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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot chocolate, or cocoa is a staple at our house. We all love it, except my husband. And he loves so much to be warm that he still has quite a bit of it in the cooler months.

I grew up with the packaged mix stuff, which can do in a pinch. But it’s not my favorite.

But my dad spent several years perfecting this dry mix. In my personal opinion, I think he’s done it.

This is the best mix I’ve ever had. It’s creamy and chocolatey and it mixes really well. You know how sometimes with mixes it all just clumps and takes a lot of work to get it mixed into the liquid and even then you sometimes find chunks? This does not do that. A few stirs and it turns into rich chocolate creaminess.

I did make a few alterations from my dad’s recipe. First I add just a bit of cocoa, because I really like dark chocolate. The other change isn’t really a change, but an option. I’ve started using flavored coffee creamer instead of just plain. It gives it a little bit of flavor and makes it fun. I’ve tried vanilla, caramel, and last year they even had Girl Scout Cookie flavors of dry coffee creamer! So, see what you can find or even what you already have.

We of course like it with a few miniature marshmallows, because that’s still the funnest part of hot cocoa.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 20 servings


  • 3 cups chocolate Nesquick
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups non-fat instant dry milk
  • 1 1/4 cup dry coffee creamer, any flavor (like Coffee Mate)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk to combine well.
  2. Keep in an airtight container.
  3. To make the cocoa:
  4. Mix 1/3 cup of cocoa mix with a mug of hot water.


Recipe adapted from Kirk Dexter.


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4 thoughts on “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

  1. A tip from someone who’s been making her own for a couple years now.

    Don’t use store bought Nesquick or creamer, they both have chemicals in them. If you’re going to go out of your way to make this, then do yourself (and your health) a favor and learn how to make your own nesquick (unsweetened cocoa and sugar) and creamer (milk powder and flavoring of choice, vanilla extract is one)

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