Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

by Suzan Ferreira
Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix made into hot chocolate in mug with a mason jar container tied with twine filled with the hot chocolate mix in the background

Making this easy homemade hot chocolate mix to have on hand or give as gifts will have you enjoying a mug of hot chocolaty richness in no time flat.

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There may be nothing as satisfying as coming in from the elements & enjoying a steaming, hot mug of homemade hot chocolate. At least for me there isn’t. I love chocolate. Always have.

I remember as a young child coming in from the outdoors, ripping open a packet of hot chocolate mix (you know the one I’m speaking of), adding hot water, and enjoying, well, a watery chocolate flavored drink. It was hot. It was convenient. I now know better 😉

Fast forward just a few years, & my knowledge of what a real, rich & creamy hot chocolate should really taste like has somewhat expanded. Thank goodness!

As with almost everything here on the hill, we enjoy certain foods & transform them into our own version of organic, healthier choices. I tend to research. Everything. Especially when it comes to our food choices.


Hot chocolate is no different as far as foods go. It’s a processed, pre-packaged, “convenient” food. When looking at the ingredients of conventional hot chocolate mixes, let’s just say a big no thank you!

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A few of the “ingredients” I found are not something I wish to ingest or have my family do so either!

  • “Cocoa Processed With Alkali” – I have to say, this was a new one to me. What the heck does that mean? Well, it means that the natural cocoa has been processed chemically to reduce the acidity levels and artificially enhance the color of the cocoa making it appear more chocolaty. Really? No thanks.
  • Corn Syrup – Anytime there is a “formula”, a scientific formula, for “food” I run as fast as I can in the other direction, just sayin’ 🙂
  • Hydrogenated Oils – Palm kernal, coconut, and/or soybean. Enough said? Increased health risks & increased environmental issues stem from the use of these oils.

And then we have a bunch of “ingredients” that I can’t pronounce. Oh, and did I mention that it contains “milk ingredients”. What? Time to take control and make our own thank you very much.


Making your own homemade hot chocolate mix literally takes about 5 minutes of your time. It can be made as a single cup or in bulk (I will give both options below), and makes a wonderful edible gift as well!

Holding an outdoor gathering this winter? Maybe to celebrate the winter solstice or a sledding party? Make a special homemade hot chocolate version & use your crockpot! My version of this wintery treat below. Add a table with a few flavoring options that I’ve listed & you’ve become your own barista!

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix pin made for pinterest showing an image of hot chocolate in mug on a black board along with grated chocolate and a jar of homemade hot chocolate mix

Did I mention this mix is versatile? By adding a few additional spices and/or flavorings to your mug, you will have created a unique, flavorful chocolaty treat that will rival any coffee house.


A few favorites? See below….

  • Chocolate & Peppermint – Add a good dollop of homemade whipped cream & sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies for a uniquely delicious touch or simply add a festive candy cane to your mug
  • Rich Chocolate – Prefer an even richer hot chocolate? What about an Italian version, “Cioccolata Calda”, so thick & decadent, it’s almost like a pudding according to my friend Michelle over at the Brown Eyed Baker
  • Homemade Marshmallows – Like it the traditional way with a few homemade marshmallows floating on top? See my easy to make “Homemade Marshmallow” recipe
  • Chocolate Bark – Add a good size piece of your favorite chocolate bark (peppermint, s’mores, or mint would be good)
  • Spice – Like it a bit spicey? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or cinnamon, or make a fall version by adding pumpkin spice, cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Adult Version – Looking for an adult version? Create a spiked version and add your favorite rum or my homemade kahlua is a delicious option

Oh, so many options to choose from. No matter which flavoring you go for, or just leave as is, this homemade hot chocolate will leave you craving more.


Assembling this mix is as easy as gathering just 4 ingredients, one of which is optional. Cacao, sugar, powdered milk, and salt (optional). I have also listed additional ingredients you may want to add at your leisure.

  • Cacao – I prefer using organic cacao over cocoa powder. Why? It’s healthier for you. Take a look at my article on why to choose dark chocolate for all the reasons why I believe that is the case. You can easily substitute cocoa powder, however
  • Sugar – You have a choice here of which form of sweetener you prefer. Granulated or powdered. I have seen others who has substituted other sweeteners, but I have not tried any alternatives. I have used granulated in this mix as I find the powdered a bit too sweet for me. However, by using the powdered or confectioners sugar, the end product will be slightly thicker as this form of sugar is processed with cornstarch or potato starch, both thickeners
  • Powdered Milk – Using a powdered milk, no matter if you choose non-fat or whole, brings a creaminess to the end product. NOTE: You may choose whatever form of powdered milk. To make this vegan friendly simply choose an almond or soy-based milk powder.
  • *Salt – Salt is an optional ingredient, but I find by using just a bit it lifts the flavors
  • *Cornstarch – Alternatively, should you enjoy a much thicker hot chocolate, adding a bit of cornstarch will do the trick


This recipe will make 1 pint of homemade hot cocoa mix. A printable recipe card can be found below.

To make, place the following in a mixing bowl & combine well. To find some of my favorite brands click on the highlighted item.

