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How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix


Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate Mix

This homemade hot chocolate mix has been a winter staple in our house for years. It only takes minutes to make a batch that will last my family all winter with enough to share with friends or give as gifts.

My daughter and I just made up a batch of this delicious hot chocolate mix this weekend, and it turned out so yummy I thought I would share it with you here.

Our plan is to put it into some containers to hand out to teachers and friends before Christmas. When we have done this in the past it has always been a big hit. This mix tastes so much richer and has much more flavor than the powdered mixes you can buy at the store.

Give this homemade hot chocolate mix a try! I am sure you will agree!

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Keep Your Hot Chocolate Hot - With this Mug Warmer

Looking for a way to keep your favorite beverage hot? This warmer will keep your cocoa, coffee or tea the perfect temperature while you get your work done. Your drink will still be hot and waiting for you whenever you are ready!

Little girl enjoying her homemade hot chocolate

Little girl enjoying her homemade hot chocolate

This recipe allows for some degree of flexibility, so do not worry if you cannot find the exact sizes specified in the recipe. If you come within a few ounces it will be good enough.

Serving Size

Serves: many


  • 22 ounce container of chocolate drink mix such as Nesquik
  • 12 ounce chocolate malt mix such as Ovaltine
  • 16 ounce coffee creamer such as Coffee Mate
  • 12 1/2 ounces instant powdered milk such as Carnation Instant Milk
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Empty all ingredients into a large container, such as a stockpot. Stir to mix. Blend all of the powders together thoroughly. Store in airtight containers.
  2. To make hot chocolate: Put 3 heaping tablespoons of mix to a large coffee mug and add hot water. Stir to dissolve the mix.
  3. Suggestions: Garnish with marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, chocolate chunks or cinnamon sticks.
  4. To make an adult beverage: Add a shot of Kahlua to the prepared hot chocolate, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
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The Best Peppermint Sticks for Hot Chocolate

I remember receiving a tin of these yummy peppermint sticks for Christmas when I was about 13 years old, almost 40 years ago. These peppermint sticks are that good! Perfect for serving with your hot chocolate!

Super Cute Hot Chocolate Mug

When it is time to serve hot chocolate, what could be more fun than serving it in this adorable snowman mug?

Make a Cute Hot Chocolate Bar for Your Kitchen - Or to Give as a Special Gift

Karissa, from The Green Apple Home, gives instructions for making a hot cocoa bar for the kitchen counter. It looks very nice, is a great way to organize your hot chocolate, and would make a lovely gift basket!

If You Don't Want to Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Mix - Try This Ghirardelli Cocoa Mix

How to Use This Mix to Make Hot Chocolate for a Crowd

If you need to make hot chocolate for a large crowd, this mix is the perfect solution. Just keep in mind that you use 2 tablespoons of mix per cup of hot water. There are 16 tablespoons in a cup. So, your ratio is going to be 1 cup of mix to 8 cups or one half gallon of hot water.

If making hot chocolate in a large coffee urn, I advise getting the water hot before adding the hot chocolate mix. Be sure to save room for the mix! You may find it easier to heat the water in a large pot, add the mix, then pour the hot chocolate into the urn for serving.

Love is Like Hot Chocolate - Decorative Wall Plaque

Cute hanging in the kitchen or breakfast nook. Perfect gift for someone you love, along with a batch of this delicious hot chocolate mix!

Decorative wood plaque says, "Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time!"

Not the hot chocolate mix you are looking for? - Here are some others to try!

What is your favorite hot beverage? Do you like this hot chocolate mix?

james25882 on June 25, 2014:

Not a huge chocolate lover but sounds like it might be nice... thanks for the tips

malenk lm on January 29, 2013:

Oh my god, ive been looking for something to keep my hot chocolate warm during these cold winter days...love the mug warmer plate.

Alrady on January 09, 2013:

YUM YUM YUM... I still love marshmallows best, but often have a peppermint stir stick for my hot chocolate. During Monsoon season in mid-summer we will still have hot chocolate and watch the lightening and thunder!

