Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

What could be more perfect than a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night?

I’ve been making this 3 ingredient hot cocoa mix for my kids for many few years now.

It’s made with plain old cocoa powder, whole milk powder, and sugar.

Milk powder may not be something everyone has on hand, but I highly recommend it for this recipe. It not only helps the cocoa powder dissolve better, but it also adds extra sweetness and a malt-like flavor to the hot chocolate.

As for sugar, the great thing about making your own cocoa mix, is you can make it as sweet (or not as sweet) as you like.

I prefer it on the less sweet side since we usually add marshmallows. My kids have never complained it wasn’t sweet enough, but every kid (and adult) is different, so sweeten it to your liking.

I also use coconut or brown sugar because it enhances the brown color and adds a nice caramelized or molasses flavor.

Mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

How to Make 3 Ingredient hot cocoa mix

In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup each of unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and dry milk powder.

Store the cocoa mix in an air tight canister or jar in the fridge.

When it’s time to make your drink, start by making a chocolate syrup first.

Mix about 1 tablespoon of cocoa mix with a few tablespoons of water. Whisk until most of the lumps are gone.

Next, choose a cooking method below for hot chocolate, or follow the instructions to make chocolate milk.

  • Microwave: Make the syrup in a microwavable mug and heat for 15-20 seconds until the cocoa is dissolved. Then add in 6-7 ounces of milk. Microwave again for 1- 1 1/2 minutes until the milk is steaming. Stir very well.

  • Stovetop: In a small saucepan, whisk together milk and the chocolate syrup. Place on medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, whisking continuously. Take off heat and pour into mug.

  • Cold Chocolate Milk: Heat the syrup a microwave safe glass for 15-20 seconds until the cocoa is dissolved. Add cold milk and stir well. Drink immediately or keep chilled 1-3 hours.

Whether you serve this as cold chocolate milk or make hot chocolate with marshmallows, I hope you give this recipe a try.

What My Kids Say:
13 year old: “It’s rich and flavorful.”
11 year old: “It has a lot of flavor.”

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Enjoy a cup of this hot cocoa on a cold winter night, or serve it cold on a hot summer day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 24 tablespoons

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (60g) whole milk powder, optional
  • ½ cup (96g) sugar (white, coconut, or brown sugar)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • dash cinnamon, optional

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients together and store in a jar or air-tight canister. Store in fridge
  • When ready to drink, prepare a chocolate “syrup” by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of cocoa mix with 1-2 tablespoons of water for each serving.

Microwave Method:

  • Heat the syrup in a mug for 15-20 seconds until the cocoa is dissolved. Next, add about 6-7 ounces of milk. Microwave again for 1- 1 1/2 minutes, until milk the is steaming. Stir very well.

Stove-Top Method:

  • Mix together the syrup on milk in a small pot. Place pot on medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, whisking continuously. Take off heat and pour into individual mugs.

Cold Milk Method:

  • Heat the syrup in a mug or glass for 15-20 seconds until the cocoa is dissolved. Add cold milk. Stir well and drink immediately or keep chilled 1-3 hours.
Keyword chocolate milk, hot chocolate, hot cocoa