Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

We enjoy hot chocolate, especially during the winter months.

Every Sunday morning we get up and gather in the family room to read our Bibles while sipping a cup of hot cocoa. {Bella (1) does not sip, she gulps and beware the person who tries to help her hold her cup when she pauses for a quick breath. When her hot cocoa is gone she stalks about the room on the look out for any unattended mugs. That baby loves her hot cocoa!}

Homemade hot cocoa mix is less expensive and tastes way better than store bought mixes. So without further ado, here is our favorite recipe for hot chocolate mix. Here is what you’ll need:


Hot Cocoa Mix

4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups cocoa
5 cups powdered whole milk (not non-fat)
2 tsp salt (scant)
4 tsp corn starch
2 pinches cayenne pepper


Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. We store in it half gallon sized mason jars.

We use between a 1/4 and 1/3 cup of mix for a mug of hot chocolate. Put the mix in the bottom of a mug and pour hot water over top. Stir and enjoy.

My grandmother simply makes hot chocolate from scratch on the stove top, using real milk and sugar and making as much as is needed for the occasion. For us, it’s much easier to have this mix available and simply heat up water when we want a cup of hot cocoa.

Bella (1)

Just try to enjoy it as much as Bella  does. She’s a hot chocolate-aholic.

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7 Responses to Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
  1. jay quiverfull families
    February 21, 2012 | 7:15 am

    My sis in law gave me this book for Christmas few years ago and my life has never been the same 🙂


    Problem is I cannot buy hot chocolate anywhere such as Starbucks as it all tastes like water–thin and no flavor pathetically weak.


    Natalie Reply:

    Thanks for the tip off on that book…what a great gift idea! And Kimberly…Bella is WAY too cute. I get your posts in my e-mail…but I just had to click through to see her picture. I hope you are hanging in there!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Starting to feel better and working on a post for VW. 🙂 Thanks!


  2. Chick Hatchers
    February 21, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    I can’t wait to make this mix and have it around for us. My kids love hot chocolate and the store bought stuff just doesn’t taste good to me anymore. I used to make a HUGE batch similar to this, but it’s HUGE. I’ll be trying yours real soon. The picture of Bella was the icing on the cake for this post. So cute. I’d add her to my group of daughters in a heartbeat! (I’m sure she’s not available, though.) 🙂


  3. Shannon
    February 21, 2012 | 10:55 pm

    I was just about to go buy some more hot cocoa mix, now I think I’ll try this one instead! also I thought I was the only one with a chocoholic one year old. 😀


  4. DenicePerez
    January 25, 2013 | 10:02 am

    How important is not using non fat powdered milk? I have tons in my food storage. Does it affect the taste or how it mixes up? Thanks!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I thought that it was a comment on this post, but it must have been an email or FB comment, but one blog reader said that they made it with non-fat powdered milk and then made it with the whole powdered milk. She said that there was no comparison in taste, that the whole milk really made a HUGE difference.

    However, I think that you could certainly make this with non-fat powdered milk, it just won’t taste as delightful.

    If you try it, let us know what you think. (We also have a lot of the non-fat milk in storage, but we’ve not used it in this recipe.)


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