Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

by Anna Taylor on December 22, 2017 in Budget Friendly, Engaging the Senses, Food, Fun, Holidays, Homemaking, Hospitality

This time of year seems perfect to share this recipe for easy, homemade hot cocoa.

I’ve always made most everything from scratch. My family thinks the food tastes so much better than store bought. From icing for cakes, to candies, and even hot cocoa mixes. And besides, pre-packaged mixes, and even other items are filled with all kinds of preservatives.

Take pre-packaged hot cocoa mix for example. It contains things like…

  • Dipotassium phosphate – Wikipedia says this is “a highly-water soluble salt which is often used as a fertilizer, food additive  and buffering agent. It is a common source of phosphorus and potassium.” Yikes!
  • Mono- and Diglycerides – These are emulsifiers that hold the hydrogenated fat together with the water you’re about to add. Okay.
  • Carrageenan – It is a thickener, made from seaweed. Although in previous drug studies of new drugs, it has been shown to cause inflammation.
  • Artificial Flavor? Hmm

I could expand on more health concerns, but you get the idea. And while these homemade mixes don’t have a shelf life as long as pre-packaged products, they’re better for you in the long run. So much better.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix


  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups Powdered Milk or Instant Nonfat Dry Milk


  1. In a large bowl, sift the confectioner’s sugar, then the unsweetened cocoa, to get rid of any lumps. Stir in the powdered milk, and whisk well until everything is combined. I use an easy, tried-and-true method when recipes call for sifting confectioner’s sugar or cocoa. You can find my kitchen tip method in the link below –

    Kitchen Tip – How to Sift Powdered Sugar The Easy Way

    I also use the back of a large, plastic spoon to break up any remaining lumps.

  2. In a large bowl, sift the confectioner’s sugar, then the unsweetened cocoa, to get rid of any lumps. Stir in the powdered milk, and whisk well until everything is combined.
  3. Store mixes in clean, dry mason jars or any other airtight container. Add mini marshmallows to the container, if desired.

• This can be stored in the pantry for up to 6 months.

When you want to make hot cocoa, combine equal parts hot cocoa mix and hot water and stir well.

Tips for the perfect cup of hot cocoa:
• I suggest 1/2 cup mix to 1/2 cup hot water for the perfect portion.
• To avoid lumps of cocoa on top of the water add the cocoa mix to the cup first, then add hot water.

These homemade mixes make wonderful gifts, too.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” – John 1:14

Thanks be to God!

~Merry Christmas~


Anna Taylor

Anna is the devoted wife and helpmate to her beloved husband Dr. Robert Taylor. Having always loved the Proverbs 31 woman, she felt her calling to be a stay-at-home mother to their four children. Though she and her husband are now empty nesters, Anna still enjoys being there for her children just as she was when they lived at home. She has a heart for God and is strong in her faith as a Christian. She used her skills for homemaking and frugality to raise their children and now uses those same skills to be a blessing to others through her blog. Anna also practices the art of hospitality and enjoys cooking and sharing her faith to feed the body as well as the soul. Her hobbies include crafting, gardening, fitness and photography, and she can be found at The Joyful Wife or on Face Book.

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