Hot Cocoa Mix


Because hot cocoa is synonymous with cold weather, I often make up large batches of cocoa mix for the family to enjoy. It is a great way to warm up and make that harsh weather a little more bearable (It is also a great way to use up my powdered dry milk that I have in the pantry). For the coffee lovers, add some instant coffee granules to add a little more punch to this tasty concoction.

If you’re looking for a low cost gift to give your child’s teachers this year, make up a batch of this cocoa mix and add it to a decorated mason jar and viola! The teachers will love this gift that keeps on giving!

Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup instant coffee granules, optional
  • broken peppermint pieces, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or mini marshmallows

Makes 4 cups


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, milk powder, creamer, cocoa and instant coffee. Mix together until well blended. Store in a sealed container.
  2. To serve, Heat a cup of water per serving (or milk, for a creamier taste.) Stir in 2 to 3 heaping teaspoons of cocoa mixture.

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Originally published November 30th, 2012
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  • Rhonda Anne

    How would these   be for long time storage?

    • Hi Rhonda,

      You could store this mix for up to 12 months as long as it’s in an airtight container and away from sunlight, moisture or exposed to oxygen.

  • Jody Williams Warshawsky

    So cute, what size mason jars did you use?

    • Tess

      Hi Jody,

      I used wide mouth 16 ounce jars, but any size will do!

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