4 Ingredient Hot Cocoa Mix

Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Looking for the perfect hot cocoa recipe that doubles as a great neighbor gift? This 4 ingredient hot cocoa is exactly what you have been searching for!

Hot Cocoa Mix in Mason Jar with printable label

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Can you believe it is almost Christmas? If you are like me you are always looking for simple and easy gifts to give friends and neighbors.

Well, this year I decided to make a simple neighbor gift which happens to be this super delicious hot cocoa mix. Not only does it taste great, but it really does look like an elegant gift to give friends and neighbors!

Hot Cocoa Mix in Mason Jar with printable label

This hot cocoa mix is so easy to make and makes the perfect gift. We also use this hot chocolate mix when we set up our hot cocoa bars during the wintertime.

This hot cocoa mix is creamy and delicious and actually uses my secret ingredient, chocolate jello pudding!

So how do you make the perfect hot cocoa mix? With just a few ingredients and just a few steps, you will be on your way to a delicious cup of hot cocoa.

Hot Chocolate Mix

Serves 8-10

Ingredients for Hot Cocoa Mix:

ingredients for homemade hot cocoa mix

3 cups of sugar

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups powdered dry milk

1 package cook and serve chocolate jello pudding

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How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix:

In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months

How to prepare hot chocolate using mix:

hot cocoa with whipped cream and peppermint candy

Mix about ½ cup of hot cocoa with ½ cup of water for one serving.

Tips and tricks to making hot cocoa mix:

  1. Experiment with different flavors! Mix up your hot cocoa mix by trying different flavors of pudding! Some great options are butterscotch, caramel or french vanilla!
  2. Be sure you get the cook and serve pudding rather than instant pudding.
  3. If you would rather use powdered sugar feel free to switch it out! I do find the granules to taste better.

How to Give this hot cocoa mix as a gift:

hot cocoa mix in jar in box with peppermint sticks and stirring spoon

To give this hot cocoa mix as a gift it is really quite easy! Mix up your hot cocoa mix and then put it in a cute jar or mason jar and tie a cute hot cocoa label on it!

wooden spoon with hot cocoa mix

Then in a separate smaller container, put some of your favorite toppings for your friends and neighbors to add to their hot cocoa.

hot cocoa mix in jar

Some favorite hot cocoa toppings are:

  • chocolate chips
  • crushed candy canes
  • mini marshmallows
  • white chocolate chips
  • caramel bits
  • Sprinkles

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket Ideas:

Here are some great ideas to make the perfect hot chocolate gift basket:

If you love hot chocolate check out these great recipes!

Yield: 8-10 servings

4 Ingredient Hot Cocoa Mix

4 Ingredient Hot Cocoa Mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered dry milk
  • 1 package cook and serve chocolate jello pudding

Instructions

    How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix:
    In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

    How to prepare hot chocolate using mix:
    Mix about ½ cup of hot cocoa with ½ cup of water for one serving.

Notes

Experiment with different flavors! Mix up your hot cocoa mix by trying different flavors of pudding! Some great options are butterscotch, caramel or french vanilla!

Be sure you get the cook and serve pudding rather than instant pudding.

If you would rather use powdered sugar feel free to switch it out! I do find the granules to taste better.

how to make hot cocoa mix pinterest image

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