The Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

The perfect blend of chocolatey flavor with one little secret ingredient makes this the Very Best 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! |

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.  Now that was good stuff.  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 cocoa 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! |

And the very 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! |

I have no idea what they put in their 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 Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe ever. I started by trying out some recipes I found on the internet…some were bad….some were very, very bad and some were a good start to the Very Best Hot  Cocoa Mix recipe.  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.

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

The Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix recipe 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! |

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.


The Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot cocoa mix
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Kellie

A fantastic hostess gift, this Hot Cocoa Mix will convince you to never buy it in those little packets ever again.



  • 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


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

Recipe Notes

Can be stored in an airtight container indefinitely.

If you're having trouble finding vanilla powder, vanilla coffee creamer makes a great substitute.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




5 comments on “The Very Best 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!

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