DIY Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
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DIY Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

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Because we live in Idaho and have long, cold winters, hot chocolate is a staple for our family. With this make-ahead mix, a warm cup can be ready in the time it takes to pull off the mittens. —Tracy Dalin, Gooding, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min.
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min.
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows, optional
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
  • 3/4 cup hot 2% milk


  1. In a large airtight container, mix the first five ingredients. If desired, stir in marshmallows and chocolate chips. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  2. To prepare hot cocoa: Place 1/3 cup mix in a mug. Stir in hot milk until blended. Yield: 21 servings (7 cups hot cocoa mix).
Originally published as DIY Hot Cocoa Mix in Taste of Home December/January 2013, p95

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emg213 182268
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"I was in search of an easy, yet tasty DIY hot cocoa mix that I can serve at my daughter's birthday party (we are having a hot cocoa bar). It is easy to make and turned out quite well. I did substitute the plain non dairy creamer for vanilla creamer which gave it some extra flavor."

Simpsoan 135723
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"This takes a lot of ingredients and to me really doesn't taste like anything special. But I made as small presents this year and gave them away with the "Chocolate Hazelnut Spoons" everyone loved it and thought it was a cute idea."

Haman 186715
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"This is the best cocoa recipe I have ever had. I bought my ingredients at Aldi. I didn't use the marshmallow or chocolate chips, I thought that would make it too sweet. The first cup I made I used the 2% milk. It was too rich for my taste, so I tried using the 3/4 cup water and the taste was much better. I made up batches to give to my Grandchildren at Christmas. After they use theirs, perhaps I can write there comments."

jparkos 137127
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Bought all the ingredients and made this yesterday. The after taste was so awful we dumped everything. I would love to know the brand names others are using as I tried a few things to "fix" it and nothing worked. When kids won't even try chocolate again, there is an issue. I'll go back to Swiss Miss packs."

cindyloupfei 119296
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"Very good - the grandkids loved it. I will serve this for the Christmas get together."

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