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Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

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 (6-2/3 cups hot cocoa mix)


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, mix chocolate drink mix, malted milk powder and baking cocoa. In another bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and creamer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • djconnet
    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
    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
    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.