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.
There’s a good six months in Michigan when I crave hot chocolate. And not just milk with some chocolate syrup in it, 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.
Hot cocoa mix stirs deliciously into ANY kind of milk (including soy and nut milks). Because this recipe is made without powdered milk, it's perfect for your non-dairy/dairy free friends. It's also gluten-free!
This mix is the quickest, easiest DIY present you'll ever make! You probably have all of the ingredients for 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)!
What You Need
- 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.
To Make Hot Chocolate
Whisk 2 tablespoon of hot cocoa mix into 8 oz hot milk until the sugars are dissolved.
Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy!
Tips on Hot Cocoa Mix
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.
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 will keep for 6-9 months in a sealed container stored in a cool, dark place (like your panty or a cupboard).
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 hot milk.