This Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great for holiday gifting. Also, this Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great anytime you want a cup!
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!
When my oldest son moved to California to go to school, I started making him tons on 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! 🙂
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
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
- 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.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.
- 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.
- Sift, if needed.
- Mix again. A whisk works great!
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
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!
Need some other last minute gift ideas? These Chestnut Chocolate truffles are easy, festive and delicious!
These Spicy nuts are one of our favorites, adn make a perfect gift!
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Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup Cocoa powder
- 2.5 cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- grated chocolate and mini marshmallows for garnish, if desired
- 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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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.
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!
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!
Thanks Patty! I’m glad to help! It is fun to give as gifts. Merry Christmas!
My kids love hot chocolate after shoveling snow. This mix makes a cute and easy gift idea.
Yes it really does. Thanks so much for the comment, Caroline! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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!
Yes, I love to make different flavors! It’s a lot of fun, giving everyone their own special mixture!
Love this as a gift idea. Super cute in mason jars too!
Thank you Amanda! Have a very happy Holiday Season!
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!
Totally easy! That’s the best part! Thank you Daniela! Happy holidays!
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.
It would be a wonderful teacher gift, for sure! Thanks so much Ali! Merry Christmas!
This is such a great gift idea! But I’d probably end up just keeping it in my own cupboard instead… 😉
Haha! I hear ya! Thanks for your comment! Merry Christmas, Emmeline!
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.
Yes, it’s quite delicious! Thank you so much, Pam!
Love how you packaged the mix in those cute mason jars!
Thanks Lisa! They are fun gifts to give to my family! Merry Christmas!
Hot Chocolate is the best thing to enjoy for the Holidays! This recipe looks and sounds delicious!
Thank you, Shanika! I appreciate your comment! Happy holidays to you and your family!