Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Making Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is easier than you think. Enjoy this rich, frothy treat on a cold day.


Update on kidney watch 2014: the medicine is working! I see the light at the end of the tunnel, kids. This infection is moving its way out of my system and my life is slowly normalizing.


It’s about freaking time.

Kidney infections are no joke. I don’t wish this upon anyone. Healthy kidneys for all!

And you get a kidney and you get a kidney….everybody gets a kidney!!!

It’s a real shame that Oprah isn’t on TV anymore. This would totally make her favorite things episode.

Anyways, today’s recipe is crazy easy. And, I think pretty darn tasty too. If you have sugar and cocoa in your pantry, then you are good to go. All you need is a cold day and some hot milk.

Oh wait. I have all those things already.

Waaaay ahead of the game ya’ll. Incase you want to make homemade hot chocolate at home this winter, I got your back!

Here’s how to make it:


Measure out your sugar, cocoa and mini marshmallows in a large bowl.


Stir it all together to mix it evenly and then store it in an airtight container.


Yeah, that’s it. Easy peasy.


To actually make hot chocolate, mix 2 tablespoons of mix with 8-12 ounces of hot milk. Stir it together, let things get all frothy and enjoy! Slurp it all up and enjoy, folks.

This is in my pantry, ready to go for the next freezing cold months. {I hate the cold. Have I mentioned that? Like, ew. I hate the cold.}

Anyways, the printable recipe is below! Enjoy, friends 🙂

Hope you’re warmer than me.

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5 from 4 votes

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Making homemade hot chocolate mix is easier than you think. Enjoy this rich, frothy treat on a cold day.
servings 16 drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup powdered coffee creamer
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows optional


  • Stir all ingredients together until combined. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • To make hot chocolate, place 2 tablespoons into a mug and stir together with 8-12 oz. hot milk.



Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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73 Responses
  1. Christie

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. It’s so similar to one my grandmother used to make when I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing! ❤️❤️

  2. Sierra

    Can6wait to try this hot chocolate recipe. I have tried a few but have a favorite. Hopefully this will be my new favorite to give away as holiday gifts. No mini marshmallow for me though. thank you for the wonderful recipes.

  3. Debby

    Thanks so much for this recipe; I plan on using the stevia powder instead of the sugar. We are going on a ski trip in about a month and this will be going with me. Love some hot chocolate after a day on the slopes.
    Feel better soon.

  4. Nancy

    I would like to know on this recipe or any of the others you post which are all great if sweet and low or any of the sugar sweetners can be used in part or for all the sugar contents. I am a insulin dependent diabetic thank you

  5. Lorrie

    Thanks and I will be making this.
    Also kidney infection been there done that had to inject meds in a pick line in my arm for over a month. May yours go away soon and never come back. Here’s to a better healthy year. Thanks again as I’m drinking my hot chocolate. I happened to buy the mini mashmallows a few weeks ago at Safeway, thought they were cute and I added the whole bottle to my sugare and cocoa as you can never have to many.
    Thanks again and happy news year!!

  6. linda stewart

    have diabetes how can I make it sugar free ? My creratines are high the last year they have climbed. and had utis so am a bit scare for my kidneys. Thanks for great recipes

  7. Kim

    When I make hot cocoa for the granddaughters, I use dehydrated mini marshmallows. They keep for a long time and the girls love them (usually the pink ones are gone first). Love your posts!!!

  8. Julie

    This recipe is so easy and so good! Reading through the comments, I decided to try adding powdered milk so I can just add water from my tea kettle. I added 1/2 cup powdered milk and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the mix. It tastes great! Heading back out to get more ingredients so I can make a double batch 🙂

  9. Karen

    Glad you are feeling much better. Thank you for the easy recipe…and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have used so many of your recipes in my holiday foods this year!

  10. Sandy

    I am so happy for you! I’ve been praying for you & will continue to do so, you are such an awesome, sweet, beautiful lady and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your talent with me/us. I love your recipes they are awesome and make me look good! I give you the credit, of course, I’m too old to all of a sudden make great food, ha! ha!

  11. Betty

    Thank you for this simple recipe! I was going to ask about the marshmallows but see someone already has! btw..I made pop corn in microwave and lunch bag after watching your sweet video last night. I never knew you could do that without oil! It’s the simple things that confound me! 😉

  12. Michele {Delish Dishes From Michele}

    Yummy! My hubby and I have been drinking store-bought hot chocolate like crazy the past couple weeks! Its been strangely cold for November where we live. Having some homemade mix on hand would be even better! Thanks!

  13. Judy Dalton

    Thrilled to hear the news about the kidneys!
    Fast easy hot chocolate with pronounceable words…hipper. Problem here with dairy so will try it with coconut milk.

    Hurrah for your news and thanks for the recipe. Hugs!

  14. Yvette N.

    Glad you’re feeling better!

    I had a kidney infection years ago, ended up in the hospital with 104 degree temp. and was nursing my 4 month old at the time!

  15. Jenny Busch

    I’ve not tried your hot chocolate mix yet, but it seems to be a very easy and simple recipe. Have you tried using powered sugar in place of granulated? I have, its just as easy and taste good also.

  16. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I love those little marshmallows! I didn’t know you could buy those, definitely looking next time I’m at Target! I thought they only came in the canned mix. Homemade hot chocolate mix is so much better though! Glad you’re feeling better!

  17. cici

    couldn’t you add dry miik to the mix and skip using regular milk. i am sure the ratio would have to be figured out but then you could skip having to have the liquid milk on hand

  18. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Yea that’s so much easier than the homemade hot cocoa mix that I make. I make a different flavor every year, so much fun. Glad you are feeling better!

