The Absolute Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

You’ll never buy store-bought hot cocoa again after trying this homemade hot chocolate mix! It’s great rich flavor makes it a great pantry staple and it’s simplicity makes it the best gift too!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

jar of hot chocolate mix with christmas mugs and plate of treats

Nothing makes me a hero in my house quite like bringing out my homemade hot chocolate mix! It makes any day feel like a special occasion and my kids go absolutely crazy for it. 

I don’t blame them. You’ll find lots of recipes out there for hot chocolate but I’m telling you, this one is the best! Sweet, simple and delicious! 

You can keep it basic and enjoy this hot cocoa on its own. Or you can dress it up with your favorite flavors. Cinnamon, peppermint candies, hazelnut coffee creamer, and caramels are a few of my family’s favorite add-ons!

And if you are looking for a seriously yummy treat, you can even use this recipe for hot chocolate mix to make the best hot chocolate cookies

You’ll definitely want to keep some of this hot cocoa mix around!

Recipe for Hot Chocolate Mix 

close up shot of glass jar with homemade hot chocolate mix

Serves: 10-12

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 

ingredients for homemade hot chocolate mix
  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

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How to Make this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

  • The first thing you’ll need to do for this recipe is to grab a large mixing bowl, your favorite sifter, and a whisk. 
  • Once your bowl is ready, sift your powdered sugar right into it.
  • Sift in the instant dry milk and the cocoa powder right on top of the powdered sugar and whisk them to combine.
  • Add the granulated sugar and whisk again until everything looks even and well mixed. 
  • That’s it! Can you believe how easy that is? All there’s left to do is move your hot chocolate into some food storage jars to keep it fresh for when you need it. 
  • When you are ready to make a cup of hot chocolate, add ⅓ of the mix to a heat-safe mug and stir in 1 cup of warm milk. 
process shot of homemade hot chocolate mix

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • This recipe for hot chocolate mix makes the perfect gift! Wrap it or jar it however you like and make sure to add instructions on making the best cup of hot cocoa. You’re going to want to make a double batch of this if you’re planning to use it as a gift because once you try it you won’t be able to resist keeping some in your pantry. 
  • If you are lactose-free, you can substitute the instant dry milk for your favorite substitute. They make some great lactose-free milk powders that work great in this recipe. Mix with warmed almond milk and you’ve got yourself a great cup of hot chocolate!

Do you need to sift your ingredients for hot chocolate mix? 

Trust me, you do not want to skip the sifting! 

You’ll be using this mix for small portions of hot chocolate, and if there are any lumps of cocoa, powdered sugar, or any of the other ingredients it can lead to a pretty unbalanced cup of hot cocoa!

It’s worth a few extra minutes to make sure all the ingredients are evenly mixed together. 

Storage

Storing your hot chocolate mix is so important because if you do it right it can last for up to 6 months! If you can resist drinking it all before then, that is!

The best way to store hot chocolate mix is in a sealed container. This might be your excuse to invest in a set of glass food storage jars because they stay completely airtight and keep your mix so fresh!

4 Christmas mugs with jar of homemade hot chocolate mix and sweets

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Yield: 10-12

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

close up shot of glass jar with homemade hot chocolate mix

You’ll never buy store-bought hot cocoa again after trying this homemade hot chocolate mix! It’s great rich flavor makes it a great pantry staple and it’s simplicity makes it the best gift too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do for this recipe is to grab a large mixing bowl, your favorite sifter, and a whisk. 
  2. Once your bowl is ready, sift your powdered sugar right into it.
  3. Sift in the instant dry milk and the cocoa powder right on top of the powdered sugar and whisk them to combine.
  4. Add the granulated sugar and whisk again until everything looks even and well mixed. 
  5. That’s it! Can you believe how easy that is? All there’s left to do is move your hot chocolate into some food storage jars to keep it fresh for when you need it. 
  6. When you are ready to make a cup of hot chocolate, add ⅓ of the mix to a heat-safe mug and stir in 1 cup of warm milk.

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