DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

It’s February. And it’s freezing. And we’ve all had enough of it already. So, the only thing that will help at this point is alcohol. Or hot cocoa with marshmallows, followed by alcohol. I guess there is a whipped cream flavored vodka now, so that might actually be good in the hot cocoa. Wait……this post is supposed to be about hot cocoa mix.

Focus, Melody, focus. Geez.

imageAnyway, this DIY hot cocoa mix was one of the first “mixes” I ever made. It does have some non dairy creamer in it, which I may swap out for dry whole milk next time. Or I’ll just leave it because it’s not something we drink daily and I am very happy with this recipe as is. Warning: this makes a huge bowl full of dry mix–as in 6-7 quart jars. So, you will either want to give some away, or vacuum seal it with a jar attachment like I do.

This is also a great item to add to a gift bag for starlite peppermint candyteachers–I always try to give them something they can use up instead of something that may contribute to their clutter over a lifetime of teaching. And, you can make a peppermint version by adding 1 obliterated starlight peppermint candy per serving of dry mix. Add the desired portions of dry mix to your food processor or blender with the whole mints and process until it’s fairly smooth. (Or, peppermint schnapps would be delightful when making yourself a cup, too. Heh.)


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THE RECIPE: Hot Cocoa Mix
Makes 6-7 quart jars of dry mix

25 oz box nonfat dry milk
16 oz jar non dairy creamer
1 cup powdered sugar
13 oz jar chocolate malted milk powder 
48 oz container chocolate drink mix (club size)
1/2 cup cocoa

1. Add about 1/4-1/3 cup per 8 oz water to taste. Top with marshmallows and/or whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yum.


Yes, you want to include actual chocolate malted milk powder. It is in the same section as chocolate milk powder. I have made this without it and found that the malt addition is the secret ingredient to it’s deliciousness.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix










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