Need an easy recipe that yields great hot cocoa just like the store-bought packets? Then this is the hot cocoa mix recipe for you!
Whether you decide to make single packets like these or a big jar of it like I show you in the video; this post will show you how and how much to use for a great cup of hot cocoa!
Easy Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
But on to today’s Hot Chocolate mix. You can make this one and leave it in your pantry for the next time everyone is craving some hot chocolate!
Did you know that most store-bought mixes are full of fillers and junk-like artificial flavors? Yuck!
I knew there had to be a better way, so I decided to make one! I already have my favorite traditional hot chocolate recipe. It’s warm, creamy, and everything you’d ever want in hot cocoa (there’s even a dairy-free version if you need it).
As much as I love that recipe, I wanted a version that I could make in bulk once and always have on hand when the kids need a cup of cocoa after playing outside in the cold.
This mix is that recipe! It’s healthier than store-bought, can cater to individual tastes and food intolerances and it’s much more cost-conscious as well. A total win.
And just wait until you taste it.
How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
When you see how easy it is to make your own hot chocolate mix, you’ll wonder why you’ve been buying store-bought mixes all these years. I know I do!
But making it at home, couldn’t be easier. All you need is a food processor and a couple of pantry essentials.
- Combine and process
Mix all the ingredients in your processor and process until thoroughly combined. It should be a smooth, fine powder.
Store your hot chocolate mix in an air-tight jar or zip bag for safekeeping until you’re ready to use it.
You can also prepare this in a large bowl, just make sure that all the ingredients are mixed together completely. As always, you’ll find the exact measurements in the recipe card below.
Hot Cocoa Mix Ingredients
For this recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Cocoa powder: because you can’t have hot cocoa without this ingredient.
- Powdered sugar: easily dissolves and thickens the consistency.
- Powdered milk: makes it creamy.
- Salt: enhances the cocoa and sugar.
- Cornstarch: prevents caking, but can be omitted if desired.
Want to spruce up your cup of cocoa? Add 1 cup of chocolate or white chocolate chips to the mix. Sometimes, I’ll add them whole or chop them up in the food processor with everything else.
I’ve found that melty-hot chocolate chips make the perfect addition to a steaming cup of cocoa.
And speaking of additions, we’ve tried this recipe a bunch of different ways and each one is more delicious than the last! Scroll down to the printable recipe card to see this recipe come together from mix to mug in this quick recipe video!
How to Keep Hot Cocoa Mix from Getting Clumpy
A teaspoon or two of cornstarch is the trick to prevent cocoa from clumping. You can certainly, go without it, but if you’re making a large batch to store future uses, it really helps the mixture to remain a fine powder.
What Type of Cocoa Powder is Best for Hot Cocoa
For this recipe, you’ll want to stick with unsweetened cocoa powder. Dutch-processed cocoa powder can have a flatter flavor and usually requires you to add more powdered milk and sugar.
It’s best to save Dutch-processed cocoa powder for recipes like my Homemade Oreos.
How to Make this Hot Cocoa Mix Dairy Free
You can substitute powdered milk for dairy-free powdered milk, such as soy milk powder in this recipe. You’ll simply keep the same quantities and follow the recipe. You can find dairy-free milk powder on Amazon.
Hot Cocoa Mix Flavor add-ins
Start with the basics… and then twist it up until you find the perfect combination. Each of these favor mix-ins is to be added to the cup of prepared cocoa. Not the mix.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Homemade Jumbo Marshmallows
- Whipped cream
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (for the truly brave!)
- Sprinkles of shaved chocolate
- Sprinkles of crushed peppermint or candy cane
- A shot of espresso added before the hot water (for mom)
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.”
DIY Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-process preferred
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 ½ cups powdered milk, or non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch, optional*
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or food processor, and mix well.
- Store in an air tight container
- Put ⅓ to ½ cup of the mix into a mug, and fill to 1 cup with hot water. Mix well.
See How It’s Made
- 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.
- Recipe slightly adapted from Alton Brown.