When the weather turns cold, there’s just something comforting about a nice big mug of hot cocoa. Our Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe is easy to make and will warm you up on the coldest day.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is easy to make and store in a mason jar. All you need is powdered milk, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and a little bit of salt. Of course, you could add some mini chocolate chips or marshmallows to make your Hot Chocolate more decadent.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Powder Mix (in a jar)
milk powder – Using powdered milk means you can add this cocoa powder to water and it will be rich and creamy instead of watery. You can find the powder milk we used on Amazon.
Organic powdered sugar – Of course I wouldn’t necessarily consider this “healthy”, but when used in moderation I do think a bit of sugar is acceptable from time to time. And when compared to the ingredients in the store-bought brands, I feel pretty comfortable about this option of sugar. If you’re not thrilled about using sugar, you could always omit it from the jar and add in some maple syrup or honey to taste at the time of serving.
Cocoa powder – You can choose whether you want dark cocoa powder or not, but do be sure it’s unsweetened. If you use dark cocoa powder, you may want to increase the sugar by a smidge, or just add a little maple syrup at the time of serving if it’s not sweet enough.
Sea Salt – A lot of people look at me sideways when I add salt to sweet recipes, but the truth is a little bit of salt actually brings out the sweetness of a recipe without having to add any more sugar.
Mini chocolate chips (optional) – These are purely for fun! But, when gifting a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix, the little mini chocolate chips give it that extra something special in the presentation!
White chocolate chips (optional) – These are also purely for fun, and they also look really pretty in a gifted jar of cocoa! But they are optional and can be omitted if desired.
Directions to Assembly Your Hot Chocolate in a Jar
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until well blended.
Spoon into Mason jars or a glass container.
Seal the Jar and add a tag.
3 cups powdered milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 cups cocoa powder
1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
To Make the Hot Chocolate
Use 3 Tablespoons hot cocoa powder to 1 cup hot water or milk.
If you want peppermint hot cocoa, add 1 teaspoon mint extract (or to taste) to hot chocolate.
Top with optional whipped cream and/or marshmallows, or add a splash of heavy cream to your mug.
Why I love this recipe
The main reason I love this recipe is how easy it is. Once you mix the ingredients you have them in your pantry anytime you want to make a quick cup of hot chocolate. Most of the time grand dad love hot chocolate in the morning and with everything else I have going on in the morning I don’t always have time to make a fresh batch. But I can easily heat up some water and add our Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix.
So be sure to add powdered milk, powdered sugar, cocoa, and chocolate chips to your grocery list so that you can make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and enjoy a cup of Hot Chocolate when it gets cold.
And don’t forget to get some extra to give to friends and family. Be sure to download our FREE gifts tags to make it extra special!!
- 3 cups powdered milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1.5 cups cocoa powder
- 1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 tsp salt
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until well blended.
2. Spoon into Mason jars or a glass container.
3. Seal the Jar and add a tag.