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Our Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is made with just three ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen pantry.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Looking for a fun (and delicious) homemade gift idea this holiday season? How about mixing up a batch of this easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix!

It’s made with just three ingredients – and you can pack it up in pretty jars for gift-giving, along with a bag of mini marshmallows, and these cute marshmallow mugs. (Affiliate link)

Or, keep some of this cocoa mix on hand for when the craving strikes for a chocolatey cup of hot chocolate!


Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

How do you make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix?

All you need is some confectioner’s sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder (ideally Dutch-processed cocoa), and powdered milk.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Simply whisk together in a bowl, then spoon it into air-tight jars for storage.


What is Dutch-Processed Cocoa?

Dutch-processed cocoa powder is made from cocoa beans that have been washed with an alkaline solution before they are ground into cocoa powder. The alkaline solution neutralizes the natural acidity of the cocoa beans, and it gives the cocoa powder a darker color and a milder, smoother chocolate flavor. We recommend Rhodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa powder for this recipe.

While you can make this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix with natural cocoa powder such as Hershey’s Cocoa, the Dutch-processed cocoa really makes a noticeable difference in the hot chocolate.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix


How do you use this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix?

To make a cup of hot chocolate, add ¼ cup of this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix to eight-ounces (1 fluid cup) of hot water. Or – if you really want a creamy and luxurious cup of cocoa, use half hot water and half hot milk.  Add mini-marshmallows to your cup if you’d like.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Where can I find those cute marshmallow cups in the photos?

You can buy them via the affiliate link below:

Our jars were purchased at HomeGoods.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of mix (approximately 24 cups of hot chocolate)
  • Category: beverage, gift giving
  • Method: stir
  • Cuisine: American


2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 cup unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa – we recommend Rhodelle (affiliate link)

3 cups powdered milk


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together with a whisk, blending well.

Pour into jars with lids for storage and/or gift giving.

To make a cup of cocoa, add ¼ cup of this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix to 8 ounces of hot water*. Stir to combine. *If you want an extra creamy cup of hot chocolate, you can swap in some hot milk for half the water.

Keywords: homemade hot chocolate mix, homemade cocoa mix


Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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  • Laura Harris-Taylor wrote:

    I think it was so VERY Kind of you to answer the comments about coffee creamer and Jars, Martha! I just laughed, but I’m allowed to at my age…..FINALLY! The other comment about using Stevia interested me, as I am diabetic and although I made this for gifts for my 7 Cocoa-Crazed brothers; my favorite uncle is also on insulin, and he has “re-ordered” for his birthday gift this year! I DID actually use some Hazelnut Dry Creamer with the powdered milk for myself…and it didn’t suck! So now, 2 of my Hazlenut-loving sis-in-laws now have their own recipe thanks to you! Of course, anyone who cooks is gonna tweak…..but if the Harris Men in my life fell dead head over heals for your original recipe…..and have sworn off Nestle Quick after over 40 years…..I have NOTHING but GRATITUDE for you, Doll!!!! Your Copycat Ah So Sauce is KILLLER! Im from Boston, live in FL where it’s nearly impossible to find; and my Aunt gifts me the big Jar every year in April…..NOT THIS YEAR! She’s making her own since I made and shipped her YOURS!!!!! Thank YOU from 2 VERY Happy Generations of my Family!!! NOTHING BUT LOVE!!!

    uncle is also on insulin. I used a Splenda/Saccharin Combination, The Rodelle and even DID use some Hazelnut Dry Coffee Creamer for my brothers’ wives who RAVED!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Laura! I like your idea of using hazelnut dry creamer and it’s good to know that some low sugar swaps will work! (I’m sure many other readers will appreciate the info too.) Thank you for writing to us – and we’re so glad you are enjoying all of the recipes! 🙂

  • Connie Cummings wrote:

    I tried this with Stevia in the Raw. It was okay. It will take some more experimentation to see what amount will be best.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for letting us know Connie

  • LIN WELCH wrote:

    Love this idea but wondering where to get the jars you have the coco in on this recipe

    or what are they called?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Lin – We found those at HomeGoods – but there wasn’t a brand on the label…just the price tag! Sorry I can help more…

  • Ronna Vance wrote:

    You can also mix 12 cups of coffee creamer, 8 cups of white sugar, and 4 cups of unsweetened hersheys cocoa.mix well and enjoy hot chocolate ant time.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for the suggestion Ronna

  • Joan Brandenburg wrote:

    I have not tried your Thanksgiving Quesadillas yet, but your Green Bean Casserole with the homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup is absolutely delicious and easy to prepare! Also I cooked our Turkey per your recommendation of splaying out the legs and wings and the cooking time was perfect with the breast meat remaining very moist. Wonderful suggestion that I will repeat every time I cook a turkey. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Joan – So glad the recipes were a success! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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