Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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This Hot Cocoa Mix makes a smooth, creamy, chocolatey mug of the best cocoa ever! It’s a great gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, and coworkers.

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!

Hot cocoa mix in a big bowl with a scoop in the mix

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 (¼ 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.

Two jars filled with hot chocolate mix with gift tags attached

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.

In addition to marshmallows, 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!

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:

How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

Two jars filled with hot chocolate mix with gift tags attached

Hot Cocoa Mix

5 from 4 votes
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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 34 servings



  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 141IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. I LOVE giving edible gifts at Christmas! these are such a great idea and the hot chocolate looks so smooth and creamy!

  2. I made this last night, and doubled the chocolate, and did 2 cups of powdered sugar to make it a little sweeter. I found that it needed 5 scoops of the mix for 6-8oz of water to get it to taste more like a rich hot chocolate. It’s not too sweet though. Perfect for adding your own chocolates to!