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Hot Drink Recipes: How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix From Scratch

Updated on March 29, 2011

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

This recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix is a great one for packaging in decorative bags or tins and putting in gift baskets - or just enjoying for yourself on a wintery day. The mini chocolate chips enhance the flavor as they melt!

Check out the recipes that follow.  While you may not be able to use those as a mix, you could still put together a gift basket with the ingredients and the recipe - add a couple of mugs and candy canes and voila - lovely gift!


  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended.
  • Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you're ready to package it. Makes about 4 cups of mix.

Tips on Packaging:

  • The recipe makes enough for 4 gift-size portions, each of which can be measured into a small plastic bag and tucked into a cup or mug filled with mini marshmallows, candy stick stirrers, and a spoon.
  • The mix is also great in little plastic bags tied with a decorative tie with the instructions attached and placed in a gift basket - with mugs of course!
  • Wrap each filled gift cup in cellophane and don't forget to include a tag with the following instructions.
  • Don't forget to include the instructions: Spoon 3 or 4 generous tablespoons of cocoa mix into your cup (depending on the size), add boiling water, and stir well.

Snow Flake Cocoa


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 12-ounce package of white chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • Candy canes for garnish


  • Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 2-1/2 hours stirring occasionally until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted.
  • Stir again before serving.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes if desired.

Hot Chocolate - South American Style

Ai chihuahua!  But it sounds very good!  (By the way - ai chihuahua originated in Australia as an exclamation of surprise!)


  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cherry brandy (optional)


  • In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the sugar, cocoa powder and chili powder.
  • Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Add water and bell pepper strips and mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer and stir in milk.
  • When the mixture is heated to your liking, remove the pepper strips with a slotted spoon.
  • Add cherry brandy if using and serve.


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Indeed, VocalCoach - thanks for stopping by for a sip~

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Nothing is as satisfying and comforting as hot chocolate. These recipes are priceless. My favorite one to try first is "Snowflake Cocoa". Can't wait to whip some up. It may snow tomorrow...the perfect weather for making your recipe. Love it!


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      Aceblogs 6 years ago from India

      Wonderful recipe , i have recently started learning cooking and stuff , i am surely going to try it out and report to you how it was made ! Thanks again for giving me one more recipe to learn

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Shawn - Thanks for stopping by - and yes it is!

      Nikitha P - Thank you as well!

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      nikitha p 7 years ago from India

      Wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing!

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      Shawn (Alex) currey 7 years ago

      THIS IS THE BEST EVAR !!!!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks billrobinson for dribbling by! We all like a good hot drink from time to time and we need them!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by Vangor7!

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      Vangor7 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the recipe. We will be using it during these cold winter months.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by, GmaGoldie - it is amazing how we rediscover things though, eh?

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I used to make this all the time from scratch - had forgotten - thank you!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Katie - my daughter has always loved making it - and it makes great Christmas gifts! Did I say that? Oy vey - it is coming up too soon!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Now this is useful, great ingredients, My girls are going to love making their own homemade hot chocolate mix. I know it will be way better than store bought! :)