blog and all), but this is my favorite recipe for creating a large batch of homemade hot cocoa mix that can be ready in an instant!
While I was decking my halls, I decided to set up a hot cocoa station in my dining room. That inspired me to whip up a big batch of this delicious homemade hot cocoa mix.
I also found this super cute vintage metal thermos on eBay, and it was begging to be a part of a hot chocolate display. Mission accomplished.
By the way, that thermos made the cut of my all-time FAVORITE vintage Christmas decor items. I really love it!
If memory serves me correctly, this recipe came from my sister-in-law, who used to make it for my nephews and niece. Now you can skip the store-bought hot chocolate pouches and just whip up a big container of this. It’s great to have on hand for when the mood strikes or company arrives over the holidays.
There are so many reasons that you’ll love this recipe. This hot cocoa mix is the perfect thing to have in your pantry when the weather gets super cold. It has the richest flavors and doesn’t have the same stale taste as boxed cocoa mix.
You can even save it and give it as a gift to people. I’ll share my entire recipe (and answer your biggest questions) in this recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hot Cocoa Mix
Before we get to the hot chocolate mix recipe, here are some questions people often ask about it. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?
People use these two words interchangeably, but there are some actual differences between them.
Hot cocoa is thinner and tends to be creamier and sweeter. It’s usually made from a dry mix and has lots of different additives (like things that prevent the ingredients from caking together).
True hot chocolate is richer and denser, usually made by melting chocolate and adding milk to it. Some types of hot chocolate might taste bittersweet because of the amount of pure cacao used as the base.
How do you make hot chocolate without mix?
You can use my recipe to make even one individual cup of hot cocoa. If you don’t have any of the ingredients, you can still have hot chocolate. Just melt your favorite chocolate bar and stir in some warm milk. Keep adding milk until it is as thick as you like.
How do you make hot cocoa without cocoa powder?
The best way to make hot chocolate without cocoa powder is to use real chocolate bars. Melt your favorite type of chocolate in a saucepan and add milk until it is a drinkable consistency.
The best thing about this method is that you can make dark chocolate or make it light and sweet with milk chocolate.
However, it’s not necessarily the easiest method as chocolate can burn easily, as can milk. So I suggest you make this hot chocolate mix!
What are the best toppings for hot chocolate?
This is the fun part! I love to add whipped cream on top and then drizzle some more chocolate sauce on top of that. Then, either add sprinkles or some cookie crumbs. If you like caramel, crush some caramel candies and add them on top.
The secret to a really good hot cocoa mix is the ingredients. I have lots of special things that I put in my homemade hot cocoa mix recipe.
- Non-Dairy Powdered Creamer: This not only adds rich flavor to it but also makes it creamier too. You can use French Vanilla flavored creamer, but unflavored is the best in my opinion.
- Dry Powdered Milk: This adds creaminess and richness to the hot cocoa.
- Chocolate Chips: Use dark chocolate chips for a really luxurious taste.
- Cocoa Powder: Any type of cocoa powder will work.
- White Granulated Sugar: Regular white sugar is best in this recipe.
How do you make hot cocoa mix?
It’s simple. Combine non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, dry powdered milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together.
You can also put all of the ingredients in your storage container and just shake well to combine.
And that’s it, my friends! Your homemade hot cocoa mix is ready!
How to Serve Homemade Hot Cocoa
To serve, place 1/4 to 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug. Pour in warm milk. (You can also use hot water, but I think the warm milk adds to the creaminess.) Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows or whatever other toppings you’d like.
That’s a wrap on homemade hot cocoa!
It truly is that easy to make your own mix from scratch.
This hot cocoa mix also makes a great gift. I would double the batch and portion it out in small mason jars. Tie a pretty ribbon around each jar, add a candy cane, and you’re good to go.
I hope you love this hot cocoa mix recipe as much as I do. Here’s to many a hot cocoa mustache!
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The Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe:
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
- 1 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
- 1 cup milk chocolate morsels
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- Miniature marshmallows
- Combine the ingredients, except for the marshmallows, in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine.
- Place in a sealed container or divide into individual servings. One serving is 1/3 cup cocoa mix plus milk. Garnish with mini marshmallows.
- To prepare the hot cocoa, place 1/4 to 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug. Pour in warm milk. Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows.