December 16, 2012

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Growing up, my mom always made us homemade hot cocoa.  This stuff is the BEST!  I can promise you won't find a mix at the grocery store that even comes close.  I happen to think its even better than one of the most famous coffee shop's hot cocoa too.

This makes a very nice handmade gift for someone.  Fill a quart sized canning jar about 3/4 full of the hot cocoa mix, top with about 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows and about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.  After placing the lid on the jar, tie a nice ribbon around the rim with a cute tag that gives the name of the contents and the serving size (1/3 cup mix to 8 - 10 oz hot water). Package up in a gift bag or basket along with a coffee mug and a baked good.  Perfect gift for a colleague or a teacher to show your appreciation.

Here is mom's recipe with some tweaks that I've made to suit my tastes.


1 - 21.8 oz canister of Nestlé Nesquik®
1 cup natural unsweetened baking cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1 - 8 oz. container of coffee creamer 
2 cups non fat powdered milk


1.  Add about 3/4 of the canister of Nestlé Nesquik® to a large bowl. 

2.  Add unsweetened baking cocoa, powdered sugar, coffee creamer and non fat powdered milk.*

3.  Mix well and store in an airtight container in pantry.  If stored properly, this mix should last approximately 6 months.

4.  Add approximately 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix to a large mug. 

5.  Add hot water to mug and stir to mix.

6.  Top with either mini marshmallows or whipped cream and a sprinkle of unsweetened cocoa for decoration.

7.  Enjoy!

*Note:  After mixing initial ingredients together, I usually test it out by adding about 1 tablespoon of mix to 1/2 cup of hot water.  Then I adjust ingredients to taste. . .add more of any of the above ingredients based on your preference.  If you prefer sweeter hot cocoa, add a little more powdered sugar.  If you like a creamier hot cocoa, add some additional coffee creamer or powdered milk.  If you like a richer chocolate taste, add some additional unsweetened baking cocoa. 

I like mine extra creamy and chocolaty so I usually use the extra creamy coffee creamer instead of the regular and add some additional unsweetened baking cocoa to my mixture.


  1. I made this as gifts this year! Great post!

  2. This looks yummy Kelly! Since I refuse to do math - how many servings does your recipe make? I think I will make this to keep on hand for my kids. I wouldn't have thought of the powdered sugar.

    1. It serves oodles from this recipe. Meaning it will feed your crew multiple times! I've never calculated number of servings in the recipe to be honest with you. I tend to tweak it each time I make it so the measurements aren't completely accurate. Let me know when you figure it out, will ya? (you know I'm going to have to figure it out now, right?)


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