Best Ever Hot Cocoa Mix – DIY Recipe

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This homemade dry hot cocoa mix is the perfect way to keep some provision of comfort handy so that you can whip yourself a mug of delicious hot cocoa drink any time. No need to bring out a bunch of ingredients, just one bottle of this dry homemade hot cocoa mix recipe and a saucepan, and you are all set.

This hot chocolate recipe with powdered milk makes an amazing edible gift during the holiday season. And, who doesn’t love to have a ready-to-use pre-mix hot chocolate drink sitting in the pantry? I know that I do. So, I love gifting this to all my friends and family every year.

This year I took my game of mixing homemade hot chocolate mix up by a few notches by bringing about variations in flavours. In this post, I will tell you how you can mix a giant batch of this best hot cocoa mix recipe and then add different flavours to it, to make flavoured hot cocoa.

homemade hot chocolate recipe

I call this as the best hot chocolate mix recipe because it’s pretty much already sitting in your pantry, just in different bottles and jars. What is in this hot cocoa mix? The ingredients to make this hot cocoa mix is just about as basic as it can go. So, here’s what we need to put this together.

How to make homemade Hot Cocoa Mix – Ingredients list

  • Powdered Milk
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Corn Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt

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Just 5 ingredients, and there you have it. This homemade hot chocolate mix is just so good to have on hand. It is an instant mood uplifter. When the evenings are too cold, a cup of this delicious hot cocoa is perfect to help you cosy up.

My homemade hot cocoa mix recipe is also perfect for Christmas Holiday Gifting. Well, it is perfect for gifting throughout the winter. ‘Coz I am pretty sure you all will be running out of this in no time!

The best thing about this homemade hot chocolate mix is that you are in total control of what goes in. You can reduce the amount of sugar if you want to, or maybe add a bit more cocoa powder for that dark and rich hot chocolate drink. Sounds good right?

In case you are wondering why there is Corn Flour in this recipe, then it is the thickening agent here. Cocoa Powder doesn’t thicken the drink on boiling as Chocolate does, hence Corn Flour comes into play.

You can also tweak the flavours by adding some more ingredients to this basic hot cocoa mix recipe. To start with, here are some quick ideas to play around with the flavours.

  • Vanilla Sugar to add a hint of vanilla
  • Caramel toffee pieces to add some warmth of caramel
  • Spearmint candy pieces to make some minty flavoured hot cocoa
  • Instant Coffee powder for a mocha flavoured hot cocoa
  • Dark Chocolate chips for extra chocolatey flavours
  • Smoked Paprika for Mexican hot chocolate
  • Hazelnut powder
  • Reese for Peanut Butter hot chocolate

How to make hot chocolate with the cocoa mixture?

With this homemade hot cocoa mix on hand, making hot chocolate is probably the easiest thing to do. All you need to do is bring a cup of water to boil, add 3 tbsp of this hot cocoa mix it and whisk. After a couple of minutes, you can see that it has thickened a bit. Turn off the heat and pour it into your mug. Top it with some marshmallows and you are all set to pamper yourself.

In case you are planning on some Holiday Baking, I have a couple of easy holiday baking recipes up here.

Have you tried this recipe? I would love to hear about it.
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Best Ever Hot Cocoa Mix – DIY Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This homemade dry hot cocoa mix is the perfect way to keep some provision of comfort handy so that you can whip yourself a mug of delicious hot cocoa drink any time.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Recipes, Christmas Recipes, Holiday Baking, Powdered Milk Recipes, Winter Drinks
Servings: 3 Jars
Author: Priyanka
  • cups Milk Powder
  • 1 cup Sugar Grind it into fine powder
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Cornflour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  1. Mix all the ingrdients together and whisk till they combine completely

  2. Now, take the air-tight glass jars and fill them up with the mix. Leave some space on the top to add the flavouring ingredients as mentioned in the blogpost.

  3. Close the lids of the jars and store in a cool and dry place.

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Indian Food Blogger Priyanka Bhattacharya

Hi! I’m Priyanka!

A passionate home cook and food lover who loves nothing more than sharing my favourite recipes with the world.


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