This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe features simple ingredients and delicious chocolatey flavor. It is the perfect homemade hot cocoa and a great gift!
This Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is my Nana’s recipe that she makes and gives out to family and friends each year. It’s a great inexpensive gift for neighbors, teachers, etc. It’s easy, too!
This homemade hot chocolate recipe is rich in chocolate flavor and perfect with whole milk or just water. I love to serve mine with a drop of peppermint extract and lots of marshmallows in a festive Christmas mug. You could even add a little vanilla extract for added sweetness. But, none of those additions are necessary. This recipe makes an amazing hot cocoa mix with just the perfect rich milk chocolate taste.
How do I make homemade hot chocolate?
There are so many ways to make homemade hot chocolate. My recipe is a quick dump-and-go mixture featuring chocolate beverage mix, dairy-free coffee creamer, nonfat dry or powdered milk, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. It’s that simple. I recommend serving 1/2 cup of the mix with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water.
If you plan on gifting the mixture to friends and family, I recommend dividing it up into sealable, food-safe jars or containers. I’ve even included printable gift tags in color and black and white that you can print out, punch a hole in, and attach to your gifts.
You could also whisk up a big batch of this hot chocolate on your stovetop in a medium saucepan or in a crockpot on medium-low heat if you have guests coming over. I love the idea of setting up a hot chocolate serving station or bar with lots of toppings, like marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed peppermint, any type of chocolate syrup, cinnamon, or caramel sauce. How fun!
Are hot cocoa mix and chocolate milk mix the same?
Hot cocoa mix and chocolate milk mix are very similar. They both usually feature similar ingredients, like cocoa powder and sugar. Where these two are different is in how they are served. Hot cocoa mix is usually served by mixing in hot water or hot milk. It is common to have toppings like whipped cream or marshmallows on the top of hot cocoa. Chocolate milk mix on the other hand is typically mixed in cold milk, and it doesn’t usually have toppings. So, they are generally the same in ingredients but are served very differently. Either way, they are both delicious!
Because this mix includes powdered milk, it works perfectly to mix it into hot water, but for a super rich cup of hot chocolate, you could mix it into hot milk, too.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- 1 (20.1-ounce) container Nesquik chocolate beverage mix (about 5.5 cups)
- 1 (16-ounce) container powdered non-dairy coffee creamer (about 3.5 cups)
- 1 (32-ounce) container instant nonfat dry milk (about 7.5 cups)
- 1 (16-ounce) bag powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- freeze dried marshmallows (optional)
- In a very large bowl, combine ingredients well. Divide into individual sealable, food-safe containers. Top with a scoop of freeze dried marshmallows, if desired.
- To serve, combine 1/2 cup mix with 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir well.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
From the original post on December 12, 2012…
I have to let you in on a little secret… but don’t tell. My grandmother, Nana, has never been on a commercial flight. Now, I can hear the collective gasp from some of you, but it’s the truth. She’s never had a reason to. But she’s always wanted that experience. I remember as a little boy laying on her couch with my head in her lap, she would tell me, “One day when you’re rich, you can take Nana on an airplane.”
Well, a quick check of my bank account revealed that the check from Publisher’s Clearinghouse still hasn’t been deposited, so trust me, I’m far from rich. But I’ve been scrounging and saving all year long and this year, she’s going on her plane trip. We head out first thing Sunday morning.
The fun part is where we’re going. You see, her favorite thing to do this time of year is to ride and look at Christmas lights. So, I’m taking her to see some lights – about 30,000 of them to start. Yep, I’m taking her to see the lights at Rockefeller Center, namely that big ol’ Christmas tree. So, y’all excuse me for a few days while I’m gone. It’s going to be a whirlwind tour of the city, but I’ll try to post a few pictures.