Lee from Derbyshire, UK on January 08, 2013:

Just a regular hot chocolate would do me just fine :) Thanks for the great lens

TanoCalvenoa on December 27, 2012:

Ghirardelli rules for all things chocolate.

anonymous on December 22, 2012:

It was been unseasonably warm for December where I live in central Alabama, but it is finally getting colder - cold enough to be hot chocolate weather! I look forward to trying your recipe.

rudhushudu on December 21, 2012:

My son loves all kinds of chocolate Sometimes i have to stop him to eat it. I think this hot chocolate he will love.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on December 21, 2012:

Mom's hot chocolate has been a constant in all Christmas holidays family celebration ^_^ So glad we can buy chocolate tablea from a nearby neighborhood store ^_^ Merry Christmas!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 26, 2012:

@Virginia Allain: I featured this on my 101 Budget Gifts for Under $10. Thanks for making such a great page.

Ann from Yorkshire, England on October 04, 2012:

what a great idea for gifts - I am going to try this hot chocolate mix out.

gatornic15 on August 23, 2012:

This recipe sounds great! I can't wait til it gets cold to try it out. Blessed

anonymous on August 23, 2012:

Sounds like a really delicious hot choco concoction. I'd love to try it.

Katie Harp on June 05, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel! :)

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on May 29, 2012:

I feel ridiculous that I've never thought of making this before. What a great idea for better tasting hot chocolate AND saving some money too. I think I would only substitute Splenda for real sugar and I'll be set. :) Yay!

justDawn1 on May 02, 2012:

Very nice lens! :) Awesome job!

danielmccarthy lm on April 22, 2012:

Sounds delicious but the missus would hate it.. I never understood why she doesn't like sickly chocolate. I love chocolate on chocolate with extra chocolate.

Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on March 05, 2012:

Nothing like hot chocolate with a dash of whipped cream on top with chocolate bits! Great lens! Very delicious! B : )

writerkath on January 12, 2012:

I love Hot Chocolate! :) MMMMMMM! Kath

Iceprincess09 LM on January 06, 2012:

I thought I was the only one who put a little Coffee Mate in my hot chocolate :)

lilymom24 on January 06, 2012:

Mmmmmm just had some hot chocolate this morning.

My husband has a recipe that only calls for two ingredients milk chocolate bars and half and half. Its very rich and probably not good for you at all.....but its good! =)

Lorna from USA on January 06, 2012:

My daughter love hot chocolates. Thanks for sharing.

JoshK47 on January 06, 2012:

Sounds pretty tasty to me - I love hot chocolate. I could go for some right now, in fact...

anonymous on January 01, 2012:

...and adding some angel dust to your mix,,,

anonymous on January 01, 2012:

I love the picture of your smiling 'model', Its that time of year when we like to turn to a nice hot satisfying cup of hot chocolate...and now we have a fresh new recipe that will serve many! I even have a cinnamon stick to stir with and add that little extra flavor boost.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on January 01, 2012:

I will use this recipe next time I need to make a batch of hot chocolate mix. It sounds perfect! Great lens - for a lot of reasons. :)

misterjake on January 01, 2012:

Hot chocolate in the wintertime is a good way to keep warm. Good job. If you don't mind please check out my lens. Thanks.

GenesisLabs on December 31, 2011:

This lens covers an excellent topic and you executed it beautifully. Better go and get some hot chocolate right now.

newbornwiki on December 31, 2011:

Oh, I love hot chocolate so much...

Rhidawn on December 30, 2011:

I love hot chocolate! Add a pinch of pepper, whip cream, and a cany cane and its to die for!

lftypjk900 on December 30, 2011:

love your homemade hot cocoa recipe. I will be making a batch this weekend. Great Idea!

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on December 30, 2011:

Nice lens,I love hot chocolate. I think I will give this mix a try .Glad I found your lens.Have a blessed New Year.

anonymous on December 29, 2011:

I just use soy/almond milk , cinnamon, and cocoa powder, and heat it on the stove. Makes a delicious and simple hot chocolate that I enjoy.

purpleclouds on December 29, 2011:

mmmm..hot chocolate.. great lens, thanks for sharing :)

pheonix76 from WNY on December 28, 2011:

Nothing like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day!

