Best Ever Hot Cocoa Mix

January 9, 2012 | By andrea | Filed in: Beverages, Chocolate, Food Gifts, Recipes.

Rich and chocolatey, this homemade hot cocoa mix is easy to make and a perfect treat on a cold winter day! You might be thinking, “Why do I need to make it from scratch when I can buy it in little packets at the store?” Well, it makes a nice gift for a chocolate lover when packaged in a pretty jar (just be sure to include directions on how much cocoa mix and milk to use per mug). Also, there’s no funky additives or preservatives. Plus, it’s easy to make so why not?

The recipe calls for using white chocolate chips. I have found that not all brands are created equally. In fact, some white chips I’ve tasted are downright nasty and artificial tasting. The only brand of white chocolate chips I buy are Guittard Choc-Au-Lait Baking Chips. Not all stores carry them so I usually stock up on a few bags when I find them. It really comes down to what tastes good to you…find a white chocolate chip you like and go with that. Now if it were only snowing outside…!

Best-Ever Hot Cocoa Mix
-recipe from Cook’s Country Magazine February/March 2007

Why this recipe works:
We wanted a recipe for hot cocoa that was creamy, rich, and big on chocolate flavor. Nonfat dry milk lent our Hot Cocoa Mix recipe a sweet dairy flavor, especially when we reconstituted the mix with hot milk instead of hot water. Confectioners’ sugar worked best in our recipe because it dissolved quickly, and cornstarch helped thicken the hot cocoa. And for complex chocolate flavor and a soft, creamy texture, we used a combination of white chocolate and cocoa powder.

Makes about 20 servings

3 cups nonfat dry milk
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients in large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse ingredients in food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months. To make hot cocoa, stir 1/3 cup of this mix into 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.


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One comment on “Best Ever Hot Cocoa Mix

  1. Darlene says:

    Yum! I think the white chocolate chips are the secret ingredient! I believe that I will have to try this!