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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Hot chocolate mix is easy to make at home, just get out your food processor and a few simple ingredients. Then you can store it in a jar so you are ready when you need a hot delicious chocolaty drink.

jars of hot chocolate mix tied up with measuring spoons and instructions for making hot cocoa, ready to be gifted.

Make a jar of homemade hot chocolate mix to give to friends and more to keep for yourself. Then you are just a little warm milk or water away from a steamy mug of hot cocoa. It is ready to warm you up at a moment’s notice!

About the Recipe

This recipe was originally shared back in December of 2015. I know most of you didn’t know I existed back then, so I thought it was past time to dust it off and share it with you again.

It is fabulous because this mix is so simple to make and stores well. Then you can have a mug of homemade hot chocolate any time.

You only need a few simple ingredients and a food processor and you are ready to go. Then put your mix in jars or gifting or storing.

A cute jar filled with this chocolaty goodness makes a great holiday gift for friends, neighbors, coworkers and teachers. Just include a cute tag with instructions for making a cup of cocoa and you are done!

Ingredients including chocolate bar, sugar, powdered sugar, powdered milk, and cocoa powder ready to be made into hot cocoa mix.

We made hot chocolate themed gift baskets several years ago. Then we had snowman jars for our homemade white hot chocolate mix.

Those together with some chocolate dipped Rudolph marshmallows and easy snowman marshmallows makes for a super cute gift. Or display them all for a festive hot cocoa bar at a winter party.

No matter how you decide to serve it, you will be glad you had the foresight to make some yummy mix to have on hand. After all a sip of warm creamy hot chocolate makes a cold winter day a lot easier to take!

Make a Homemade Version of the Powdered Hot Cocoa Mix

This easy recipe only takes a minute or two to make. A few simple ingredients and a quick buzz in the food processor and you are ready to package it.

When it is time to enjoy it, all you have to do is measure out a few tablespoons full and add boiling water. A quick stir and your mug is ready to be enjoyed or topped with your favorite additions.

glass mugs with hot chocolate mix powder in them.

Mini marshmallows are a classic addition to a nice mug of hot chocolate, but crushed candy canes are tasty as well. You can try whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon as well.

You can also add some of these ingredients to you jar if you plan to give the mix away. You are giving the gift of nostalgia without the preservatives or artificial flavors.

Easy Alterations

We really like the recipe just the way it is written. It reminds me a lot of the packets of Swiss Miss you get at the grocery store.

small glass mug with hot cocoa and mini marshmallows.

However, one of the most fun parts about making it your own hot chocolate mix is you get to make it your own. If you like a little spice, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix.

Or use coconut sugar instead of granulated if that is more your style. This is your chance to make it your own.

More Great Hot Chocolate Recipes

To make a big batch of the richest, creamiest hot chocolate you’ve ever had, try making my slow cooker hot chocolate. Throw the ingredients in the crockpot before you go outside to play and it will be hot and steamy when you are ready to warm back up.

glass mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

White chocolate lovers should try making my homemade white hot chocolate mix. Though it is even popular with my husband who isn’t a white chocolate fan.

If you find yourself with leftover hot chocolate mix when winter is over, don’t despair. You can turn it into hot chocolate cookies, hot chocolate mix pudding or hot chocolate mix ice cream!

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

jars of hot chocolate mix tied up with measuring spoons and instructions for making hot cocoa, ready to be gifted.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
This hot cocoa mix recipe is perfect for gift giving during the holiday season. It is also perfect for having on hand when you want to make yourself a quick cup of hot cocoa.
4.92 from 24 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 ounces chocolate
  • cup cocoa powder
  • cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • cups powdered milk


To Make the Mix

  • Chop chocolate in the food processor until small chunks.
    4 ounces chocolate
  • Add remaining ingredients and process until it is a fine powder and well mixed.
    ⅓ cup cocoa powder, ⅔ cup powdered sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1½ cups powdered milk
  • Store in an airtight container or mason jar until ready to use.

To Make Hot Chocolate

  • Add 4-5 T of hot chocolate mix into 8 oz boiling hot water. Stir until dissolved and enjoy!


Use your favorite bar of chocolate. We usually use milk or german chocolate. But feel free to play with dark chocolate if you would like.
For a richer cup cocoa, use hot milk instead of water.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 182mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Friday 11th of December 2020

This is a fantastic idea. It sounds wonderful.


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thank you, it is so easy and really tasty. It's great for gifts too!


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Oh that little taste tester is the best!!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

He really is!

AJ @ Aspen Jay

Monday 7th of December 2015

Perfect timing Carlee! We are planning our annual Carols & Cookie party and I wanted to make homemade chocolate this year so am in the market for a recipe to try... and then I found yours! Thanks so much. I agree with you about the Christmas music, it is definitely a must while decorating! Merry Christmas! Aspen


Monday 7th of December 2015

How fun! There are some crock pot versions out there that look amazing too! I REALLY want to do a cookies and cocoa open house this year, but I just don't know how it would fit in. December is always so busy and goes so fast! I love the idea of Carols & Cookies. Maybe I'll just come to your party ;-)


Sunday 6th of December 2015

Such a delicious homemade hot chocolate recipe!


Sunday 6th of December 2015

I agree, got to have the Christmas music while decorating the tree. We did this yesterday, but my husband wasn't so keen on the music either! I haven't made home made hot chocolate before but I'm thinking of doing some for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Blog Fair.


Sunday 6th of December 2015

There are so many fun recipes for hot chocolate I want to try! This is great because one you have the mix, you can make the hot chocolate one mug at a time. I need to get the recipe my mom made last Christmas. She had a big pot going on the stove and served it with fresh whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles. YUM!