Hot Chocolate Mix

12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Hot Chocolate Mix is easy to make with confectioner’s sugar, cocoa, powdered milk, and mini marshmallows for a rich, creamy hot drink.

This Hot Cocoa Mix makes the perfect Drink for cold, wintry days when you want something yummy and warm to cuddle up with. Finish with tasty homemade extras like Easy Whipped Cream or Homemade Marshmallows!

Hot Chocolate Mix Prepared in Glass Mug with Marshmallows and Chocolate Sauce

There are plenty of brands of hot chocolate that you can find at the grocery store, but none come close to this Hot Cocoa Mix recipe. Combining the simple ingredients is quicker than running to the store and cheaper too. Simply mix it with hot water to make the most incredible cup of hot chocolate ever!

Once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll want to add Hot Chocolate Drinks to every occasion. They’re great for a cozy drink on a winter night. You can also enjoy them for a holiday treat with your favorite Christmas cookies like cut-out sugar cookies, Butter Cookies, or Gingerbread Cookies.

Hot Chocolate Mix ingredients in large glass bowl

This Hot Chocolate Mix is also easy to pack for a camping trip if you’re outdoorsy. All you need to do is heat up water over your fire to enjoy! Or, if you want to serve Hot Chocolate Drinks to party guests, make a big batch of the Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe ahead of time. Mix it with a pot of hot water or to keep the hot chocolate at the perfect temperature throughout the party, you can put it in a slow cooker set to low.

To make this as a holiday gift, pour the Hot Chocolate Mix into a mason jar and give to friends and family. You can layer in mix-ins like mini marshmallows and peppermint pieces, then tie a holiday bow around the top to finish the gift.

Hot Chocolate Mix ingredients in large glass bowl with measuring cup
How long will this homemade mix last?

One of the best things about this homemade chocolate mix is that you can make it in advance. Just whisk the dry ingredients, then transfer them to a jar or airtight plastic container. As long as you keep moisture out, the dry Hot Cocoa Mix can stay good for up to 6 months. 

Can I make extra?

Yes, you can make as much of the Hot Chocolate Mix as you like. Because it stores so well, try making a lot of the mix at once and keeping it in your pantry. You can slowly use the mixture whenever you want a homemade chocolate drink. 

Delicious Drinks

Hot Chocolate Mix ingredients in large glass bowl and in mug prepared collage

Key Ingredients

  • Confectioner’s sugar: The powdered sugar sweetens the other ingredients and doesn’t get weighed down to the bottom as granulated sugar would. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: While the sugar adds the sweetness, the cocoa powder gives the drink its rich chocolatey flavor. 
  • Dry milk: Mix powdered milk in with the dry mix. That way, when you add the hot water, it will blend into a creamy, milky consistency. 

How to Make

  • Combine Mix: Start by sifting confectioners sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Make sure that you’ve sifted out all the lumps. Add the powdered milk and stir the dry ingredients together. 
  • Add-ins: Add mini marshmallows and other add-ins to the Hot Chocolate Mix as desired.
  • Store: Put the mix in an airtight container to store at room temperature until you’re ready to use it. 
  • Make hot chocolate: When you’re ready to make the Hot Cocoa Mix into a delicious drink, heat up a kettle of water. Combine ½ cup Hot Cocoa Mix with for every 1 cup water in your mug. Stir until smooth and creamy. 

Hot Chocolate Mix ingredients in glass mug with water unmixed


  • Peppermint: Crush up a peppermint candy into a fine powder in a food processor. Stir it into the Hot Chocolate Mix. This will add a nice peppermint flavor to the cocoa mix. You can also pulse candy canes in the food processor until they’re broken into slightly large crumbs and sprinkle them over the Hot Cocoa Drink.
  • Chocolate: Instead of using unsweetened cocoa powder you can try dutch cocoa powder. Dutch powder creates a smoother, darker flavor. 
  • Mocha: Forget coffee creamer; the best thing to ever happen to coffee was hot chocolate! Combine instant coffee with this DIY homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. You’ll never want to go back to plain old coffee creamer ever again.
  • Extra creamy hot chocolate: To make hot chocolate even richer, you can substitute the hot water for milk when you prepare the drinks. Feel free to use anything from skim milk to whole milk depending on your taste. You could also try almond milk or coconut milk. 
  • Toppings: There are many different toppings that you can add to your finished cup of hot chocolate. Start with a dollop of Whipped Cream then add a boost of chocolate flavor with a drizzle of Chocolate Syrup or a sprinkling of chocolate shavings over the top. Try dusting cinnamon sugar, Salted Caramel Sauce, or adding a little coconut flavor with toasted coconut flakes. 

Hot Chocolate Mix ingredients in glass mug with water mixed

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How to Store

  • Store: After combining the dry ingredients, keep the Hot Chocolate Mix in a sealed jar or another airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months. Be sure to keep it in a dry, cool place without any moisture. 

Hot Chocolate Mix Prepared in Glass Mug with Marshmallows and Chocolate Sauce

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Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is easy to make with confectioner's sugar, cocoa, powdered milk and mini marshmallows for a rich creamy hot drink.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup cereal marshmallows


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered milk, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and marshmallows.
  • Store in an airtight container.

To Make Hot Chocolate:

  • Add ½ cup hot chocolate mix to 1 cup very hot water.
  • Stir well and let sit for 2 minutes before serving.


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 1mg

Hot Chocolate Mix Prepared in Glass Mug with Marshmallows and Chocolate Sauce collage

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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