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DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

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 (7 cups hot cocoa mix)


  • 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


  • In a large airtight container, mix the first 5 ingredients. If desired, stir in marshmallows and chocolate chips. Store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.
  • To prepare hot cocoa: Place 1/3 cup mix in a mug. Stir in hot milk until blended.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup prepared hot cocoa: 246 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Rhonda
    Dec 5, 2020

    I believe there is a mistake in this recipe. I know it's very old, but I still think that this is a perfectly great Hot Chocolate Mix. The problem or mistake is that it asks to use hot milk to mix it with, but it should definitely say hot water instead! Hot Milk with all the dry milk and creamer would make it too rich and unpalatable.

  • Hailiepoo
    Jun 10, 2013

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  • emg213
    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.

  • lookin4dinner
    Jan 20, 2013

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  • Simpsoan
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 1, 2012

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