  1. 3/4 C Sugar
  2. 1/2 C Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  3. 3/4 C Powdered Milk of Choice
  4. *Optional 1/8 tsp Salt
  5. *Optional Grated Chocolate to taste
  6. *Optional 1/2 tsp Cornstarch as thickener (I don’t add this as I find the original recipe fine without it)

When combining the dry ingredients, I find it helpful to use a wire wisk so that all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix image of mix up close being wisked with a wire wisk

Add the dry homemade hot chocolate mix to a decorative jar, I’ve used an old mason jar for this purpose, seal, and store indefinitely!

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix made into hot chocolate in mug with a mason jar container tied with twine filled with the hot chocolate mix in the background

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Serves: 16 mugs Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.3/5
( 4 voted )


  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  • 3/4 Powdered Milk of Choice
  • *Optional 1/8 tsp Salt
  • *Optional Grated Chocolate to taste
  • *Optional Vanilla Extract approximately 1/8 tsp per mug
  • *Optional 1/2 tsp Cornstarch as thickener (I don't add this as I find the original recipe fine without it)


In a mixing bowl combine well using a wire wisk the sugar, cacao, and powdered milk.  Optional ingredients are listed and need to be well incorporated. Place dry mix in an air-tight glass jar and store indefinitely.  


TO USE: Add 2 Tbl of the homemade hot chocolate mix into 1 C of Milk of your choice.  Slowly heat on medium heat or in a microwave.  Serve as desired.  


The beauty of making this mix? It’s ready when you are. To enjoy a mug, simply take 1 C Milk of your choice (I use whole milk) & place into a small pan. To this, add 2 Tbl hot chocolate mix and a dash of vanilla if you like. Heat slowly over medium heat, pour, and enjoy!

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix in pottery mug with two handles on rattan coaster with dried flowers in the background

I love to grate my favorite chocolate on top. After all, you can never have to much chocolate in my humble opinion.


This may be one of the easiest homemade edible gifts you can give. Make it festive, add to a gift box, or give individually. Most anyone will appreciate a little chocolate in their day 😉

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix shown in mason jar with festive green and white polka dot material on top tied with twine and a gift tag

I’ve created these cute gift tags (my bad that I didn’t have them done for the photo above) as my gift to you. I hope you find them as fun to use as they were to create! NOTE: The pdf tags will not show the hole & string 😉

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix image of creative gift tags stating warm wishes hot chocolate mix in black and white lettering

Be sure to grab yours, simply click the button below and print the FREE PDF! It’s easy to do, & is my gift to you, no email required!

Download by clicking on the button below, the downloaded file will typically show up in your download file folder. Print onto card stock, cut out, punch a hole, add a string (I like to use butcher twine) & enjoy!

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If you are like many, when they give homemade gifts they need to make a lot. And I mean A LOT at once. As this recipe is so easy and quick to make, it makes the perfect choice of gifting when you are making, well, a lot of gifts 🙂

This recipe is easy to increase to your desired amounts and can be made in bulk. The stated recipe makes 1 pint. I feel the pint size is perfect for sharing, but you be the judge. Simply convert the amounts needed to the number of recipients when making this mix in bulk.


Need to make this homemade hot chocolate for a crowd? Making a hot chocolate crock pot version is a fantastic way to put a special twist on the classic.

Personally there are many recipes out there for creating crock pot hot chocolate. But if you already have your mix made, why not use it?

When making in large quantities like a crock pot, add 8 Tbl of the pre-made homemade hot chocolate mix to one quart of milk of your choice. Stir well to combine thoroughly. The mix will disolve as the milk is heated a bit more easily than when cold, so stir frequently.

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Looking to make an even more decadent hot chocolate? Add your favorite chocolate and allow to melt. Add heavy cream to make it even richer (I would start with 1/2 cup per quart), and don’t forget to add the vanilla (approximately 2 tsp per quart).

There really is no right or wrong. The options are endless. Love to hear all about how you make your own homemade hot chocolate mix, or better yet, how you enjoy mine 😉

What’s your favorite way to enjoy this sweet treat?

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Cindy December 14, 2020 - 3:05 am

This recipe looks perfect, with the swapping out for me of non dairy powdered milk and coconut sugar. I love hot cocoa in the winter time.

Danielle Ardizzone December 13, 2020 - 10:43 pm

Sounds so simple (and thank you, I never thought of putting Kahlua in hot chocolate)!

Irene December 11, 2020 - 2:30 pm

Great recipe, so comforting!

Beverly December 10, 2020 - 2:56 am

What a great hot chocolate recipe. I could use a cup right now. Congratulations, You are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.

Kendra December 9, 2020 - 11:12 pm

This looks delicious and decadent! I love your enhancement suggestions too! Yum!

Marianne G December 9, 2020 - 11:03 pm

Looks like a great recipe! I love the list of additions to customize the recipe!

Maya December 9, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Perfect timing. Going to try your recipe this holiday season. Thank you, for sharing.

Jennifer Dynys December 9, 2020 - 1:21 pm

Sounds yummy! I love giving Hot Choc as gifts! I also enjoyed your homemade marshmallow recipe! I made those years ago when I was a young mama, I felt so proud of myself! They were delicious! Thanks for bringing back that memory!

