HOT COCOA MIX

Rich, decadent hot cocoa is one of life’s simple pleasures! And it’s even better when you make it yourself, with just three simple ingredients.

My kids love hot cocoa! I drink my coffee in the morning; they drink their hot cocoa, everyone’s happy! One thing I struggled with for years, though, was finding a packaged hot cocoa mix that wasn’t loaded with “extra” ingredients – ingredients that I couldn’t even pronounce! When I would come across hot cocoa packets that I felt comfortable giving to my kids, I often found them expensive. Finally, tired of the frustration, I decided to make it myself. So through researching recipes and trial-and-error, voil√†! HOMEMADE HOT COCOA MIX! It really isn’t rocket science. It’s incredibly easy to make, and I love that there are no mystery ingredients!

I like to make a batch and store it in a sealable jar. That way, the kids can make their hot cocoa in the morning without having to wait for mom to caffeinate up!

For this Recipe:

This recipe has three ingredients:

  • confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • powdered cocoa
  • salt. The salt brings out the chocolate flavor, so don’t omit it!

When making hot cocoa mix, it is important to sift all your ingredients together. Sifting helps to combine everything evenly and remove any lumps. 

Store in an airtight container; it will stay fresh for up to 6 months. But if your kids are anything like mine, it won’t last that long!

To Serve:

  • Stove Top: Mix 1 cup of milk with 2-3 tablespoons (depending on how sweet you like it) of hot cocoa mix in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Bring just to a simmer – but do not boil. Stir constantly, so the milk does not scald. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.
  • Microwave: Mix 1 cup of milk with 2-3 tablespoons (depending on how sweet you like it) of hot cocoa mix. Heat in the microwave until hot and steaming. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.

**PRO-TIP (from my kids): Add a splash of French Vanilla creamer to the hot cocoa for a truly decadent experience!

Hot Cocoa Mix

Rich, decadent hot cocoa is one of life's simple pleasures! And it's even better when you make it yourself, with just three simple ingredients.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 20 servings (roughly)

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa, regular or dark
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Sift the confectioners' sugar into a large bowl to remove any clumps. Sift the cocoa powder into the same bowl.
  • Add the salt and mix.
  • Sift the mixture one last time.
  • Store in an airtight container.

To Make a Cup of Hot Cocoa: (Single serving)

  • Stove Top: Mix 1 cup of milk with, depending on how rich and sweet you like it, 2-3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer – but do not boil. Stir so the milk does not scald. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.
  • Microwave: Mix 1 cup of milk with, depending on your sweet preference, 2-3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix. Heat in the microwave until hot and steaming. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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