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 User ID: 1636860 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 User ID: 6800700 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 User ID: 337932 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 User ID: 5002075 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 User ID: 3354826 119296
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

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

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