PamelaDW on December 28, 2011:

Wow, that's a lot of sugar!

lindseythomas lm on December 27, 2011:

This is really perfect for the holiday season.

lindseythomas lm on December 27, 2011:

This is really perfect for the holiday season!

totorotube on December 27, 2011:

nice idea. i also love hot chocolate. i'll try this.

Kindle-Fire-Cases on December 27, 2011:

I could've used this recipe on Christmas morning. Wish I found this lens sooner.

Wendy Leanne from Texas on December 27, 2011:

I'm going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. I think a homemade hot chocolate mix placed in decorative containers would make a great gift.

cleanyoucar on December 26, 2011:

I love chocolate as well, thanks for sharing this recipe.

ViJuvenate on December 26, 2011:

I'm always looking for new mix recipes to try. Thank you. A dollop of whipped cream, some pretty sprinkles, and we are good to go. :o)

jazmoyano on December 26, 2011:

I was craving for a hot chocolate after i finished reading ur lens. Gudjob. =)

fugeecat lm on December 25, 2011:

The recipe sounds great and easy to make. And it's a great gift idea.

privresearch on December 25, 2011:

Love love loooove hot chocolate :)

David Bynon from Prescott, Arizona on December 24, 2011:

My boys will love this!

masaad on December 23, 2011:

Looks Yummy

GabStar on December 23, 2011:

great idea - yum

miaponzo on December 23, 2011:

YUMMY!!!! Sounds divine! Blessed!

Matthew from Silicon Valley on December 22, 2011:

Never thought of making our own, thank you for the suggestion

Jennifer_Glennon on December 22, 2011:

I love hot chocolate! I am going to have to try this recipe!

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on December 22, 2011:

I love the gingerbread man mug! Perfect for your delicious hot chocolate mix!

MaartjeJepsen on December 22, 2011:

Here comes your 100th thumbs up! Lovely lens!

Goddesspower on December 22, 2011:

Mmmmmmmmm! Thank you

poutine on December 22, 2011:

love my hot chocolate

fullofshoes on December 22, 2011:

mmmm the real thing sounds great.

RezaonHaider2020 on December 22, 2011:

Nice ideas. I'll try now as I'm in lov with ChoCos

noel rocs on December 21, 2011:

I LOVE hot chocolate! I'm also down for anything with Nesquick in it ;) sounds great!

BradKamer on December 21, 2011:

I am usually a coffee drinker, but then there are those winter days after sledding or ice skating, when hot chocolate hits the spot. Thanks for sharing your instant hot chocolate recipes.

nursecraft on December 21, 2011:

I'd like to try this mix! It would make a nice little gift for those that touch our life in a small way!

Two Crafty Paws on December 21, 2011:

Drooling as I read. I'm such a chocoholic :) must try this one out.

unnykannan on December 21, 2011:

Great lens.. I love it and thanks for sharing such a great lens.

anonymous on December 20, 2011:

Nothing soothes one like a good cup of hot cocoa

- Rupertt Wind @ pagesofflife.blogspot.com

nophie lm on December 20, 2011:

love love love hot chocolate so much...... the taste makes me happy

nophie lm on December 20, 2011:

love love love hot chocolate so much...... the taste makes me happy

cyberwizzard on December 20, 2011:

Nothing like a good cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.

Shana rios Chavez on December 20, 2011:

great lens

Thrinsdream on December 20, 2011:

Note to self and warning to others. DON'T read this with a daughter who loves chocolate near by! My shopping list seems to be growing by the minute. Thank you for this lens it has me and my little girl planning a very girly night in! Marshmallows anyone? :)

Ahyat111 on December 20, 2011:

Love the recipe, will try it out. Cool Lens!

NTxWriter on December 20, 2011:

Yummmmm..I love hot cocoa and my granddaughters ask for some every time they come over.

LadyCharlie on December 20, 2011:

Sweet...I love hot chocolate. Thanks for all the ideas!

LasgalenArts on December 20, 2011:

I love hot cocoa too but use the Ghirardelli mix above.

vidiku on December 19, 2011:

Love hot chocolate! Thanks you for this lens!

