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How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Updated on November 8, 2014

Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate Mix

This homemade hot chocolate mix has been a winter staple in our house for years. It only takes minutes to make a batch that will last my family all winter with enough to share with friends or give as gifts.

My daughter and I just made up a batch of this delicious hot chocolate mix this weekend, and it turned out so yummy I thought I would share it with you here.

Our plan is to put it into some containers to hand out to teachers and friends before Christmas. When we have done this in the past it has always been a big hit. This mix tastes so much richer and has much more flavor than the powdered mixes you can buy at the store.

Give this homemade hot chocolate mix a try! I am sure you will agree!

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Keep Your Hot Chocolate Hot - With this Mug Warmer

Looking for a way to keep your favorite beverage hot? This warmer will keep your cocoa, coffee or tea the perfect temperature while you get your work done. Your drink will still be hot and waiting for you whenever you are ready!

Mug Warmer Mini Hot Plate Keeps Drink Perfect Temp
Mug Warmer Mini Hot Plate Keeps Drink Perfect Temp

This makes a great gift for anyone who likes to enjoy a hot beverage while at work!

Little girl enjoying her homemade hot chocolate
Little girl enjoying her homemade hot chocolate

This recipe allows for some degree of flexibility, so do not worry if you cannot find the exact sizes specified in the recipe. If you come within a few ounces it will be good enough.

Serving Size

Serves: many


  • 22 ounce container of chocolate drink mix such as Nesquik
  • 12 ounce chocolate malt mix such as Ovaltine
  • 16 ounce coffee creamer such as Coffee Mate
  • 12 1/2 ounces instant powdered milk such as Carnation Instant Milk
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Empty all ingredients into a large container, such as a stockpot. Stir to mix. Blend all of the powders together thoroughly. Store in airtight containers.
  2. To make hot chocolate: Put 3 heaping tablespoons of mix to a large coffee mug and add hot water. Stir to dissolve the mix.
  3. Suggestions: Garnish with marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, chocolate chunks or cinnamon sticks.
  4. To make an adult beverage: Add a shot of Kahlua to the prepared hot chocolate, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
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3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

The Best Peppermint Sticks for Hot Chocolate

I remember receiving a tin of these yummy peppermint sticks for Christmas when I was about 13 years old, almost 40 years ago. These peppermint sticks are that good! Perfect for serving with your hot chocolate!

King Leo Soft Peppermint Stick Candy 19.2oz Gift Tin
King Leo Soft Peppermint Stick Candy 19.2oz Gift Tin

Traditional soft peppermint stick candy. Approximately 49 delicious peppermint sticks are included in this tin.


Super Cute Hot Chocolate Mug

When it is time to serve hot chocolate, what could be more fun than serving it in this adorable snowman mug?

Make a Cute Hot Chocolate Bar for Your Kitchen - Or to Give as a Special Gift

Karissa, from The Green Apple Home, gives instructions for making a hot cocoa bar for the kitchen counter. It looks very nice, is a great way to organize your hot chocolate, and would make a lovely gift basket!

How to Use This Mix to Make Hot Chocolate for a Crowd

If you need to make hot chocolate for a large crowd, this mix is the perfect solution. Just keep in mind that you use 2 tablespoons of mix per cup of hot water. There are 16 tablespoons in a cup. So, your ratio is going to be 1 cup of mix to 8 cups or one half gallon of hot water.

If making hot chocolate in a large coffee urn, I advise getting the water hot before adding the hot chocolate mix. Be sure to save room for the mix! You may find it easier to heat the water in a large pot, add the mix, then pour the hot chocolate into the urn for serving.

Love is Like Hot Chocolate - Decorative Wall Plaque

Cute hanging in the kitchen or breakfast nook. Perfect gift for someone you love, along with a batch of this delicious hot chocolate mix!

Decorative wood plaque says, "Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time!"

What is your favorite hot beverage? Do you like this hot chocolate mix?

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    • james25882 profile image

      james25882 3 years ago

      Not a huge chocolate lover but sounds like it might be nice... thanks for the tips

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      malenk lm 5 years ago

      Oh my god, ive been looking for something to keep my hot chocolate warm during these cold winter the mug warmer plate.

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      Alrady 5 years ago

      YUM YUM YUM... I still love marshmallows best, but often have a peppermint stir stick for my hot chocolate. During Monsoon season in mid-summer we will still have hot chocolate and watch the lightening and thunder!

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      Lee 5 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Just a regular hot chocolate would do me just fine :) Thanks for the great lens

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      TanoCalvenoa 5 years ago

      Ghirardelli rules for all things chocolate.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It was been unseasonably warm for December where I live in central Alabama, but it is finally getting colder - cold enough to be hot chocolate weather! I look forward to trying your recipe.

