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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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