Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

This Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe is the only one you’ll ever need! Whether you make it to enjoy at home or make it as a gift for friends, you won’t be able to resist this warm chocolatey drink.  

The Best Recipe for Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

jar of homemade hot chocolate mix with wooden scoop and mix ins

Is it just me, or do you find almost any excuse to make hot chocolate? I absolutely can’t resist so having a homemade hot chocolate mix recipe that I love is a must! 

I’ve got the best slow cooker pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe, but I needed something a little more simple and this is perfect!

But even thought this recipe for hot chocolate mix is pretty basic, I almost always add some fun ingredients to spice it up! Around the holidays I will add cinnamon or peppermint. My kids love it when I add some marshmallows too!

It’s also the easiest gift during the colder months of the year. You can put a bit of mix in a bag with a candy cane or add it to a decorative jar and add a sweet note. Your friends and family will be begging for the recipe!

Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

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close up of glass jar with homemade hot chocolate mix

Serves: 10-12

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 

ingredients for homemade hot chocolate mix
  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

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How to Make this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

  • To make your homemade hot chocolate mix, grab a large mixing bowl and sift your powdered sugar into it. 
  • Next, sift in the instant dry milk and the cocoa powder right on top of the powdered sugar. 
  • Whisk powdered sugar, dry milk, and cocoa powder to combine. 
  • Add the granulated sugar and whisk until the mixture is well combined. 
  • Move the hot chocolate mix to your storage container of choice until you are ready to use it!
  • To make hot chocolate from the mix, add ⅓ of the mix to your favorite mug and stir in 1 cup of warm milk. 
sealed glass jar of homemade hot chocolate mix with gingham black tea towel

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • This hot cocoa mix recipe is great on its own, but it’s even better with some fun mix-ins! You can add dehydrated marshmallows, candy cane bits, chocolate chips, or cinnamon right into the mix for an extra dose of flavor. Or you can wait until you make your cozy cup of hot chocolate and add in peppermint extract or your favorite flavored creamers. 
  • If you are giving this as a gift, don’t forget to include some instructions. It’ll help them make the perfect cup of hot chocolate without having to guess on the amounts! 

Does it matter what kind of cocoa powder you use? 

Choosing the right cocoa powder is essential to a great recipe for hot chocolate mix. You’ll want to choose something that you know you like! If you like the simple sweet taste of plain unsweetened cocoa powder then that will work perfectly. 

A lot of people use dutch-process cocoa powder in their hot cocoa for an even richer flavor. If you are a dark chocolate fan, that might be what you need!

Storage

This hot chocolate mix will last you all season long! Keep it in an airtight container in your pantry and it should stay fresh for about 4-6 months!

The best way I’ve found to store this recipe for hot chocolate mix is in a glass food storage jar. They look beautiful, they’re easy to clean, and they keep things so fresh!

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Yield: 10-12

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

close up of glass jar with homemade hot chocolate mix

This Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe is the only one you’ll ever need! Whether you make it to enjoy at home or make it as a gift for friends, you won’t be able to resist this warm chocolatey drink.  

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. To make your homemade hot chocolate mix, grab a large mixing bowl and sift your powdered sugar into it. 
  2. Next, sift in the instant dry milk and the cocoa powder right on top of the powdered sugar. 
  3. Whisk powdered sugar, dry milk, and cocoa powder to combine. 
  4. Add the granulated sugar and whisk until the mixture is well combined. 
  5. Move the hot chocolate mix to your storage container of choice until you are ready to use it!
  6. To make hot chocolate from the mix, add ⅓ of the mix to your favorite mug and stir in 1 cup of warm milk. 

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