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      rudhushudu 5 years ago

      My son loves all kinds of chocolate Sometimes i have to stop him to eat it. I think this hot chocolate he will love.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Mom's hot chocolate has been a constant in all Christmas holidays family celebration ^_^ So glad we can buy chocolate tablea from a nearby neighborhood store ^_^ Merry Christmas!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Virginia Allain: I featured this on my 101 Budget Gifts for Under $10. Thanks for making such a great page.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      what a great idea for gifts - I am going to try this hot chocolate mix out.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      This recipe sounds great! I can't wait til it gets cold to try it out. Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds like a really delicious hot choco concoction. I'd love to try it.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel! :)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I feel ridiculous that I've never thought of making this before. What a great idea for better tasting hot chocolate AND saving some money too. I think I would only substitute Splenda for real sugar and I'll be set. :) Yay!

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! :) Awesome job!

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      danielmccarthy lm 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious but the missus would hate it.. I never understood why she doesn't like sickly chocolate. I love chocolate on chocolate with extra chocolate.

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      Beverly Lemley 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Nothing like hot chocolate with a dash of whipped cream on top with chocolate bits! Great lens! Very delicious! B : )

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      I love Hot Chocolate! :) MMMMMMM! Kath

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      Iceprincess09 LM 6 years ago

      I thought I was the only one who put a little Coffee Mate in my hot chocolate :)

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Mmmmmm just had some hot chocolate this morning.

      My husband has a recipe that only calls for two ingredients milk chocolate bars and half and half. Its very rich and probably not good for you at all.....but its good! =)

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      LornsA178 6 years ago

      My daughter love hot chocolates. Thanks for sharing.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds pretty tasty to me - I love hot chocolate. I could go for some right now, in fact...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ...and adding some angel dust to your mix,,,

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the picture of your smiling 'model', Its that time of year when we like to turn to a nice hot satisfying cup of hot chocolate...and now we have a fresh new recipe that will serve many! I even have a cinnamon stick to stir with and add that little extra flavor boost.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I will use this recipe next time I need to make a batch of hot chocolate mix. It sounds perfect! Great lens - for a lot of reasons. :)

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      misterjake 6 years ago

      Hot chocolate in the wintertime is a good way to keep warm. Good job. If you don't mind please check out my lens. Thanks.

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      GenesisLabs 6 years ago

      This lens covers an excellent topic and you executed it beautifully. Better go and get some hot chocolate right now.

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      newbornwiki 6 years ago

      Oh, I love hot chocolate so much...

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      Rhidawn 6 years ago

      I love hot chocolate! Add a pinch of pepper, whip cream, and a cany cane and its to die for!

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      lftypjk900 6 years ago

      love your homemade hot cocoa recipe. I will be making a batch this weekend. Great Idea!

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      Gloria Freeman 6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Nice lens,I love hot chocolate. I think I will give this mix a try .Glad I found your lens.Have a blessed New Year.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just use soy/almond milk , cinnamon, and cocoa powder, and heat it on the stove. Makes a delicious and simple hot chocolate that I enjoy.

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      purpleclouds 6 years ago chocolate.. great lens, thanks for sharing :)

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Nothing like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day!

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      PamelaDW 6 years ago

      Wow, that's a lot of sugar!

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      lindseythomas lm 6 years ago

      This is really perfect for the holiday season.

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      lindseythomas lm 6 years ago

      This is really perfect for the holiday season!

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      totorotube 6 years ago

      nice idea. i also love hot chocolate. i'll try this.

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      Kindle-Fire-Cases 6 years ago

      I could've used this recipe on Christmas morning. Wish I found this lens sooner.

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      I'm going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. I think a homemade hot chocolate mix placed in decorative containers would make a great gift.

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      cleanyoucar 6 years ago

      I love chocolate as well, thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      ViJuvenate 6 years ago

      I'm always looking for new mix recipes to try. Thank you. A dollop of whipped cream, some pretty sprinkles, and we are good to go. :o)

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      jazmoyano 6 years ago

      I was craving for a hot chocolate after i finished reading ur lens. Gudjob. =)

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      The recipe sounds great and easy to make. And it's a great gift idea.

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      privresearch 6 years ago

      Love love loooove hot chocolate :)

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      autofanatic 6 years ago

      My boys will love this!

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      masaad 6 years ago

      Looks Yummy

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      GabStar 6 years ago

      great idea - yum

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      YUMMY!!!! Sounds divine! Blessed!

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      Matthew 6 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Never thought of making our own, thank you for the suggestion

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      Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

      I love hot chocolate! I am going to have to try this recipe!

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I love the gingerbread man mug! Perfect for your delicious hot chocolate mix!

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      MaartjeJepsen 6 years ago

      Here comes your 100th thumbs up! Lovely lens!

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      Goddesspower 6 years ago

      Mmmmmmmmm! Thank you

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      poutine 6 years ago

      love my hot chocolate

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      mmmm the real thing sounds great.

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      RezaonHaider2020 6 years ago

      Nice ideas. I'll try now as I'm in lov with ChoCos

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      noel rocs 6 years ago

      I LOVE hot chocolate! I'm also down for anything with Nesquick in it ;) sounds great!

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      BradKamer 6 years ago

      I am usually a coffee drinker, but then there are those winter days after sledding or ice skating, when hot chocolate hits the spot. Thanks for sharing your instant hot chocolate recipes.

