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Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate on cold days all winter long with this decadent hot chocolate mix.
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  1. Hot Chocolate Mix Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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There’s nothing quite like a warm cozy drink on a cold winter day, especially when you’ve made it yourself with your own hot chocolate mix. This winter, skip the mix from the store and make it homemade instead since it’s so easy to do, and you can customize it to your liking.

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Hot Chocolate Mix Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ¾-1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bar or chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces white chocolate bar or chips
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional, see note)

PRO TIP:

If you are not serving the hot cocoa mix made on the stovetop, you can omit the cornstarch from the mixture. It will not heat up enough to thicken the hot cocoa if you just mix it with hot milk/water. It doesn’t change the flavor of the mix though, and it won’t hurt to leave it in the ingredients either way.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SUGAR: Powdered sugar could be used in place of the granulated sugar in this homemade mix. It dissolves easily, making it a great substitution.

How to Make This Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This mix keeps well for up to three months, and you can double the recipe to make a big batch to keep you warm all winter.

STEP ONE: Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. 

PRO TIP:

Vary the types of chocolate and the amount of sugar for your own personal taste preference. Try to maintain a ratio of twice as much sugar as unsweetened cocoa powder. 

ingredients processed in a processor

STEP TWO: Pulse or run until the chocolate bar pieces are completely broken down and the hot cocoa mix is a consistent powder.

chocolate pieces processed in a processor

STEP THREE: Package the dry mix in a container with a lid.

STEP FOUR: To serve, mix two tablespoons of hot cocoa mix with 6 to 8 ounces of hot water or hot milk, stir, and enjoy.

PRO TIP:

To make hot chocolate on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of milk over the stovetop until the mixture reaches a simmer. Stir constantly, and allow to simmer for 1 minute. Hot cocoa will thicken slightly. Serve. 

hot milk poured into the chocolate pieces mixture in a glass

How To Serve

Curl up in front of the fireplace on a cold night with a big mug of this creamy hot chocolate. Top your drink with a handful of mini marshmallows and a spoonful of whipped cream. Add a tasty plate of snowball cookies or butter cookies for a sweet treat on the side.

This hot cocoa mix recipe also makes a great homemade gift to give to friends and family during the holidays. Add the mixture to a mason jar tied with a pretty ribbon and heating instructions.

For more cozy drinks to keep you warm when the days are cold, a pumpkin spice latte or apple cider would be a perfect choice.

Storage

IN THE PANTRY: This homemade hot cocoa recipe will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

IN THE FREEZER: While this hot chocolate mix does have a good shelf life, you could extend it by storing it in the freezer longer term.

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This is the best homemade hot chocolate mix since it uses not only cocoa powder but also pieces of real chocolate to make a creamy mug of cocoa. Serve this delicious drink all winter long to keep you warm.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does hot chocolate powder have caffeine?

Unsweetened cocoa powder does naturally contain caffeine, so a cup of hot cocoa does have some caffeine which can give you a little boost.

Can I use non-dairy milk in this hot chocolate recipe?

This delicious recipe would be yummy with non-dairy options such as soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk

How long will this mix keep?

This easy homemade hot chocolate mix recipe will keep in your pantry for up to three months.

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Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate on cold days all winter long with this decadent hot chocolate mix.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ to 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bar or chips
  • 2 ounces white chocolate bar or chips
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, optional (see note)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Pulse or run until the chocolate bar pieces are completely broken down and the hot cocoa mix is a consistent powder.
  • Package in a container with a lid.
  • To serve, mix two tablespoons of hot cocoa mix with 6-8 ounces of hot water or milk, stir, and enjoy.
  • For the best results, include cornstarch in the mixture as listed in the ingredients. To serve, heat 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of milk over the stovetop until the mixture reaches a simmer. Stir constantly, and allow to simmer for 1 minute. Hot cocoa will thicken slightly. Serve.

Notes

  • If you are not serving the hot cocoa mix made on the stovetop, you can omit the cornstarch from the mixture. It will not heat up enough to thicken the hot cocoa if you just mix it with hot milk/water. It doesn’t change the flavor of the mix, and it won’t hurt to leave it in the ingredients either way.
  • This mix keeps well for up to three months, and you can double the recipe to make a big batch to keep you warm all winter.
  • Vary the types of chocolate and the amount of sugar for your own personal taste preference. Try to maintain a ratio of twice as much sugar as unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • To make hot chocolate on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of milk over the stovetop until the mixture reaches a simmer. Stir constantly, and allow to simmer for 1 minute. Hot cocoa will thicken slightly. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 1090kcal | Carbohydrates: 158g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1309mg | Potassium: 1692mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 109g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 411mg | Iron: 16mg
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