Make Your Own Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

Make your own instant hot cocoa mix
Make Your Own Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

As soon as there's a chill in the air, I crave something warm to drink and when its cold outside, there's nothing better than a warm cup of hot cocoa!  I love curling up with a snuggly sweater, a good book, and a warm cup of hot cocoa made with this easy mix.  Now I like a cup of real hot cocoa with real milk, chocolate, and marshmallows just as much as anyone else, but sometimes the instant stuff is just as good.  Plus it's nice to have some on hand whenever you feel like enjoying a cup.  You can save some money by making it yourself, too.   You might want to make extra though.  Keep one batch for yourself and the extra one makes a nice gift!  Just put this instant hot cocoa mix in a mason jar and it's ready to go.  It's great for when you need a quick inexpensive present for a Christmas or hostess gift.

Ingredients:
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
a dash of salt

Directions:
To make the mix:
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Store mix in an air tight container.

To make the hot cocoa:
Combine 1/4 cup cocoa mix and 3/4 cup hot water in a mug.  Stir to blend.

Enjoy!


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Inspired by this pin for instant hot cocoa.

78 comments:

  1. Yummy!

    http://allcraftybitsnbobs.blogspot.com/
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  2. I've made this before and I can honestly say that it's delicious!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  3. This is great! Saving this for Christmas gift ideas.

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    1. Good idea! It makes a quick and easy gift!

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  4. I have also made this recipe before and it is delicious:) Great to have on hand~ Thanks for sharing at Tasty Tuesday~ Lynn @ Turnips Tangerines

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  5. I am pinning this because soon it will be hot cocoa season and we go through a boat load. Have you ever tried using dutch cocoa or special hersey's dark. I am kinda a big "dark chocolate" lover and I wondered if the recipe would still work with a more chocolately powder.

    Thank you for linking up to the Duck'N Row Wonderful Wednesday!
    With Love,
    Scary

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    1. I've seen the dark chocolate Hershey's cocoa but haven't tried it, although I should. I really like dark chocolate and it would probably be great in hot cocoa. Thanks for the good idea!

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    2. For an extra velvety flavour, use 1/4 cup of cream, especially Coffee Mate's Italian Sweet Cream in addition to the water.

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  6. Found this posted on Ginger Snap Crafts blog hop and I am so glad I saw this. I LOVE hot chocolate, but hate the cost for a few packets. I also love the idea of putting in a mason jar and giving as a gift at Christmas. I might have to steal that idea and give it with mini marshmallows and peppermint sticks. Pinned :)
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

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    1. I like the idea of adding marshmallows and peppermint sticks! Sounds good!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We always make handmade gifts for Christmas and this will be a really nice addition.
    www.thehealthyandfithomeschoolmom.com

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  8. I love fall and cool evenings and a big mug of hot chocolate. Great recipe.

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  9. What a yummy looking cup of hot chocolate. I think I could use a cup of that right now.

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  10. Love a good cup of cocoa on a cool night. I love the idea of gifting a homemade batch in a pretty jar. Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah
    Creative Ramblings

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  11. Sounds really good! A cup of hot chocolate on a crisp or brisk or downright cold fall/winter day - what could be better?

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  12. Mid-winter I have a horrible hot chocolate addiction. I hate spending so much money at the coffee house, but have not found an instant that is QUITE right. I'll have to try this. Good idea for gift giving too! We may need to do inexpensive daycare gifts this year, and this would be great!

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  13. This chocolate addict is very much in love with this blog post! Thanks!

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  14. Hi and thanks for this great gift idea! I saw it on thriving thursday.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  15. I love hot chocolate especially on those cold nights! This is perfect and can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. This is making me long for fall weather. It is still hotter than all get out here, we are getting some rain today and tomorrow which is suppose to cool it off, but not enough for cocoa. I'm definitely saving this recipe for the colder days. Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

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  17. Stopping by from Truly Lovely and this looks like a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. Nice and quick ! Love the recipe {pinned!}

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  19. Sounds good - might need to stock up on the ingredients and give it a try.
    Found you on From The Farm Blog Hop #51.
    :) Lea @ www.adropofthis.com

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  20. homemade beats store bought hands down. Yum. I've never heard of blog pal, how fun. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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  21. This sounds so much more tasty and inexpensive than the package. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us on foodie friday.

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  22. A huge YUMMMMM, LOOOVE hot Cocoa! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you are having a marvellous weekend!!!

