Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix

Instant cocoa is a fine concept, but most commercial mixes aren’t exactly packed with quality ingredients or flavor. My signature instant cocoa blend will fortify you through winter’s worst. My homemade marshmallows go pretty good with this mix too. Just sayin’.

Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  • 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch or more to taste ground cayenne pepper*, optional
  • Hot milk or water to serve
  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt, cornstarch and cayenne in a large airtight container. Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine, and remember to shake prior to every extraction.
  2. To serve: Place 2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and add about 2 fluid ounces hot water or milk. Stir to combine. Fill the mug with more hot water or milk and enjoy.

* The Aztecs always added chiles to their chocolate. Even a pinch ups the flavor ante quite a bit, and as called for here certainly won’t be sensed as “heat.”
No matter — this is fast, easy and will keep for a year if kept in an airtight container in a cool place.



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  1. 1

    @J the Reload episode for this recipe did recommend toasting the powdered milk on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Then using a food processor for a few pulses to make the mixture finer (removing the lumps). It makes a toasted caramel flavor.

  2. 4

    Merideth, I’ve never heard of dry heavy cream powder, I am going to have to investigate. This is a good thing to know about!!

  3. 5
    Merideth Murphy

    I made this but needed to use erythritol instead of sugar, I used 2.5 C of that, and also subbed the dry nonfat milk for dry heavy cream powder. It is delicious, and better than anything I’ve purchased in the store! These subs make this recipe keto friendly! Perhaps on a cheat day, I’ll make some with regular confectioners sugar

  4. 6
    Fra La

    I never buy hot chocolate mix anymore because it’s just not as delicious as I want it to be. This morning my craving for hot chocolate brought me here. Enjoying a steaming mug of it right now, mmmmmmm. Also, added a shake of ground cinnamon to the mix. Thank you. It’s a keeper!

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