Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Curled up under a soft cozy blanket with a steaming cup of cocoa radiating heat, that is where you can find me all winter long.  I love a good cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows on top, of course.  In the past I used the store bought packets, not realizing just how ridiculously simple and inexpensive it is to make hot cocoa mix.

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Not only is homemade cocoa mix easy to make, it tastes great and you have complete control over the ingredients.  My mix recipe has less sugar than most because I prefer a rich chocolaty cocoa.  I also included a bit of Ovaltine because it adds a slight malty flavor in the background.  But feel free to omit this ingredient if you are not a fan.  Most cocoa recipes call for powdered milk but I left this ingredient out because I didn’t think it added much to the flavor.  I also found that the powdered milk did not fully dissolve and clumps settled at the bottom of my mug . . . Yuck! 

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe



1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Powdered Coffee Creamer
1/2 cup Chocolate Malt Ovaltine

Thoroughly mix all ingredients, I use a fork to combine powders.  Transfer to an air tight container and use within three months.Feel free to change the measurements to fit your tastes.  If you prefer a sweet dessert hot cocoa, increase the amount of powdered sugar.  Flavored coffee creamer instead of plain would make a wonderful cup of cocoa as well.

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When you are in the mood for a toasty treat, just heat your desired amount of milk.  Add 3-4 tablespoons of cocoa mix per 1 cup of milk.  What goes best with your very own hot cocoa blend? Homemade Marshmallows!  My Mom made these amazing marshmallows and shared the recipe on her blog, Love and Food.  To take a peek at her recipe: Click Here.

Homemade hot cocoa mix is a terrific last minute gift idea.  Or, make it for yourself and enjoy a nice relaxing mug full.  Wishing you all a safe, happy and warm holiday season!You May Also Like:
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  1. Yum! Hot cocoa is the best, and I’m super excited to try making my own mix so I can just have it whenever I want! Thanks for the recipe, I’m pinning this for sure, and I included it in my roundup of 11 warm, delicious fall drinks that went up this morning!

  2. Aww that little heart marshmallow ♥

  3. This sounds fabulous. And would make a great homemade Christmas gift. Is this gluten free?
    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!


    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Peggy! It is gluten free. Just make sure that the powdered coffee creamer that you use is labeled as gluten free because that varies depending on the product/brand. Have a wonderful week!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Peggy, It just dawned on me that this cocoa recipe also includes Ovaltine. For gluten free I would suggest omitting this ingredient. The Ovaltine package states that it may contain wheat. Hope you enjoy 😀

  4. I needed this cocoa mix in my life! Thank you so much for sharing on Frugal Girls. I can’t wait to give it away as presents for Christmas!!

  5. Nicole, Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me on this!!!

  6. Kim Gilbertson says:

    Sounds good! As per the powdered milk, another recipe I saw says to run it through the food processor to get rid of those nasty clumps.

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