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Mint Cocoa Mix

I've made this beverage mix many times as Christmas gifts for neighbors and our three sons' teachers. The mint flavor makes the warm drink so refreshing, you'll want to make extra to keep around your house, too. — LaVonne Hegland, Saint Michael, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    53 servings (17-2/3 cups hot cocoa mix)


  • 7-1/2 cups instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1 package (25.6 ounces) nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 25 peppermint candies, crushed
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup hot whole milk


  • Combine the first five ingredients. Divide into gift bags or place in an airtight container, adding miniature marshmallows as desired. Mix may be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  • To prepare hot cocoa: Place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug. Stir in hot milk until blended. Add as many marshmallows as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup prepared mint cocoa: 296 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • jackie.baker
    Jun 11, 2020

    Very good! I made this and given it as Christmas gifts with homemade marshmallows!

  • YLindsay
    Dec 17, 2016

    This was VERY creamy also VERY good. Oh and when she says use a large bowl - USE A LARGER BOWL. I used Nestle's Hot Cocoa mix (it says add either hot water or milk) I had to try it. I used the 1/3 cup to 8 oz. hot water and it was very creamy (probably wouldn't use milk). Oh and I also added like 40 of the peppermint candies (as I had bought a rather large bag of them). I too made this for Christmas gifts - hope they like it too.

  • timberchick13
    Dec 16, 2015

    My kids loved it! This will become a new tradition to make this hot chocolate every Christmas!

  • misscoffeepot
    Dec 15, 2014

    easy peasy to prepare. I made this for Christmas gifts. Next time I would add a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder, as perhaps the chocolate drink mix I used was not chocolaty enough. I found this makes up just as nice with water.

  • ldeniseh
    Nov 11, 2012

    Dreamy, Dreamy, Dreamy! I make this every Christmas for home and as gifts!

  • avosk
    Dec 24, 2011

    This is an awesome recipe! We will be using this for a long time! (For those who use cups instead of ounces, use 7-2/3 cups chocolate powder and 6-1/4 cups dry milk powder.)

  • cjva
    Dec 16, 2011

    I have made this recipe to give to friends and neighbors every Christmas for the last several years. Everyone love it!

  • goodelli
    Dec 1, 2011

    I had to use a large stock pot to mix this in. I bought the instant chocolate drink mix and the nonfat dry milk powder in a wholesale store so the packaging was larger. I do not own a scale, so I estimated what was needed in cups....I used 7 cups of the chocolate mix and 6 cups of the nonfat dry milk. I made several containers to give as gifts and of course I had to try it first. It is delicious, better than the store bought hot chocolate mixes I usually buy. I crushed the peppermint candies in my mini food processor, and it did an excellent job, made it into a powder. I was a little nervous that it was going to crack the bowl, but I was lucky. I will be making this again!

  • beksand
    Jan 18, 2010

    This is the only hot chocolate we can drink now. My husband and sons love it! I dont mix with milk either, just hot water and its still fabulous. I add cocoa powder, powdered sugar and vanilla to real whipped cream and serve it with the hot chocolate. Yummy!

  • gloriarapson
    Dec 5, 2008

    I've had this recipe for 25 plus years also as such, but we never added it to milk because it has milk in it already.... But I also didn't add the candy to the mix, BUT I serve it with a scoop of Cool whip on top and a pepperment stick to flavor.Gloria