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How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix

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Make delicious mugs of hot chocolate at home when you learn how to Make Hot Chocolate Mix. It's a great drink for the winter months and an edible gift, too!
How to make Hot Chocolate Mix - it's inexpensive to make and works as a great Holiday gift.

Hi Bold Bakers!

I loved making hot chocolate as a kid but I never knew you could actually make your own Hot Chocolate Mix. My recipe is inexpensive to make and works as a great Holiday gift.

All you do is  place a large sieve over a bowl and sieve together all of the ingredients. Now, the better the ingredients you use, the better the result you get out. Use a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder. The better the cocoa, the richer your hot chocolate.

Next is a little sugar for sweetness to cut the richness of the cocoa powder. I also add in cornstarch which will help thicken your hot chocolate. When cornstarch heats, it activates and thickens. Lastly, to make our Hot Chocolate creamy we add dry milk powder. Lots of different brands make milk powder and it is widely available in most supermarkets. I put links above the recipe so you can buy it with a click of a button.

To make a mug of homemade Hot Chocolate, place a couple of tablespoons of the Hot Chocolate Mix in a pot with a mug of milk. Bring this mixture to a simmer and pour into a mug. Enjoy with marshmallows.

Place my Peppermint Candy Spoons on the side of your mug and use it as a stirrer and you get a lovely hint of mint as it melts, which is a perfect combination with the chocolate.

Get my NEW Best-Ever Hot Chocolate and Holiday Cookies, Desserts and baking tips and tricks at my Holiday Baking Headquarters page.

Can I use hot chocolate powder instead of cocoa powder?

Great question! NO, no you can not! Do you know how I know that you were thinking of doing that? because when I was young I used to use hot chocolate powder in my baking when I had used all of my mums cocoa powder. Although hot chocolate powder does contain cocoa powder it also has extra sugar and other ingredients that you just don’t want in your baked goods.

Do you make hot chocolate with water or milk?

For a creamy mug of hot chocolate my preference would be to use milk instead of water to make your hot chocolate. However there is dried milk in the mix so if you do use water it will still be ‘milky’.

Does hot chocolate mix go bad? 

Not at all. Store it in an air-tight container out of the direct sun indefinitely. There is nothing in there that will go bad or rancid. So if you were thinking of maybe giving it as a gift or making it early to have for the holiday season then feel free to mix it up early and have it ready to go.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

4.53 from 319 votes
Make delicious mugs of hot chocolate at home when you learn how to Make Hot Chocolate Mix. It's a great drink for the winter months and an edible gift, too!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 15 mugs
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Make delicious mugs of hot chocolate at home when you learn how to Make Hot Chocolate Mix. It's a great drink for the winter months and an edible gift, too!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 15 mugs

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2oz/212g) dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/57g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  • Sieve all the ingredients into a bowl
  • Keep in an air-tight container indefinitely. 

To make a mug of hot chocolate :

  • Add 3 tablespoons of the Hot Chocolate mix to 8 oz milk or water into a saucepan and stir. Simmer on medium/low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into a mug and serve with marshmallows.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 56
% Daily Value*
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Jody Cherry
Jody Cherry
7 months ago

General question here… What is the corn Starch for?

Jane
Jane
7 months ago

Can you use stevia in place of sugar for those of us who are diabetics?

PsychoMoose
9 months ago

Could I make it in the microwave instead of a saucepan?

Beth
Beth
9 months ago

My daughter and I mixed this in our coffee. We added a splash of half and half and a little bit of sugar. It was very yummy.

Annette Bonomo
Annette Bonomo
5 months ago

Hi – I’ve been advised to “avoid dairy”. I use almond milk and sometimes an oat beverage. Also I have to watch my sugars, being diabetic. Can I modify your recipe somehow?

Melinda
Melinda
7 months ago

oh sounds yummy! I am going to make some tonight. I am going to go ahead and add dehydrated marshmallows too for the full hot cocoa mix experience 🙂

Lorena
Lorena
7 months ago

Have been using a nesquick recipe for a while now because the initial batch made such a large amount, but was not very satisfied with it. We finally ran out, so I went looking for another add water mix. I liked that it was a small recipe I could try and that it had simple ingredients. I could not decide if it needed more sugar or not…it was so rich, but when my 7 year old said it was perfect as is and did not need more sugar, I had to go with it…I mean, what 7 year old does… Read more »

Denise82
7 months ago

So delicious😋. It was hard to find dry milk here in Germany.

Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie
7 months ago

Wonderful. I was given About 4 packets of powdered milk and wasn’t too sure how to use it Also had a 1/4 c of crushed candy canes left over from a cookie recipe.
This was sssooo delicious.
I came home from work. Took a few minutes to mix together. I added water to my coffee pot and by the time it was heated I was done mixing.
Thank you. I can transport this mix anywhere!!!

7 months ago

My 10 y.o. made this recipe to fill ornament gifts. Simple recipe for a delicious mix, and she could do the whole project herself!

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