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This Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great for holiday gifting. Also, this Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great anytime you want a cup!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

The beauty of making your own Hot Chocolate Mix is that you can customize it anyway you like! I have made Mexican Hot Chocolate, Orange hot chocolate, Peppermint hot chocolate, they are all delicious! Today, I’ll just take you through making traditional hot chocolate and you can experiment from there!

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When my oldest son moved to California to go to school, I started making him tons of homemade gifts from my kitchen because I knew how he missed his Mama’s cooking! He would come to visit for Christmas, and we would have the scale out to make sure his suitcase didn’t weigh over 50 pounds, with all of the homemade goodies! 🙂

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One time when I loaded a Priority Mail Box up (you know the one that they advertise, “If it fits, It ships.”?) with so many jars of salsa and jam and peppers, that the woman in the Post Office scolded me. “You know this should cost you $45 to ship?”, she said. I replied, “Yes, but if it fits it ships.” In my most demur tone! 😂 😂 So, it cost me $12.99!

The history of hot chocolate

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Wow! Did you know that Hot Chocolate can be dated back to around 500 BC? Hot cocoa is attributed to the ancient Mayans, in Mexico, according to this article. It then ventured over to Europe in the 1500’s! It has evolved to the drink we enjoy today, on a cold winters’ day, after sledding or skating! I find the origins of specific foods fascinating, don’t you?

Anyhooo, I digress. Making your own Hot chocolate mix couldn’t be easier!

Making this hot chocolate mix recipe

  1. Here are all of the ingredients. Cocoa, powdered sugar, Nonfat dry milk (eliminate if you would like it dairy free and use any of the dairy free milks when you mkae a cup), cornstarch (to keep it from caking with storage. You can eliminate this if making small batches). The chocolate and mini marshmallows are for garnishing.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.
  3. Mix thoroughly. (You can see that I had some large chunks. I think they were the nonfat dry milk, so I ran the mix through a sifter.
  4. Sift, if needed.
  5. Mix again. A whisk works great!
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Pack hot chocolate mix into jars. Add hot water or milk and then garnish with shaved chocolate and mini marshmallows.

Hot Chocolate Mix is customizable

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The other nice thing about this Hot Chocolate Recipe, is that you can adapt it to be dairy free, or vegan by eliminating the dry milk powder. Just put on the instructions to add milk, or dairy free milk, to the mix, instead of water!


That is how easy, and fun it easy to make your own Hot Chocolate Mix! If you are gifting it, you can have all sorts of fun decorating the jars, or get crazy with your favorite flavor variation! How about a coffee flavored hot cocoa? That sounds tasty!

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Enjoy! And have fun cooking!


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Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

This Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great for holiday gifting. Also, this Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great anytime you want a cup!
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5 from 12 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 pints, dry
Calories: 767kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5



  • Mix all ingredients well in large bowl. Sift if larger chunk exist.
  • To serve, add 1-2 tablespoons to mug. Add hot water or hot milk.
  • Garnish, if desired with marshmallows and shaved chocolate.
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Sometimes powdered sugar and cocoa powder will get fine lumps. If this is the case, sift them.
Decorate jars for gifting.
Write directions for the recipients.
Will last for years in canning jars.
Best when made fresh.
To make the recipe dairy free. Omit the nonfat dry milk. When writing directions suggest making with any nut or non dairy milk.


Calories: 767kcal | Carbohydrates: 153g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1353mg | Potassium: 2350mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 134g | Vitamin A: 2325IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 1378mg | Iron: 4.3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    ah, ah, ah, love the ship/fit story. I wish we had it here as well. This hot chocolate mix is a great idea for Liam. Especially since he is studying in Grenoble, right on the French Alps.

    1. Ah, yes, and he could even make it in his apartment because all he will need is hot water! Thanks Laura! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, my friend!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a great gift idea Beth, something I’ve never done, thanks for the tip, I’ll make a mix for us and some to offer at Christmas!

  3. 5 stars
    What a lovely idea for gifts. I would love to receive a jar of this as a gift. I like the idea of customizing according to taste too!

  4. 5 stars
    I love making edible gifts for my family and friends, and this hot chocolate mix looks like the perfect gift for all my foodie friends. So easy too!

  5. 5 stars
    What a great gift idea. My son loves hot chocolate and he would love to gift these to his teacher and I love that it is a gift from the heart.

  6. 5 stars
    I love easy homemade food gifts. It’s so appreciated when you take your time to create something. This hot chocolate mix is perfect, economical and will yield delicious hot chocolate, I’m sure.

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