This homemade hot cocoa mix will have you ditching the store-bought kind. This easy-to-make instant hot chocolate mixes in minutes. Enjoy a warm mug filled with this creamy-rich in chocolate flavor all fall and winter season.
There is something about a cup of hot chocolate that just says fall time to me. Maybe it's the cooler weather that fall and winter bring and the warmth of the hot chocolate.
The last few years I have set up a hot chocolate bar for the kids which they really have enjoyed. Over at our sister site A Decorative home you can see how we set up last year's hot chocolate bar.
This year I thought I would step up my game by using our own homemade hot cocoa mix recipe in our beverage bar. So let's leave that store-bought mix, well at the grocery store. This homemade mix doesn't take long to mix up and makes for a creamy-rich in chocolate flavor drink.
This mix stores in an airtight container for up to 6 months, well maybe if it lasts that long. I have already made some multiple times this year.
Ingredients Needed For Hot Cocoa Mix
The ingredients that are needed are quite simple. Powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant dry milk, and instant French vanilla coffee creamer.
These ingredients mixed together make for the best cup of hot cocoa ever. The dry milk and the coffee creamer give this mix the creamy components. The powdered sugar brings in a touch of sweetness to the mix. While the unsweetened cocoa brings in the rich chocolate flavor.
To make it a richer chocolate flavor you could use a darker cocoa powder. One of my favorite dark cocoa powders is Hershey's Special Dark.
In a large bowl add all the ingredients. Then using a whisk mix everything together until well blended. Once everything is mixed together store in an airtight container.
Answering Questions About This Mix
Unfortunately, this amazing mix does expire. Like most foods in the pantry, this homemade hot cocoa mix can also go bad. It will last in an airtight container for up to six months.
I have read that most instant mixes will last up to a year. Honestly, we have yet to keep it that long in our home. What can I say we love our hot chocolate.
Yes, because we use powdered milk as well as the coffee creamer in this mix.
This makes about 20 servings give or take. I recommend filling a mug up with 8 ounces of hot water or warm milk with 2-3 tablespoons of this delicious mix.
The topping that can be added to hot chocolate is endless I feel. I just set up a simple hot beverage bar for this fall and winter season. Since I was keeping it simple I only added one thing of sprinkles, a pumpkin spice, dried mini marshmallows and whipped topping that's in the refrigerator.
You see how I set the hot beverage bar up this year over on A Decorative Home's Youtube Channel.
In the years past, we had a variety of sprinkles as well as chocolate and caramel syrups to add.
Peppermint sticks would make for a good stirrer. Crushed peppermint, mini chocolate chips, crushed whoppers, or toffee bits are a few sweet toppings that could be added. Replace the whipped topping with mini marshmallows.
My ideal cup would be to mix this hot cocoa mix in a warm mug of milk. Then top it with whipped topping, drizzle a bit of caramel, and add a slight sprinkle of sprinkles to the top.
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Hot Cocoa Mix
Homemade hot cocoa mix that makes up creamy and rich in chocolate flavor.
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1½ Cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3 Cups Dry Milk instant
- ½ Cup Coffee Creamer~instant I used French Vanilla
In a large bowl whisk together all the ingredients until well combined.
Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of the mix with either 8 ounces of water or milk. Enjoy
The calories are only for the mix itself. The calories will vary depending on what is used to mix the hot cocoa mix in water or milk. It will also vary depending on how many ounces are used of the liquid as well as how many tablespoons of the mix is added.