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How to Make & Give Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade hot cocoa mix is a delightful and easy thing to make. It’s sweet, delicious, and warming when the temperature and life get cold. Homemade hot chocolate mix also makes a frugal and wonderful gift in a jar.

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The following homemade hot cocoa mix recipe is the ideal base for yourself or for spicing it up for gift giving.

Switch up the Basic Cocoa Mix

Use dry, powdered milk in the mix and all someone needs is hot water and a spoon to fix a cup.

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Most of the time any milk powder can be used interchangeably.

Use goat milk powder for people allergic to cow milk.

Substitute coconut milk powder for vegans or others avoiding dairy products.

Some recipes even use coffee creamer to make the cocoa super rich.

Homemade cocoa mix is a frugal, and easy way to spread cheer and give meaningful gifts any time of year but especially so when the temperature dips.

Go Beyond the Basic Hot Cocoa Mix

Cocoa mixes can take on numerous forms and flavors with just a few tweaks:

Yield: Approximately 3 Cups

Hot Cocoa Mix

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Use this basic homemade hot cocoa mix as a base for customized blends for yourself and gifts.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Milk


    1. Combine the ingredients and push through a fine mesh sieve to combine all ingredients and keep them in a small uniform size.
    2. Store in an airtight container.


To Make a Cup of Hot Cocoa:

Mix 3 Tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix with 8 ounces of boiling water, milk, or cream. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

3 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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How to Give Hot Cocoa Mixes

For local delivery, use jars with simple labels. Regular old canning jars work just fine. Also look for frugal or interesting jars at thrift stores.

Wrap yarn or ribbon around jars for simple but extra lovely touches.

For mailing care packages, package homemade hot cocoa mix in tight sealing plastic bags and label.

Make sure to include how to make the cocoa (mix to boiling water ratio) on the labels.

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Add marshmallows, either homemade or store-bought to the package for a lovely gift.

A festive or beautiful pottery mug is a special gift that will be treasured even after the mix is used up.

Tuck a bottle of liqueur, homemade cordial, or schnapps in a basket for adults to spike their hot cocoa.

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Monday 21st of December 2020

Can I use regular white sugar instead of brown sugar??

Kathie Lapcevic

Monday 21st of December 2020


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