Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Need an easy recipe that yields great hot cocoa just like the store-bought mixes? Then this is for you!

DIY hot cocoa mix

For regular homemade hot chocolate—not from a mix and with less sugar—check out this recipe

Here at MOMables, we are huge proponents of not buying what you can make yourself. One popular household staple is hot cocoa mix. Great for a hot treat on a cold day. Or even a warm one!

Most store-bought mixes are full of fillers and junk like artificial flavors—yuck! So not only can your mix be made on a cost-conscious budget, but it can also cater to individual tastes and food intolerances along with being much healthier!

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

DIY hot cocoa mix
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 11 1x


  • 1 cup cocoa powder (Dutch-process preferred)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk (or non-dairy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (optional*)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or food processor, and mix well.
  2. Put 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the mix into a mug, and fill to 1 cup with hot water. Mix well.


Options to add to mix:
1 cup chocolate or white chocolate chips (whole or chopped via food processor)

Options to add to cup of prepared cocoa:
Whipped cream
Pinch of cinnamon and/or cayenne pepper
Sprinkle of shaved chocolate
Sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy or candy cane
A shot of espresso, added before the hot water

If you prefer using fresh milk, leave the powdered milk out of the mix. Add 3 tablespoons of the powdered mixture to the mug, and fill to 1 cup with hot milk.

*The cornstarch is added to help prevent caking, so can be omitted if desired.
Recipe slightly adapted from Alton Brown.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

This makes a great gift too – just pack some in a jar or air-tight container and top with some homemade marshmallows, chocolate chips, or crushed peppermint candy. What a nice treat to say “Thanks!” or even “Just because.”

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About Kendra Peterson

Kendra has two daughters on a gluten free, dairy free, and dye free diets. She cooks meals that don't come from a can, boxed or with unidentifiable ingredients. She makes miracles with the random veggies she gets from her CSA box and can be seen pulled over at the park or library feeding her kids food packed in lunch boxes. You can also find her making fun waste-free lunches on her blog, Biting the Hand That Feeds You.