Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

My first batch of homemade hot cocoa mix being tested. It passed inspection with flying colors.

My first batch of homemade hot cocoa mix being tested. It passed inspection with flying colors.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

It's cold. Finally. Snow is still on the ground and the winds are blowing the skin temperature lower. Perfect time for a great drink like a cup of hot cocoa!

The first recipe I found was pretty basic and had none of the rich texture one gets from buying hot cocoa mix in fancy containers. After some research, I found this recipe from Alton Brown that includes a secret ingredient that makes all of the difference - cayenne pepper flakes.

I have now made this recipe a couple of times, once for gifts and the second time to have a supply for myself. 

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Ingredients (for 5 cups of dry mix)

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred); Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate is another option.
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • optional - 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • optional - add baking chips like butterscotch or mint to the top
  • You can add other things like toffee bits, candy cane crumbs or candy baking chips to the mix as well as spices like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Simply whisk the ingredients together. 

To serve, start with 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces of hot water. Mix a couple ounces of hot water in mix first, then add hot water to taste.

To mix well, I will measure the mix and water in a blender.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Gift Idea

You can give it as a gift all on its own, or pair it with other yummy treats. Arrange it in a gift basket with a mug and sweet treats.

A canning jar is perfect for packaging edible gifts like hot cocoa mix although my preference is interesting glass jars with tight lids. Use a colorful ribbon and a gift tag with instructions.

Although I tend to see this recipe at Christmas, it's a nice gift idea for Valentine's Day, too and for any fall and winter birthdays.