Suz December 9, 2020 - 7:38 am

Your suggestions are great – I added this as an extra in my holiday gift packages – thank you!!

Chelsea December 9, 2020 - 5:31 am

Wow. Love this! It’s so easy and I appreciate the ideas for a vegan replacement as I’ve had a hard time finding a vegan friendly hot chocolate mix. I hadn’t thought of making it myself! This is great. I rated the recipe too 🙂

Suzan Ferreira December 9, 2020 - 10:20 am

Thank you, Chelsea! Enjoy!!

Sarah B. December 9, 2020 - 2:09 am

My children have decided they’re hot cocoa connoisseurs – we’ll have to try some of these out.

Mark December 9, 2020 - 1:37 am

You had me at chocolate. I love the variety of recipes in this post. And the pictures entice me to want to drink a cup right now. Thank you for sharing!!

Robyn Jones December 9, 2020 - 12:27 am

Thanks for sharing! I really enjoy having hot chocolate at Christmastime, and appreciate having a homemade version, especially one that I can give as a gift! I am looking forward to trying this.

Barbara December 8, 2020 - 9:44 pm

I make a version of this in mason jars layered to be pretty for gifts too!

Natasha December 8, 2020 - 9:28 pm

This looks great! I sometimes add arrowroot instead of cornstarch for a thick gluten free option! But I never used milk powder and will try that next time!

Sandi Barrett December 8, 2020 - 8:30 pm

I love the idea of making up pretty packets to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Manderino December 8, 2020 - 4:24 pm

I love making homemade hot chocolate. It is so good!

Kimberly December 8, 2020 - 3:40 pm

Looks so yummy. I will need to try this. Thank you for the great article.

April Key C. Rode December 8, 2020 - 3:03 pm

I learned how to make a cacao a Filipino way. We don’t do it in a powder form they form is a circle. It’s really a good flavor when you have it fresh. I tried it fresh after they grind it. So delicious! Now, you made me want one. Thanks for this post.

Suzan Ferreira December 8, 2020 - 4:40 pm

If only I could get fresh! Thank you for sharing!

Plackie December 8, 2020 - 2:15 pm

Great recipe, I love hot chocolate but I find the store bought or coffee shops too sweet. I will definitely be saving this.

Lauren Johnson December 8, 2020 - 1:59 pm

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I have yet to make a good homemade hot cocoa, can’t wait to try your recipe.

Sophia December 8, 2020 - 1:44 pm

I love this idea for the holidays. A healthy, simple and whole food drink that will keep us warm !

Keirsten December 8, 2020 - 1:01 am

I just found a powdered oat milk so now I can try this awesome recipe. It’s been forever since I’ve had homemade hot chocolate!

Tricia Snow December 7, 2020 - 11:40 pm

Interesting recipes! I have to say I was a two packet in hot half and half kind of kid. I could not take the water version. I would love to try homemade!

Lisa December 7, 2020 - 9:26 pm

These recipes sound delicious! I love a good cup of hot chocolate!! Thank you for sharing.

Debbie December 7, 2020 - 8:02 pm

I drink hot chocolate all year long (instead of coffee), so this is a perfect recipe to keep made up!

Claire Justine December 7, 2020 - 6:16 pm

This looks amazing, I could just drink it now 🙂

Sydney Delong-Eat Simply Sweet December 7, 2020 - 5:17 pm

Yum, looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it!

Tiffany Smith December 7, 2020 - 4:41 pm

I had no idea it was that easy! Can’t wait to add it holiday gifts this year!

Bonnie December 7, 2020 - 3:23 pm

My 10 year old loves to have hot chocolate the moment she steps in the door after school. These recipes look so yummy that we might try this instead of our usual store bought powdered hot chocolate.

Suzan Ferreira December 7, 2020 - 3:48 pm

I hope you can, Bonnie! Be sure to drop a rating and let me know how you enjoy it!

Holly December 7, 2020 - 2:48 pm

Great recipe and I love the idea to package it up for gifts.. the printable tags are perfect! Thank you!

Alyssa December 7, 2020 - 2:06 pm

Yummy! This sounds and looks delicious! Who doesn’t love a nice cup of hot chocolate! Love the addition of Kahlúa!

Lisa notes December 7, 2020 - 1:24 pm

I’m sure your hot chocolate is much better than the package my husband opened this weekend! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe and all the good options to go with it.

Sabrina DeWalt December 7, 2020 - 4:47 pm

I love this. I wonder if using less of the powdered sugar will give the same result without being overly sweet.

Suzan Ferreira December 8, 2020 - 11:30 am

I’ve not tested that. I just use granulated as I can better adjust the sweetness level. Let me know if you give that theory a try! Thank you for stopping by, Sabrina!

Sarah December 2, 2020 - 2:31 pm

I go through so much hot chocolate during the winter that I really should make it myself instead of buying the mix from stores. This recipe looks pretty easy to make and I like how you can mix up the flavors by adding things to it. I will have to give this a try. I’m sure it tastes better than the store-bought stuff.


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