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Hot Chocolate Mix

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Homemade hot chocolate mix lets you enjoy a rich, creamy cup of hot cocoa whenever you’re in the mood!

Hot chocolate is always loved during the Christmas season. From classic hot chocolate to white hot chocolate and hot chocolate in the slow cooker for a crowd, there’s something so relaxing about a warm cup of the stuff – extra marshmallows of course!

Hot chocolate mix in a glass jar with a spoon.

Hot chocolate mix has more uses than just hot chocolate. We love using some in pancakes, mixing it into coffee, muffins, and cookies. You name it, hot chocolate mix is a great addition! 

How To Make Hot Chocolate Mix

To make homemade hot chocolate mix:

  1. Combine dry milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Use a funnel to pour hot chocolate mix into a jar.

To make hot chocolate with hot chocolate mix:

  1. Heat water with a tea kettle.
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix per cup of hot water.
  3. Top with favorite hot chocolate toppings.

A bowl with ingredients for homemade hot chocolate mix like cocoa powder and sugar.

How To Store Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot chocolate mix will last up to a year a cool, dry place like the pantry.

We like to store homemade hot chocolate mix in a mason jar labelled with instructions and the date we made it.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Tips and Substitutions

  • When combining ingredients, mix carefully. Cocoa powder is very fine, and will cloud up. 
  • The cornstarch helps bind together the hot chocolate mix, and helps thicken the hot chocolate slightly when poured.
  • For Mexican hot chocolate mix, add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • For copycat Starbucks hot chocolate mix, reduce the amount of sugar to ⅓ cup.
  • For dairy free hot chocolate mix, substitute the dry milk powder for dry coconut milk powder. This option is also vegan friendly.
  • Try adding some hot chocolate mix to Irish coffee. It creates a delicious Irish mocha!

A spoon scooping homemade hot chocolate mix out of a jar.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Gifts

Homemade hot chocolate mix is also the perfect stocking stuffer or gift idea.

Add a little baggie of marshmallows and some hot chocolate powder to a jar and personalize them with some ribbons and gift tags.

We love using these jars for DIY hot chocolate mix gifts.

You can also add some other toppings like crushed candy cane pieces, crushed candy bars, or chocolate chips!

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Hot Chocolate Mix

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Bailey
The perfect make ahead option for quick and delicious homemade hot chocolate!
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  • 1 ½ cups milk powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place for 6-12 months.

To Make It:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix with hot water. Top with favorite hot chocolate toppings.
Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1mg

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