Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
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Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

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We make batches of this minty, malted milk-flavored hot chocolate to give as gifts. Be prepared—friends will return the jars for refills! —Sara Tatham, Plymouth, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep Time: 30 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1-1/3 cups chocolate malted milk powder
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons powdered nondairy creamer
  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes (about 40 mini candy canes)
  • 3/4 cup hot water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving prepared hot cocoa: 315 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mix chocolate drink mix, malted milk powder and baking cocoa. In another bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and creamer.
  2. In each of four 1-pint canning jars, layer 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder, 3/4 cup chocolate mixture, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar mixture, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1/4 cup candy canes, pouring ingredients through a large funnel or a waxed-paper cone. Press candy canes down to fit if needed.
  3. Cover and store in a cool dry place up to 2 months (mixture will settle). To use, transfer contents of jar to a covered container or large resealable plastic bag; mix well.
  4. To prepare hot cocoa: Place 1/3 cup combined mix in a mug; stir in 3/4 cup hot water until blended. Yield: 20 servings (6-2/3 cups hot cocoa mix).
Originally published as Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix in Taste of Home December 2014, p7

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djconnet User ID: 8010958 238055
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I have a question. I have been trying to make this and layer it in the one-pint jars as it directs but no matter how tight I pat each layer I cannot get it to fit. In fact, I don't get past the second layer (the chocolate mixture) before it overflows. Am I missing something or doing something wrong? Please answer asap as i was trying to give these out for Thanksgiving."

cindiak User ID: 221828 217565
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Gave this out to friends during the holidays and they loved it. I added another layer of crushed candy canes in the middle for extra color."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 201139
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"This hot cocoa mix was a hit with my family! It has a rich, gourmet quality to it. We added whipped cream and additional crushed candy canes on top. I'll be making these for my kids' teachers for Christmas."

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