Keep this easy, four ingredient hot cocoa mix in your pantry, and you’ll be sipping a warm mug of rich hot chocolate within minutes of coming in from a chilly, snowy day.
Is there any better than a hot, decadent drink on a cold winter day? There’s a good six months in Michigan - especially the winter months - when I crave hot chocolate. And not just milk with some chocolate syrup in it or a packet of Swiss Miss in water, but the thick, rich hot chocolate you get with real sugar and 100% cocoa powder. The kind that tastes a little decadent and a lot like a treat. This recipe makes exactly that - just add hot milk.
The best hot chocolate mixes are homemade with pantry ingredients, including real chocolate. They’ll beat out the single-serve packet hot chocolate powder full of artificial flavor you get at the grocery stores any day!
This hot cocoa mix stirs deliciously into ANY kind of milk (including soy milk, oat milk, and almond milk). If you’re using dairy milk, whole milk will give you a richer cup of hot chocolate, but nonfat milk works well too. Because this recipe is made without dairy-based powdered milk, it's perfect for your non-dairy/dairy free friends. It's also naturally gluten-free!
True chocolate lovers know that the best hot cocoa mix is a combination of cocoa powder and real sugars. There’s no substitute for the strong chocolate flavor that comes from real chocolate.
Want more of a dark chocolate flavor? Increase the amount of cocoa powder in this recipe by 1-2 teaspoons.You can also decrease how much sugar is in the recipe to make it taste less milk chocolate and more dark chocolate. Making your own hot chocolate mix lets you adjust the recipe to your personal preferences and let your taste buds guide you!
- Brown sugar
- White sugar
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix
In a small dish, combine white sugar and vanilla.
Mix with a fork until vanilla is evenly incorporated into the sugar. The mixture will resemble sand.
In a medium bowl, add vanilla/sugar mixture, brown sugar, and cocoa.
Whisk until everything is well combined and no lumps remain.
Store covered in a cool, dry place until ready to use. Hot Cocoa Mix will keep for 6-9 months.
To Make Hot Chocolate
Whisk 2 tablespoon of hot cocoa mix into 8 oz hot milk until the sugars are dissolved.
Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy!
- Make sure your milk is hot enough to dissolve the sugars. The milk doesn't have to be scalding, but you do need to make sure the hot milk you're using is warm enough to melt and dissolve the sugars in the hot cocoa mix.
- This mix makes a great, easy gift! Package hot cocoa mix in a mason jar, with a pretty ribbon, and attach a note telling the recipient to stir this hot chocolate mix into their favorite hot milk.
Make it a Gift
This hot chocolate recipe makes the quickest, easiest DIY gift ever! You probably have all of the ingredients for this hot cocoa mix in your pantry right now. Just mix up a batch, pour it into a mason jar, and add a fun bow. Then write "Add 2 tablespoon to 1 cup hot milk" on a tag and attach it to a jar. You now have a delicious hostess gift (or teacher appreciation present or colleague thank you gift)!
Frequently Asked Questions
I make my hot chocolate with dairy milk, but any kind of milk can be used with this mix, including soy milk, oat milk, almond milk or rice milk. If you’re going to be using a milk that's already been sweetened, reduce the brown sugar in the hot cocoa mix to ⅓ cup.
No. You MUST use some kind of milk when making hot chocolate with this mix because there is no powdered milk or dry milk powder in it. Do not use this hot cocoa mix with just hot water. It will not taste good.
This mix will keep for 6-9 months in a sealed container stored in a cool, dark place (like your panty or a cupboard).