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
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  1. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  2. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
  3. 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  4. 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
  5. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  6. 1 pinch (or more to taste) ground cayenne pepper*, optional
  7. 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.
  1. * 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."
  2. 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

    It sounds wonderful. When adding more hot water, after mixing with 2 ounces, how much more is safe to add? Our mugs are bigger than some and hold more than 6-8 ounces. Thank you.

  2. 3
    Kevin McKnight

    Pro tip: use the internet and buy some full-on fat dried milk. It makes a world of difference. This is hot cocoa we’re talking about here, not a protein shake.

  3. 6

    I made a batch of Hot Cocoa mix back in high school that was the best around. Unfortunately, I no longer have the recipe. I remember it used powdered milk and non-dairy creamer along with the chocolate and sugar. I will make a batch based on the recipe above and if it is better than the recipe above I will share my recipe.

  4. 8
    Bob Pierce

    Katie….You did not finish reading instruction #2. It says”Stir to combine. Fill the mug with more hot water or milk and enjoy.” Now it’s not a paste.

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