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Life's Guilty Pleasures: Homemade Hot Chocolate

Updated on October 28, 2021
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It's 5 o'clock Somewhere

You have no doubt heard that's 5 o'clock somewhere.

Just as true as that is, saying, 'it's hot chocolate time everywhere, all the time, can work, too. It is beginning to get a bit, a tiny bit cooler here in Florida now. So hot chocolate comes to mind. However, at our house, any time is good for a cup of this homemade hot chocolate.

Make it your own...vary ingredients as you see fit.

I don't really need a personal trainer or watch what I eat. I can't start the day without a hot chocolate or finish it without a few squares of dark chocolate. It's good for my mood.

— Blake Lively
5 stars from 2 ratings of Life's guilty pleasures: homemade hot chocolate

A Guilty Pleasure

This is one of life's guilty pleasures for my family and me. It is hot chocolate at its best.

This is one of the most flavor-filled hot chocolate recipes I have ever tasted. It is clearly one of the tastiest. It may just become a favorite with your family, too.

And remember others in a special way by gifting them with a jar of this delightful mixture.

Give a little gift to those you love


A drink with memories

When it is hot chocolate season, at my house, rumblings about 'when are you making hot chocolate and pumpkin bread' begins.

For most of us, hot chocolate is like many foods and beverages our families enjoy. It will conjure up special memories of a loved one or a special occasion.

The same is true for me of this recipe. When I was a young mother, wife, and teacher, we lived on Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

Just before our Christmas vacation one year, a child gave me a gift made by his mother. It was a quart-size plastic baggie filled with hot chocolate mix. From the first cup, we were hooked.

This recipe has morphed some over the years. It is a wonderful recipe in that you can add and change elements of it and it is still divine.

You will love that about it. You can make it your own, adjust, change, add, subtract. You can hardly hurt it. It is very versatile.You can double, triple, quadruple as desired . This is truly a 'no fail recipe.'

That mug you see in the photo is filled to the brim and is right here beside me as I share with you!


  • 20 ounces instant powdered milk
  • 20 ounces Nesquik
  • 15 ounces plain or chocolate coffee creamer
  • 1/2 pound confectioner's sugar

When we don't have the words chocolate can speak volumes.

— ~~Joan Bauer

Hot Chocolate ---So Many Ways to Make It

There are so many ways to make it...find one that works for you--

Perhaps try---

dark chocolate, unsweetened chocolate discs blended with milk chocolate discs or semi sweet discs

powdered cocoa (unsweetened)

white chocolate discs

whole milk, skim milk, powdered milk

Cook it or make an instant mix like the one I shared.

Let your imagination be your guide.

A Collection of Recipes--They ALL look SOOO Good


  1. Place all ingredients in a large container and mix well.
  2. Store in a tightly sealed container.You can store in the freezer to maintain freshness.

The 12-step chocolate program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!

— ~~Terry Moore

A wonderful treat

Light your fireplace, curl up with a good book, a soft, snugly blanket, and enjoy.

  • As a gift, you can fill jars with this divine hot chocolate mix, cut out fabric or fancy paper, tie and tie a festive ribbon around all. Attach a copy of the recipe and you have a wonderful gift.
  • You can also give the hot chocolate mix to someone in a large mug. cover with saran wrap, then fabric, and place ribbon and the recipe on the cup.
  • If you are giving to a large family a quart jar or larger is great.
  • This particular one is for a neighbor who lives alone and asked for a taste as she does not really have this on her restricted diet.
  • You can adjust this recipe to a less sweet version by using half and half sugar blends or by using artificial sweeteners (as mentioned above). It does affect the taste and it is still tasty.

© 2011 Patricia Scott


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