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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

4.44 from 186 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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Beth
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Beth
1 month 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.

rohiniganesh
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rohiniganesh
10 days ago

Hi Gemma!
This is Rohini here from India, I am unable to source Full cream milk powder and am only getting skimmed milk powder, can I go ahead and use that? I’m also getting dairy whiteners, but they’re usually much sweeter, so could you please advise?

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Jana Richert
20 days ago

Can I use dutch process cocoa powder and how much should I use 😊

Dana Williams
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1 month ago

Delicious! Just what I was looking for. Hot cocoa gets me through the colder months, and I made a huge batch of this to last us through the season.

GinnyCruse
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GinnyCruse
1 month ago

Simple and tasty. Approved by the whole family.
Added whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon to the top of the adults and whipped cream with chocolate sprinkles for the kids.

PsychoMoose
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PsychoMoose
1 month ago

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

Aly
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Aly
3 months ago

Hi Gemma – so glad I found your hot chocolate mix recipe (I lost the one I had). My question is this: could I use Cornaby’s Ultra Gel instead of cornstarch & how much would I use? Thanks much!

Saarahkhan
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Saarahkhan
3 months ago

Hi Gemma
Can I skip out the milk powder in this recipe?
Or use a substitute for it ??
I can’t have milk powder
Thank you

Veronica
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Veronica
5 months ago

Would this be fine with just adding hot water? I’m afraid I don’t have access to a microwave at the office.

Izzy
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Izzy
9 months ago

There’s no youtube video

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