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Wintry Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
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Wintry Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

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"I first tasted this warming beverage on a camping trip in the mountains," recalls Ruby Gibson of Newton, North Carolina. "It was a wonderful treat on those crisp mornings."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 6-2/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1 package (5 ounces) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Miniature marshmallows, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 259 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 275 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months. Yield: 21 servings (about 7 cups total).
  2. To prepare hot cocoa: Stir mix before measuring. Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in boiling water. Top with miniature marshmallows if desired. Yield: 1 serving per batch.
Originally published as Hot Cocoa Mix in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p14

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Excellent! Try it using french vanilla creamer....mmm mmm good!"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"This recipe is absolutely fantastic and makes such a big batch... I'll have plenty of hot cocoa for a while!

I did make one change to the recipe, instead of using regular baking cocoa, I substituted Hershey's Special Dark baking cocoa which makes it very rich and wonderful!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"There is no cocoa mix out there that's better than this one. I make it every year---it makes the Best, most creamy hot cocoa ever."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"This is the best hot cocoa mix I've ever made. The pudding makes it rich and creamy. My kids like it better than store-bought cocoa mixes."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"recipe looked quick and good, "

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