Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

The perfect blend of chocolatey flavor with one little secret ingredient makes this the Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe around. Rich, chocolatey flavor that’s perfectly creamy….great for cold winter nights and fantastic as a homemade gift.

Ready in minutes, this is the Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe. Great for holiday gifts! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Originally published December 2016 and updated December 2019.

Who loves Hot Cocoa?  {Me…I’m raising my hand over here.} I used to be addicted to the packets of instant hot cocoa that our office used to buy in bulk. Sometimes, if it was really cold and I was too lazy to run out at lunch, I’d fill up on the stuff by trying out different ratios….sometimes in my coffee…sometimes in half and half.  

Sometimes it didn’t turn out so well and I’d have to go out anyway to forage for food.  My best creation was a half packet of hot cocoa in about 1 cup of coffee with a splash of half and half.  Like a hacked up homemade Mocha Latte.

But it wasn’t the best because…..well, the hot cocoa mix was filled with I don’t even know what.  Plus, I had some stellar hot chocolate in my lifetime and once you have something so amazing it makes your toes curl you can’t go back to the packet….you just can’t.

Ready in minutes, this is the Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe. Great for holiday gifts! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com


Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate, Drinking Chocolate or Chocolate Tea is a beverage consisting of melted chocolate or cocoa powder mixed with heated milk or water and sugar. It can be topped with just about anything you like, we love a dollop of whipped cream.

The best hot cocoa (or should I call it hot chocolate…it can get confusing) I ever had was in the chocolate capital of the world….Hershey Park. Yeah, they sell the good stuff there. It’s like melty, liquid, chocolate crack.

And they only have it there in the winter because who wants to be sipping that stuff when it’s 90 degrees in the shade during the summertime. Am I right? But in the winter….when you just spun around on a ferris wheel in 32 degrees and your face feels like it’s going to crack in half if you try to smile….that’s when you need a big cup full of this molten heaven.

Ready in minutes, this is the Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe. Great for holiday gifts! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com


I have no idea what they put in the Hershey’s hot cocoa but I had to make something better than the store bought packets and so….I spent a few days pondering on exactly how to make the Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe ever.

I started by trying out some recipes I found on the internet…and I tested sooooo many recipes until I found one I could start with.

 This one from Alton Brown was my favorite so I adapted it a bit to make it even better….I added something super special to the mix that was a bit of genius, if I do say so myself.  I whisked in a bit of Vanilla Powder to the mix taking something already pretty amazing and making it completely bonkers, insanely delicious.

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together to combine.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container. 
  4. Store for up to 6 months.

That’s it…..it’s sooooooo easy!

Ready in minutes, this is the Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe. Great for holiday gifts! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com


The short answer…..yes….and no. Technically, Hot Chocolate is made by melting chocolate shavings in hot milk and Hot Cocoa is made with cocoa powder. But you can make hot chocolate with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings so, in essence, they are the same.

Hot Chocolate has a thicker, richer consistency where Hot Cocoa is a bit thinner and the added sugar makes it quite a bit sweeter.

Homemade Hot Cocoa is so easy to make you’ll want to make a big batch to last all winter but I urge you to double….no, TRIPLE the batch and give it to your friends.  

Or give it to people you want to be friends with.  OR mail it to your favorite celeb crush and THEY will want to be friends with you. Bonus points if you send along some of these homemade Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing made from scratch.

Ready in minutes, this is the Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe. Great for holiday gifts! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com


If you decide to keep all your Hot Cocoa Mix to yourself, you can use it to create an epic holiday Hot Chocolate Bar. To set up your Hot Cocoa Bar, simply make the entire recipe for Hot Cocoa in a slow cooker or crock pot for guests to serve themselves.

Our favorite mix-ins for Hot Cocoa are:

Gingerbread Biscotti in a blue and white mug.

Either way….make a gigantic batch of the Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix and ruin your kids forever because they’ll never let you buy it at the store again.  It’s simple and spectacular.

Looking for something a little more special?  We love this Birthday Cake White Hot Chocolate!  It tastes just like a birthday cake!

Want more fun food inspiration? Follow us on Instagram!



The Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

A fantastic hostess gift, this Hot Cocoa Mix will convince you to never buy it in those little packets ever again.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 109 kcal


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon Powdered Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup mini Marshmallows


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, both cocoa powders, powdered milk, vanilla, salt and cornstarch until combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Layer with chocolate chunks and marshmallows.
  • Store at room temperature indefinitely.
  • To make the cocoa:
  • Whisk 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons cocoa mix with 1 cup hot water or steamed milk until dissolved.
  • Serve immediately.



Can be stored in an airtight container indefinitely.
If you're having trouble finding vanilla powder, vanilla coffee creamer makes a great substitute.


Serving: 2gCalories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Hot cocoa mix
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!




9 comments on “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe”

  1. This looks good. I’m wondering about the cornstarch though? What would happen if I left that out?

  2. Homemade holiday gifts are the best!

  3. This is so comforting! I need to try this ASAP!

  4. Do you use non-fat dry milk or whole powdered milk?

  5. This hot cocoa mix turned out so well! It is so creamy and delish! I am absolutely adding jars of this to my Christmas baskets!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.