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      nursecraft 6 years ago

      I'd like to try this mix! It would make a nice little gift for those that touch our life in a small way!

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      Two Crafty Paws 6 years ago

      Drooling as I read. I'm such a chocoholic :) must try this one out.

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      unnykannan 6 years ago

      Great lens.. I love it and thanks for sharing such a great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nothing soothes one like a good cup of hot cocoa

      - Rupertt Wind @

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      nophie lm 6 years ago

      love love love hot chocolate so much...... the taste makes me happy

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      nophie lm 6 years ago

      love love love hot chocolate so much...... the taste makes me happy

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      cyberwizzard 6 years ago

      Nothing like a good cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.

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      Shana rios Chavez 6 years ago

      great lens

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      Note to self and warning to others. DON'T read this with a daughter who loves chocolate near by! My shopping list seems to be growing by the minute. Thank you for this lens it has me and my little girl planning a very girly night in! Marshmallows anyone? :)

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      Ahyat111 6 years ago

      Love the recipe, will try it out. Cool Lens!

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      NTxWriter 6 years ago

      Yummmmm..I love hot cocoa and my granddaughters ask for some every time they come over.

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      LadyCharlie 6 years ago

      Sweet...I love hot chocolate. Thanks for all the ideas!

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      LasgalenArts 6 years ago

      I love hot cocoa too but use the Ghirardelli mix above.

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      vidiku 6 years ago

      Love hot chocolate! Thanks you for this lens!

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      Frugal Bride 6 years ago

      I love hot chocolate! I drink it year round, a few times a week. I'm going to be trying this recipe this week. I bet you should use the flavored coffee-mate creamers too. Swiss miss sells French vanilla hot chocolate mix. I prefer the regular chocolate flavor though.


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      KhairuZiya 6 years ago

      great lens..thanks for sharing

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      AliciaMae 6 years ago

      I love that cocoa mug!!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love this-I'm making this recipe before all my grandkids get here for New Years!! thanks

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      DieselJoe 6 years ago

      Before I drink one more cup of hot chocolate, I need to figure out how many pushups I need to do in order to burn off the calories...probably a bit more than 20 pushups :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh my gosh I USED to make this years ago. I wonder why I stopped. I AM SO GLAD to have the receipe again. I used a peppermint stick as stirrere and love marshmallows or whipped cream on top! Will have to check out your special featured peppermint to see what's going with those. A friend told me to use peppermint shnapps (spelling sorry).

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      My favorite drink this time of year is hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

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      krakensquid 6 years ago

      Great lens, looks extremely tasty! Feel free to check out my lens about making your own Baileys Irish Cream, if you'd like :)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Looking forward to trying out your hot chocolate recipe. Sounds great! During the winter, in addition to coffee, I enjoy hot chocolate and hot spiced tea (we grew up calling it "Russian Tea"). Thanks for sharing your special blend.

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      dogface lm 6 years ago

      @glowchick: Same here. :) I almost always eat dark chocolate with hot cocoa, mmm~

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      I adore hot chocolate with spicy pepper. There's nothing like sweet with spicy!

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      glowchick 6 years ago

      I love making home made Hot Cocoa~ great lens :)

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      harubel 6 years ago

      this is very cold here and i am trying to make hot chocolate mix recipe. good work, like the lens.

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I love hot chocolate although I haven't made my own mix since my children were young. Now I just cheat and use the convenience of packaged mixes. However, I do usually "doctor" mine a little. Today I heated leftover coffee for the liquid, then stirred in my mix and topped it all off with whipped cream. Yum!

      (Just an aside--I enjoyed seeing your featured product of King Leo peppermint sticks. My grandfather loved these and as kids we always gave him a can for Christmas.)

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Love your recipe for Hot Chocolate! I need to try this!

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Would write more, but I need to make hot chocolate now.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I like hot chocolate.

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      elizabethknows lm 6 years ago

      sounds yummy.

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      Gigglish 6 years ago

      @jethrosas: Ovaltine and CoffeeMate are common products in the United States (in fact, Ovaltine has a long history here and many older people I know remember drinking it when they were kids). That's cool to learn that they are in the Philippines as well!

      (Nesquick and Carnation are common products here in the States as well...not sure if they can be bought in the Philippines as well.)

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      Mocha - chocolate/coffee mix.

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      DonMiguelito 6 years ago

      Yes! I like hot chocolate mix :)

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      SquidooMBA 6 years ago

      Hot Cocoa>Hot Chocolate

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      You're not a Filipino but you mentioned some of the products available here in our country such as ovaltine, coffee mate and others. Now, I wonder if these products are available international. Thanks for this interesting and delicious lens of yours. =)

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      Ronlove LM 6 years ago

      Hot chocolate is my favorite!!

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      I love hot chocolate - very nice lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      If I don't want to use creamer can I substitute condensed milk? I love fresh hot chocolate with chocolate bars but a mix is a quick and easy way to make hot cocoa.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      neat items here and enjoyed your simple words on the topic remarks too, thank you.