Hot Cocoa mix in a glass jar on red napkin with a green ribbon

Okay, I’ve got one more sweet Christmas recipe for you guys. This homemade hot cocoa mix is perfect for homemade holiday gifts for friends, family, co-workers, teachers, you name it! Everybody loves a warm mug of hot chocolate. While I do buy the pre-made packets, homemade mix is always a special treat. There are no weird added ingredients and you can get creative with the mix. It’s made with just 4 ingredients: powdered milk, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and some chocolate. You can use dark chocolate powder and dark chocolate if you want a richer hot cocoa. I also highly recommend a good quality cocoa powder (like dutch process) if you can as I think it can make a difference with the overall taste of the hot chocolate.

Buy some jars, cute labels, and pretty ribbon and make some sweet little gifts for your loved ones! I think it would also be really cute to do a hot cocoa kit complete with a jar of the hot cocoa mix, a couple of cute mugs, and some mini marshmallows for the topping!

Hot Cocoa mix in a glass jar with a spoon on red napkin with a green ribbon

Mug of homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows on top

Hot Cocoa mix in a glass jar on red napkin with a green ribbon
Yield: about 6 cups

Hot Cocoa Mix

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Hot Cocoa Mix - The perfect homemade gifts for friends or teachers! Make your own hot chocolate mix with just four simple ingredients!


  • 2 cups non-fat powdered milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (dutch process is great; can also use dark chocolate powder)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (can adjust to taste)
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate (can also use milk chocolate or dark chocolate)


  1. Add the powdered milk, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is well-combined and is in a fine powder. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Then add the chocolate to the food processor and process until the chocolate is broken down into a powder. Add the chocolate to the powdered milk mixture and stir until well-combined. Transfer the mix to jars or an airtight container.
  2. To make the hot cocoa, add about 2 tablespoons of mix to every 8 ounces of warm milk or water (or feel free to add more mix to taste if desired).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

approx. 3 tablespoons of mix

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 4gSugar: 67gProtein: 12g

Hot Cocoa mix in a glass jar on red napkin with a green ribbon