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Laura’s Hot Cocoa Mix

Laura's Hot Cocoa Mix

Laura’s Hot Cocoa Mix

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Laura's Hot Cocoa Mix
4.5 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Beverages, Gifts in a JarDifficulty: Easy


cups dry mix

This hot cocoa mix is very easy to make at home and makes a great gift. Many variations available.


  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk

  • 1 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

  • 1 dash salt

  • see note on variations, below


  • Basic Mix:
  • Combine ingredients and mix well. This mix makes 4 cups of dry mix. Depending on how many gifts you want to give with one batch, you can separate it into four 8-ounce jars or two 16-ounce jars, or a single 1-quart (1 litre) jar.
  • Hot Cocoa Directions:
  • Attach the following directions to the jar, so that your recipient can make their hot cocoa with the mix: “Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix to your favorite mug and fill with boiling water. Stir to blend. Add some marshmallows or cream.”
  • Variations:
  • Add mini-marshmallows to the mix (pictured). The marshmallows get hard and dry but soften when added to hot water.
  • “Sand art” version. Do not mix the ingredients and layer them in the jar so that the jar shows different layers. If you do this, the instructions that you write out for your recipient must tell them to mix the contents of the jar. The photo shows a layer of marshmallows, a layer of the cocoa mix minus brown sugar, and a layer of brown sugar.
  • Use flavored creamers such as Hazelnut, Irish Cream, or French Vanilla.
  • Add a half package of Raspberry or Cherry unsweetened dry beverage mix (like Kool-Aid) to the cocoa mix. This can make it tart so test it and if necessary, add more sugar.
  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon to the cocoa mix.
  • Make it sugar-free by adding the equivalent amount of a 1:1 sugar replacement.
  • Single Cup / Trial Version:
  • You can test a single cup version without having to make the entire mix:
    2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1-1/2 teaspoons cocoa
    1-1/2 teaspoons non-dairy creamer


  • Recipe contributed by Laurie Sausage, who adds: “We love Hot Cocoa and have tried many recipes! Laura, my daughter, has “tweaked” this recipe to become one of our favorite homemade hot cocoa recipes. It’s very easy to make at home or share as a gift in a jar for a friend!”
  • Leslie Sausage is a freelance writer, mom and author of 100 Gift Mixes — Cocoa, Coffee, Tea and Cappuccino, an e-cookbook with variety of wonderful hot beverage mixes. For several years she ran the now-defunct Frugal Homemaker and Heart4Home websites (now offline).


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(example: Sue in LA)
My favorite hot chocolate recipe. I use hazelnut creamer, and blend it in the food processor for quicker mixing.
- Cynthia in Buffalo NY
Used it for years as presents for family and friends!
- A Baker
This is a great recipe, and no additional tweaky is needed. It is delicious as is. However I have to sub the sugar with Splenda. I can't tell the difference. I think I'll have to double the recipe in the future. This doesn't get me through the season.
- Soni in MN
made this a few months ago and loved it. and now making it as a christmas gifts. im putting it in mason jars and decorating them up some. and its an easy project for kids to help with.
- kelly in indiana
I made a boatload of the mix with my class to take home as family presents in decorated mason jars. We made it in a large tub in the middle of my classroom. Everone had a chance to stir (and to advise each other on the most efficient way to do so.) The taste of the chocolate is rich. Just be sure to add enough mix to your cup!
- Laura in Michigan
didn't seem chocolate-y enough to me when I tried the single-cup version of the recipe....can be easily fixed though.......just add more cocoa and sugar/sweetener
- Joseph in Tonawanda, NY
The above review from WY clearly didn't follow the instructions and should do so before giving such a nasty review. This is an amazing recipe! My daughter and I had a blast making it for her teachers and it tastes yummy! Thank you for giving such an easy and delicious recipe!
- NP in CO
Definitely going to make this again, my kids loved it!
- A Baker
This is the nastiest "cocoa" recipe I've ever had. I've doubled the cocoa, the sugar, creamer everything! It's watered down, flavorless. I don't know how this got so many reviews. So gross. I will never make this again or advice anyone else to make it. Now I have a big mess of "mix" that I can do nothing with.
- Toriisen in WY
First let me say I have tried recipes such as this before (hence I already had powdered milk in the kitchen). I omit the sugar, simply because I must have sugar-free. If you place all ingredients into the food processor for a minute you will see a GREAT BIT DIFFERENCE! This morning I didn't have any granulated sugar replacement, so I am just adding packets of the blue stuff per cup. I doubled the recipe and made a quart jar and 3/4ths of a pint jar (keep in mind that is withoutthe sugar). I did add a pinch of salt per recipe (any chocolate loves salt)! I promise, for those who didn't like it please put it in the food processor! In the past I have had the same result with it not turning out well....it is simply to "chunky" if you don't process it first! Thanks for the recipe! I will be stocking this!!!!!
- Kim Alcala in Gadsden, Alabama
5 Stars! Just made it and it was just like my Mom and older sister used to make when I was a kid. Doubled the recipe so now that the weather is getting cooler I'll have it made. Cheaper and better tasting than store-bought. Used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa it hit the spot. Going back for a second cup!
- Sylvia in Tieton,Wa. 
This is my 3rd year making this for the neighbors. I was not going to make it again this year, but one neighbor asked when it was coming...her kids had been asking. this is about the only hot cocoa that I drink. It's extra chocolately! YUMMY!
- Brandy K in MN
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