Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

homemade hot cocoa mix recipe

It’s been pretty chilly in Southern California lately. We’ve been waking up to 45-degree mornings, and I’ve even had to turn the heater on a few times (gasp!) Hot liquids are my jam this time of year; the holiday season is perfect for experimenting with homemade hot cocoa mix recipes, especially with family and friends around to enjoy the end result.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix:

Adapted from Epicurious & Smitten Kitchen.  Yields 8 servings.


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup high-quality cocoa powder
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the hot chocolate:

  • 1 cup milk (almond, coconut, or soy milk can be substituted for cow’s milk)
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, and cocoa powder (for serving)


Add dry ingredients to a food processor* and blend until the mixture is combined.  Warm the milk and add 3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix to 8 ounces of warm milk. Whisk and pour into a mug, topping with marshmallows (optional). Store dry hot cocoa mix for up to two months in an airtight container.


*If a food processor is not available, Smitten Kitchen recommends chopping/grating the bittersweet chocolate until it’s as fine as possible, and stirring it into the rest of the ingredients. 


Featured image credit: CreateHerStock

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