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Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


20 servings (6-2/3 cups hot cocoa mix)

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
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
Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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; 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.

Nutrition 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.

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