With just four ingredients, including a secret ingredient, you will have a Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix on hand to enjoy. Just add hot water and you'll be sipping on a cup of creamy instant hot chocolate in just minutes.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
When it's cold outside and you need something to warm you up, there's no need to run out to the store. Simply have some Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix in your pantry and you'll be cozy and warm in just a matter of minutes.
With just four ingredients, our from scratch recipe is easy to make and will last in an airtight container for several weeks.
A delicious way to show your love on Valentine's Day is with a simmering cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and festive sprinkles, because really, chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand, agree?
Best Hot Chocolate Mix
No more buying expensive hot chocolate mix, filled with so much sugar, from the grocery store. Now you can control how much sugar you'll have in your warm chocolate drink. Homemade is so much better than store-bought, for sure!
Cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, powdered dry milk, and the magic ingredient, cornstarch, come together with hot water or hot milk for the best cup of hot chocolate ever!
And why is cornstarch the secret ingredient you ask? Cornstarch will give your warm drink a creamy, silky mouth feel and that’s what makes this the best homemade hot cocoa mix recipe ever.
And if you love hot chocolate then you need to try our Italian Hot Chocolate recipe. It’s like nothing you’ve ever had before, unless of course you’ve been to Italy and indulged. It’s so thick you may even need a spoon to “drink” it.
Our homemade hot cocoa recipe makes a delicious foodie gift too!
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Hot Chocolate FAQ’s
Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?
Using whole milk to make hot chocolate will give your drink more creaminess and richness than water.
To make a thicker and richer hot chocolate, make it with milk and substitute ¼ cup of cream for milk.
What is hot chocolate and coffee mixed together called?
Hot chocolate and coffee mixed together is known as caffe mocha or mocha coffee.
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How to make homemade hot chocolate mix
Scroll down for the full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts in the recipe card below
- In a bowl combine confectioners sugar, powdered milk, cocoa powder and cornstarch
- Whisk together until smooth, blended and free of any lumps
- Store in an airtight container
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Add coffee for a mocha coffee drink
- Top with whipped cream
- Add mini marshmallows
- Garnish with Valentine sprinkles
- Can’t have sugar? Just replace the confectioners sugar with Swerve confectioners sugar!
- Replace hot water with hot milk for a richer drink
- Make it indulgent and use ¾ cup milk and ¼ cup heavy cream in place of 1 cup water
- Replace the water with your favorite plant-based milk
Homemade hot cocoa mix
- Takes just minutes to put together
- Is easy to store
- Makes a great foodie gift
- Is fun for kids to make
Hot cocoa single serving recipe
- Place ½ cup mix in a mug
- Add 1 cup hot water or hot milk
- Stir until smooth and blended
Ingredients for DIY hot chocoalte mix
- confectioners’ sugar
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- powdered milk
Hot Chocolate Recipes
- Hot Chocolate Bar
- Hot Chocolate Mug Cake
- Mexican Hot Chocolate from Restless Chipotle
- Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate from Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Combine confectioners sugar, powdered milk, cocoa powder and cornstarch in a bowl.
- Using a whisk, whisk until mixture is smooth, blended and free of any lumps. If necessary, put the mixture through a sifter to remove any lumps.
- Store in an airtight container.
- For 1 serving: Combine ½ cup cocoa mix and 1 cup hot water or hot milk
- Replace 1 cup of hot water with 1 cup of hot milk for a richer drink
- Add coffee for a mocha coffee drink
- Add a candy cane stirrer for a peppermint mocha drink
- Top with whipped cream and Valentine sprinkles
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Be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in the Valentine’s Day event and check out their recipes!
Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Easy Chocolate Mousse from Allison of Celebrating Sweets
Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies from Sheila of Life, Love, and Good Food
Lemon Biscotti from Jenn of Ever AFTER IN THE WOODS
Easy Cream Cheese Candies from Kelly of Live Laugh Rowe
Cornflake Cookies from All The Good Cookies from Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm
Strawberry Mochi Cookies from Heather of Delicious Not Gorgeous
Red Velvet Valentine Brownies Recipe from Jennifer of The Rebel Chick
Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe from Faith of An Edible Mosaic
Chinese Five-Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies from Bridget of Bake at 350
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake from Ashley of Spoonful of Flavor
Double Chocolate M&M Cookies from Melissa of Persnickety Plates
Raspberry Lemon Macaroons from Sue of It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Raspberry Curd from Holly of A Baker's House
Red Velvet Brownies from Kelly of Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats
Toffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches from Audrey of That Recipe
Creamy Raspberry Sherbet Pandemic Punch from Laura of Untwisted Vintage
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cake Balls from Lindsey of Lindsey Loo's Bakery
Chocolate Covered Oreo Pops for Valentine's Day from Heather of Totally Tailgates
Amaretto Cherry Swirl Cake from Samantha of Haute Pepper Bites
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Bundt Cake from Elaine of Small Farm Big Life
Easy Strawberry Mousse from Caroline of Caroline's Cooking
Cornflake Cookies from All The Good Cookies #HelpingCookies from Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm
Vanilla Bean Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies from Colleen of Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Neapolitan Cookies Recipe from Lisa of Blogghetti
Small Batch Almond Thumbprint Cookies from Lauren of Healthy Delicious
Kahlua Truffles from Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Red Velvet Brownie Cups from Nikki of Soulfully Made
Triple Chocolate Trifles from Coleen of The Redhead Baker
Cast Iron Skillet Cookie For Two from Aimee of Aimee Broussard
Festive Puppy Chow from Erin of The Speckled Palate
Chewy White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Hot Chocolate Bombs for Valentine's Day from Anna-Marie of Beauty and the Beets
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Lisa of Taste Cook Sip
Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles from Betsy of The JavaCupcake Blog
Cherry Blossom Cookies from Carolann of Apron Warrior
Chocolate Mint Frappuccino Cookies from Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAs
Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes from Kate of Kate's Recipe Box
Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies from Shashi of Savory Spin
Funfetti Cookie Bars from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Grapefruit Poppyseed Cake from Michelle of Cold Weather Comfort
White Rabbit Candy Cookies from Linda of Ketchup with Linda
Baby Yoda Valentine’s Day Cookies to Support Cookies for Kid’s Cancer from Jenn of justJENN recipes
Salted Peanut Butter Pretzel Cowboy Cookies from Bree of Baked Bree
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Bombs from Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from Gwynn of Swirls of flavor
Cherry Chocolate Chip No Bake Cheesecake from Stefanie of Stef's Eats and Sweets
Valentine's Day Homemade Ding Dongs from TammyJo of The Chocolate Cult
Guava Macarons with Coconut Buttercream from Lindsay of Anchored Baking
Valentines Pink Dessert Charcuterie Board for Kids from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Hot Chocolate Cookies from Amanda of A Cookie Named Desire
Cóctel de Camarones from Rebekah of Kitchen Gidget
Cuccidati (Italian Fig Cookies) from Amy of The Nifty Foodie
Lemon Poppyseed Heart Shaped Sandwich Cookies from Lisa of Garlic & Zest
Valentine's Day Almond Flour Brownies from Kaitlin of I Can Cook That
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake from Trang of Wild Wild Whisk