Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

When I was a young girl I remember making homemade hot cocoa mix and placing it in mugs to give my friends as a Christmas gift.  The recipe I made was similar to this recipe but I think this recipe is even better.  I think the instant chocolate pudding mix is the secret!

Mix this up to keep on hand for a quick cup of hot cocoa.  You could also surprise a friend with a simple post holiday gift.  It seems like after the holidays the winter blues can set in and  a simple gift like this could be the sunshine someone needs.  You can always hang on to this to use for gifts next Christmas too.

This recipe calls for non-dairy powdered coffee creamer.  They have different flavors available, so you could always change up the flavor of the mix by using a flavored creamer.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1 (4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding
  1. Place all the ingredient together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together until well combined.
  3. Store in a airtight container.
  4. To prepare a cup of hot cocoa: add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of mix (I like 1/3 cup) to 8 oz of hot water. Stir until blended. (If using 1/3 cup per serving, you should be able to get 22 servings from this recipe.)

Recipe adapted from Mom Advice.

7 comments on “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

  • I have a recipe similar to this that uses chocolate milk mix. Thanks for a new take on an old recipe.

  • This is my very favorite hot chocolate recipe. I always have this on hand. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • i filled a one pound hot coco can to the brim and i to “pack” it in

  • i love this recipe best. i’m not fond of the recipe that uses powder sugar as it makes it taste “fake” and too sweet.only thing i did different is i used hazelnut flavored coffee creamer (gives it more perk) and put in 1/8 of a cup of cinnamon (use less if you don’t like a strong cinnamon taste).

  • This is a great winter recipe to have on hand. It would make a nice thoughtful gift. I “pinned” it 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this, Laura! About how many servings does this make? It looks very good to share.

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