Frugal Bride on December 19, 2011:

I love hot chocolate! I drink it year round, a few times a week. I'm going to be trying this recipe this week. I bet you should use the flavored coffee-mate creamers too. Swiss miss sells French vanilla hot chocolate mix. I prefer the regular chocolate flavor though.


KhairuZiya on December 19, 2011:

great lens..thanks for sharing

AliciaMae on December 19, 2011:

I love that cocoa mug!!

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on December 19, 2011:

Love this-I'm making this recipe before all my grandkids get here for New Years!! thanks

DieselJoe on December 19, 2011:

Before I drink one more cup of hot chocolate, I need to figure out how many pushups I need to do in order to burn off the calories...probably a bit more than 20 pushups :)

anonymous on December 19, 2011:

Oh my gosh I USED to make this years ago. I wonder why I stopped. I AM SO GLAD to have the receipe again. I used a peppermint stick as stirrere and love marshmallows or whipped cream on top! Will have to check out your special featured peppermint to see what's going with those. A friend told me to use peppermint shnapps (spelling sorry).

entertainmentev on December 19, 2011:

My favorite drink this time of year is hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

krakensquid on December 19, 2011:

Great lens, looks extremely tasty! Feel free to check out my lens about making your own Baileys Irish Cream, if you'd like :)

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 19, 2011:

Looking forward to trying out your hot chocolate recipe. Sounds great! During the winter, in addition to coffee, I enjoy hot chocolate and hot spiced tea (we grew up calling it "Russian Tea"). Thanks for sharing your special blend.

dogface lm on December 19, 2011:

@glowchick: Same here. :) I almost always eat dark chocolate with hot cocoa, mmm~

Heather B on December 19, 2011:

I adore hot chocolate with spicy pepper. There's nothing like sweet with spicy!

glowchick on December 19, 2011:

I love making home made Hot Cocoa~ great lens :)

harubel on December 18, 2011:

this is very cold here and i am trying to make hot chocolate mix recipe. good work, like the lens.

MamaRuth on December 18, 2011:

Nice lens! I love hot chocolate although I haven't made my own mix since my children were young. Now I just cheat and use the convenience of packaged mixes. However, I do usually "doctor" mine a little. Today I heated leftover coffee for the liquid, then stirred in my mix and topped it all off with whipped cream. Yum!

(Just an aside--I enjoyed seeing your featured product of King Leo peppermint sticks. My grandfather loved these and as kids we always gave him a can for Christmas.)

Gayle from McLaughlin on December 18, 2011:

Love your recipe for Hot Chocolate! I need to try this!

jadehorseshoe on December 18, 2011:

Would write more, but I need to make hot chocolate now.

lasertek lm on December 18, 2011:

I like hot chocolate.

elizabethknows lm on December 18, 2011:

sounds yummy.

Gigglish on December 18, 2011:

@jethrosas: Ovaltine and CoffeeMate are common products in the United States (in fact, Ovaltine has a long history here and many older people I know remember drinking it when they were kids). That's cool to learn that they are in the Philippines as well!

(Nesquick and Carnation are common products here in the States as well...not sure if they can be bought in the Philippines as well.)

baby-strollers on December 18, 2011:

Mocha - chocolate/coffee mix.

DonMiguelito on December 18, 2011:

Yes! I like hot chocolate mix :)

SquidooMBA on December 18, 2011:

Hot Cocoa>Hot Chocolate

Jethro from Philippines on December 18, 2011:

You're not a Filipino but you mentioned some of the products available here in our country such as ovaltine, coffee mate and others. Now, I wonder if these products are available international. Thanks for this interesting and delicious lens of yours. =)

Ronlove LM on December 18, 2011:

Hot chocolate is my favorite!!

traveller27 on December 16, 2011:

I love hot chocolate - very nice lens.

jimmyworldstar on December 16, 2011:

If I don't want to use creamer can I substitute condensed milk? I love fresh hot chocolate with chocolate bars but a mix is a quick and easy way to make hot cocoa.

anonymous on December 14, 2011:

neat items here and enjoyed your simple words on the topic remarks too, thank you.

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