This homemade hot cocoa recipe is simply delicious and made with real food ingredients. You can also make a DIY hot cocoa mix to gift to friends and family. I’ll share how to customize with your favorite flavors too – like peppermint hot cocoa and cinnamon hot cocoa.
Need an inexpensive DIY gift idea or just want a homemade hot cocoa mix on hand to make for your family?
Try this homemade hot cocoa mix. It’s made with real food ingredients – including unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt and organic sugar. You can even omit the sugar, and add raw honey, organic maple syrup, or coconut sugar as a sweetener. This homemade hot cocoa recipe is gluten free and free of artificial colors.
How to Make this Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix – Step By Step
Add entire contents to a bowl and mix well.
Store in a quart-sized Mason jar.
For each serving, use 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix and stir in 1 cup of hot milk.
OPTIONAL: Top with whipped cream, and add a dash of cinnamon or a drop of Peppermint essential oil.
An Easy Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
I love this make-ahead homemade hot cocoa mix to keep in the pantry and have my kids just scoop out a serving (1/3 cup) in a mug and add hot milk. It’s so easy and so much better than those hot cocoa packets from the store.
Simply layer the dry ingredients in a 1-quart Mason jar. If you choose to use raw honey or maple syrup, omit from the dry mix. Add it in at the time you’re making a serving of hot cocoa. I suggest just add in 1-2 tsp of honey or maple syrup in a mug and add more as needed to your taste.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
If you want to flavor your hot cocoa mix, you can add peppermint or cinnamon. Both taste delicious. I like to use them when I make a single serving of hot cocoa. I top it off with some whipped cream and then add either peppermint or cinnamon.
Hot Cocoa Options
One of the great things about making hot chocolate from scratch is that you can vary it to your tastes and mood!
- If you want the cocoa extra rich, add some half and half.
- If you want the drink less sweet, add bittersweet/dark chocolate chips.
- If you’re after a healthier drink, use skim milk or almond milk, and reduce the sugar a touch.
- As well as peppermint, other flavor options could be cinnamon, peppermint extract, a shot of espresso, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Make a DIY Hot Cocoa Mix Gift
If you’re making this as a DIY gift, layer the dry ingredients in a quart-sized Mason jar. Add a gift tag that says:
Add entire contents to a bowl and mix well. For each serving, add 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix to a mug and add 1 cup of hot milk. Stir well and enjoy.
It costs about $5 to make in a reusable Mason jar, and it’s a fantastic gift for friends, teachers, neighbors, etc. Just layer each ingredient and top with a lid and a decorative ribbon (I love raffia or twine for an rustic look). You can even omit the sugar and let the recipient add it or use raw honey or other natural sweetener.
Top Tips For Homemade Hot Cocoa
- If you want to cut down on sugar, you can use coconut sugar.
- Makes a great gift.
- Add a dash of peppermint essential oil for a delicious mint choc drink.
- Top with whipped cream!
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Homemade Hot Cocoa + DIY Gift Mix
- Add entire contents to a bowl and mix well.
- Store in a quart-sized Mason jar.
- For each serving, use 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix and stir in 1 cup of hot milk.
- OPTIONAL: Top with whipped cream, and add a dash of cinnamon or a drop of Peppermint essential oil.
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