This Hot Cocoa Mix makes a smooth, creamy, chocolaty mug of the best cocoa ever! It’s a great gift for the holidays for friends, neighbors, teachers, and coworkers.
You can never go wrong serving hot cocoa with Christmas cookies like these gingerbread cookies or dipped Ritz cookies. You can also try this cocoa recipe around the holidays with some of our favorite Christmas Treats like our tasty Christmas Crunch!
Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
Making your own Hot Cocoa Mix is really easy and makes such a fun gift. My mom used to make a huge batch of this mix when we were little kids, before commercial cocoa mixes became available. But this recipe is much cheaper to make and I think it tastes much better! I like to keep this cocoa mix on hand all winter long so I can make a delicious mug of hot chocolate to warm up on cold days. This is my kids’ favorite after school treat on cold chilly days when they come in from school. There’s nothing more comforting than a plate of goodies and a steaming mug of cocoa. Try this recipe and enjoy creamy hot cocoa all winter long!
Single Serving Instructions
After making your bulk cocoa mix it’s easy to whip up a single serving of hot cocoa. Simply add 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix (1/4 cup) to 8 ounces of hot water and stir until cocoa is dissolved. For a richer hot chocolate, stir the mix into hot milk. If using a spoon to mix your hot chocolate isn’t quite cutting it, you can get fancy with your preparation by using a frother or even a hot cocoa maker to mix your hot cocoa.
Hot Cocoa in a Jar Gift
For gift giving, this recipe makes four pint-size jars or two quart-size jars of cocoa mix. Each pint size jar contains eight servings of mix (quart-size =16 servings). There are multiple ways to gift this mix. I usually have extra jars around, so I often use them to give this mix as a gift. There are lots of fun ways to decorate the jars from fancy to simple. I usually take the simple route with just a bow and the gift tag tied on. I’ve also put the cocoa mix in a decorative bag and placed it in a mug with some candy canes or cocoa stirrers. My daughter made the cute gift tags to go with the mix that I am giving out this year. Print them out on card stock and tie it on the jar with ribbon or twine. Click here to download the free printable tags.
Hot Cocoa Mix With Marshmallows
We love marshmallows in our hot chocolate and will often add a big handful of marshmallows when the cocoa is hot and ready to serve. However, if you are wanting to add marshmallows to the actual hot cocoa mix, we recommend getting mini dehydrated marshmallow bits. These are the same kind of teeny tiny marshmallows that can be found in the store-bought mixes. Because they are dehydrated, they won’t go stale like regular marshmallows and they can easily be added to the mix for long-term storage or for gifts. You can get a full one-pound bag HERE.
How Long Does Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Last?
After preparing your cocoa mix, it can last for up to 2-3 months in an air-tight container in your pantry. For maximum freshness, try freezing your cocoa mix in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. No matter how you store it, make sure that it is in a cool, DRY place. Humidity and/or moisture can make it clumpy and shorten the shelf-life.
More Delectable Hot Chocolate Recipes
If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of that hot, creamy goodness during the cold months, try some of these scrumptious hot cocoa recipes:
- Unicorn Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Candy Bar Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Mayan Hot Chocolate
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended.
- Store mix in a sealed container.
- To serve, mix 3 heaping spoonfuls into 6 to 8 oz of hot water.