You only need three ingredients to make your own homemade hot chocolate mix. Keep it on hand for whenever your sweet tooth strikes and make a single mug or enough for the whole family.
Homemade hot chocolate mix is a staple in my kitchen cabinet. It's easy to scoop out a single serving for yourself or make a few mugs for friends.
This mix is made with just three ingredients - confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. I've also included an optional addition of cinnamon for a little warmth that's perfect for the holidays.
Serve hot chocolate any time of year for a sweet, cozy treat. It's perfect for winter holidays like Christmas, movie night with the family, or for sipping while making cookies for Santa. Making hot cocoa for a crowd? Try my slow cooker hot chocolate recipe.
Ingredients and substitutions
Confectioner's sugar - We're using confectioner's sugar because it's fine and melts easily and quickly into warm milk. It also incorporates seamlessly with cocoa powder since they have a similar texture.
Cocoa powder - This recipe can be made with natural cocoa powder or Dutch process cocoa powder.
Salt - Just enough salt is added to balance with the sweetness of the sugar and help bring out the flavor of the cocoa.
Cinnamon - While optional, cinnamon adds a cozy, warm spice to your hot cocoa that's perfect for holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. If you like cinnamon I recommend giving this addition a try.
Milk - Since this simple hot chocolate mix doesn't include powdered milk, it must be prepared with your favorite milk. Cow's milk, almond milk, oat milk, or your favorite variety all work in this recipe.
Tips and tricks
Make in a mason jar - Your hot cocoa ingredients can be added to a mason jar, sealed and shaken for easy preparation and storage.
Give as a gift - Prepare a mason jar of hot cocoa mix, add a tag with instructions, and give as a gift during the holidays. A jar of hot cocoa could be paired with a new coffee mug or some homemade cookies.
Prepare with milk - Since this recipe doesn't include powdered milk, it must be prepared with some sort of milk. Cow's milk or dairy-free milks all work with this hot chocolate mix.
Frequently asked questions
Store bought hot chocolate mixes are made with powdered milk, which rehydrates when mixed with water. This makes your hot chocolate creamy and rich. This mix doesn't include powdered milk, so it must be prepared with milk. Cow's milk, almond milk, oat milk, and other types of dairy-free milk all work with this recipe.
Yes, this hot chocolate mix is dairy-free. To make your prepared hot chocolate dairy free, use your favorite dairy-free milk like almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
Yes, 1 cup of powdered milk or instant nonfat dried milk can be added to the recipe as written below. To prepare, add about ¼ cup of prepared mix to a mug filled with 8 ounces of hot milk or hot water and stir until combined.
Prepared hot chocolate mix can last for up to six months stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Use fresh cocoa powder and sugar for best results.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- In a bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Optionally, add all ingredients to a 16 ounce mason jar, seal, and shake to combine.
- To prepare hot chocolate: Add two tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to 8 ounces of hot milk. Feel free to add more to achieve your desired flavor and sweetness. Stir until dissolved and serve immediately. (The average coffee mug is 12 ounces, so you may need extra hot chocolate mix to match the amount of milk used).
- Optional toppings - Top prepared hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream, shaved chocolate, or cinnamon.
- Coffee mug size - The average coffee mug holds 12 ounces of liquid. Keep this in mind as you may need to add 3 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to a coffee mug filled with hot milk.
- Prepare with milk only - This recipe cannot be made with water. Store bought hot chocolate mixes also contain a dried milk powder, which allows them to be mixed with water. This recipe does not, and needs to be mixed with milk.
- To add powdered milk - To make this recipe with powdered milk, add 1 cup of powdered milk or instant nonfat dried milk to the recipe above. Add about ¼ cup (or more as desired) of prepared mix to hot water or milk.
- Calorie count only includes the listed ingredients and does not include the liquid added when preparing.