  19. Pat

    Glad you are feeling so much better! And thanks for this recipe; I know a couple of Sister Missionaries that will LOVE having a cup of this after a long cold day.

  20. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    I love how easy this is, because I hate the cold too, so when I need a hot drink to warm me up…I need one NOW! 😉

  21. Summer

    Thanks for making these recipes for homemade mixes (this and the pancake mix). I love having mixes available to make things easy, but I hate all of the chemicals and stuff in those store-bought mixes. Thanks Lauren! 🙂

    1. Lauren

      I have no idea because I haven’t ever tested this recipe using powdered milk. Maybe 1/2 cup? You should experiment and let me know!!

      1. Nancye B.

        I believe if you add powdered milk, then you can use water (instead of milk) to make your hot chocolate.. I made it one time, but have forgotten the proportions Sure would like to know again..

    1. Lauren

      I got mine at Target, but Walmart carries them too! Here’s what they look like: http://www.target.com/p/kraft-jet-puffed-mallow-bits-vanilla-marshmallows-3-oz/-/A-14769087

    1. Lauren

      I got mine at Target, but Walmart carries them too! Here’s what they look like: http://www.target.com/p/kraft-jet-puffed-mallow-bits-vanilla-marshmallows-3-oz/-/A-14769087

  22. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    So glad you are feeling better. Let’s pray for 100% by Thanksgiving. Don’t want anything to get in the way of eating.

    I gave homemade hot chocolate mix among other things to relatives last year for Christmas. This year will not be the year of home made gifts. I’m still unpacking from our huge change in life. Maybe we can knock out some family photos.

  23. Shannon

    Glad you’re on the mend! I can’t wait to make this and have it for my little girl who LOVES hot chocolate! One question, where do I get those tiny little marshmallows??

    1. Lauren

      I got mine at Target, but Walmart carries them too! Here’s what they look like: http://www.target.com/p/kraft-jet-puffed-mallow-bits-vanilla-marshmallows-3-oz/-/A-14769087

      1. Shannon

        Thanks for your quick reply! It allowed me time to run to Walmart to hunt down those Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits (which I found in the hot chocolate/coffee/hot tea section) and get back home to make it in time for my little girl to get off the bus. She took a drink and said it was the best ever, which is a feat in itself coming from the tween. ; )
        Thanks for another GREAT recipe!! I think a cup of this will go nicely with the pancakes I make using your mix recipe. Keep ’em coming, your recipes are very much appreciated!!

  24. Brittany

    First and foremost, so happy to hear you’re feeling better!
    Secondly, thank you so much for sharing this! I’m allergic to chocolate and unfortunately cannot try this but I have a boyfriend that loves nothing more than a cup of hot chocolate, yet I hate having the store bought stuff in my house. It’s full of so many things that I can’t even pronounce. This is easy, cheap and looks great on the counter in a glass jar!

    1. Tina

      Brittany, I am also allergic to chocolate. I was just wondering if you were allergic to the cocoa in the chocolate, or are you allergic to the chocolate. I can have white chocolate, but not chocolate because of the cocoa bean. I really wish there would be a white chocolate hot chocolate recipe. If you hear of any, I would really like to know. Thanks.

      1. Bonnie

        This is the one I’ve had bookmarked for a while now and forgot about it until I read your comment. I think I’ll put it together tomorrow:


  25. Emma

    So, so glad you’re feeling better!

    Rest up little lady and have yourself a few more cups of this insanely delicious ho cho. Thanks for sharing xoxo

  26. Linda Stoodley

    Curious to know where you find those tiny marshmallows. Would appreciate knowing, I live up on Vancouver Island and have never seen them locally. I love this recipe of yours and really want to try it.
    Linda Stoodley

    1. Lauren

      I got mine at Target, but Walmart carries them too! Here’s what they look like: http://www.target.com/p/kraft-jet-puffed-mallow-bits-vanilla-marshmallows-3-oz/-/A-14769087

      1. Mrs. Hansen

        Lauren, your site came up in my FB newsfeed. Your recipe is similar to Martha Stewart’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix that I have used and like. I much prefer homemade hot chocolate to store bought with chemical fillers and GMO corn syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup. Thanks for sharing your recipe too; I’ll give it a try too, sans the marshmallows though, as they are made with GMO corn syrup (you can get organic corn syrup and make your own, but big corporations like Kraft only use corn syrup made from GMO corn, because it is cheaper). We went non-GMO about two years ago when I was having some health problems caused by GMO consumption. Not sure what your kidney infection issues are or any past issues related to them, but you might want to do a little research into GMO food too, as it is linked to many diseases that are prevalent in the US now– i.e. cancer, heart, diabetes, liver disease… Long and short of it stay away from corn, canola, cottonseed, sugar beet sugar, and soy and all their by-products unless they are “organic” or you know the grower and his practices, because about 90 – 95% (depending on the crop) are GMO in the US and have been sprayed with Roundup. I recently learned that many farmers are spraying their wheat with Roundup now too, in order to get an early harvest, which means that our wheat (unless organic) has Roundup on it too now–don’t have to wonder why so many people are gluten intolerant now too. If you want to know more, read about Monsanto (the mfg of Roundup and GMO seed that has been genetically modified, so it can be sprayed with Roundup) on Wikipedia and multiple sites and consider “liking”

      2. Mrs. Hansen

        (sorry I didn’t finish previous post, please add: (pages like “Just Label It,” “Dr. Josh Axe,” and “I want to be organic.”)

    2. Maris

      I did not find mini marshmallows either. So I took big ones and cut them in little pièces, works great. This hot coco recipe is divine. I’m never going to buy the store kind ever!!! Thanks for this recipe!!!