    XOXO
    Cami @ TitiCrafty.com

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  23. Ooh I love it! Instant hot cocoa is the best! In case you didn't see it earlier, I featured this on my blog today! I'm stopping by to pin, and to let you know you can grab a Featured button if you don't already have one: http://practicallyfunctional.com/13-comfort-food-recipes-for-fall/

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  24. I love the idea of having cocoa on hand. Thanks for the idea! And thanks for linking up to I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you share this week.

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  25. I'm not a coffee drinker. I always opt for hot chocolate. This sounds great!
    Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party. YOU have been featured! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/09/show-tell-features_24.html

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Ginger! Your button is on my features page!

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  26. Yes, I LOVE this as a gift idea!! Thank you!

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  27. We use a lot of Ovaltine in our house--I bet this mix would save us a lot of money! I'm stopping by from Whimsy Wednesday. Have a wonderful night!

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  28. This would be so easy to adapt to an organic version for a gifts this season.

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  29. Hello,

    This looks super yummy and perfect for fall!

    - Erin
    http://www.erinbettis.com

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  30. Cute idea- pinning for holiday gifts!

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  31. Such a good thing to have on hand. Thanks so much for linking up at Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this at tomorrow's party. Thanks for always linking up. Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  32. This is so perfect for now! Would make great gifts at Christmas and for college students! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and GardenThursday,
    Kathy

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  33. Anxious to try this! Stopping over from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  34. What a great idea! I think I'm doing this for teacher gifts this Christmas!!

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    1. Great idea! I'm sure they will appreciate it!

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  35. Yum, love make your own recipes. Saw your recipe on ducksnarow.com
    Http://www.mamagetsitdone.blogspot.com

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  36. Looks so good!!

    Hosting my FIRST linky party this Saturday, would love it if you stopped by!! DIY projects, yummy recipes & all brilliant ideas welcome!

    http://www.theculturedcavewoman.com

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  37. Mmmm... Sounds delish! =) We love hot chocolate when it's cold out!! Thanks for sharing this at the Pinterest Power Party!! Hope you have a great Wednesday!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  38. Love this! I hate buying pre packaged junk so this is perfect! Thank you! Pinning now! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  39. Yum! I love hot chocolate this time of year! Isn't making your own mixes great? You know exactly want is in it.
    Thanks so much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
    Katie

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  40. This is fabulous, I don't know why I keep buying the junk at the store....I bet this tastes so much better. Thanks! Featuring you at our blog hop tonight :) come back and party with us!

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    1. Thanks for the feature Kristina! I grabbed your button and it's on my feature page!

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  41. Looks delicious! I have a hot cocoa recipe as well, I've never used dry milk powder before to make it instant. Very cool!

    Tenns @ New Mama Diaries

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  42. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel

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  43. Visiting from the Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party. Looks yummy and easily adjustable for a no sugar diet. Blessings!

    Marie @ http://countedcrossstitchcafe.com & http://asatisfiedspirit.com

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  44. My mom used to always make her own hot chocolate mix when we were kids! It was delicious!

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  45. What a great idea for a no-fuss dry recipe gift. So many dry mix gifts require more work on the part of the recipient than I'm comfortable with. It's like giving them a chore :) This is perfect!

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  46. Yum! I'd love if you would stop by and link up over at Feed Me Friday

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  47. Love this idea! It will be perfect for ski season!

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  48. Each morning I enjoy a cup of mocha: a serving of hot chocolate mix and a generous spoonful of instant coffee. Hope you like this option!

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  49. regarding the mocha option, I use a 10-12 oz mug and about 8-10 oz of water for the coffee/hot chocolate mixture

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  50. I have had this before and it is really yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  51. My husband is not a coffee drinker - but he loves hot cocoa! Those individual packages can get so expensive - I love this homemade version! Thanks so much for sharing at #allmybloggyfriends this week! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. You were the most viewed link at last week's All My Bloggy Friends :) You're being featured tomorrow!

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    2. Thanks so much for the feature Jamie! You made my day!

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  52. Hot cocoa is one of those comfort food things......so glad you posted this recipe. I popped over from the Show & Share Wednesday Linkey. Thanks for posting there! Come visit me sometime! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

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  53. This is a staple in our house in the fall and winter as well as Russian Tea! Thanks for sharing with #LOBS!

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  54. Congratulations! I wanted to let you know you have been featured this week at Sewlicious Home Decor!! Here is the link...http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-52/

    Marti :)

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  55. I love some hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing this easy mix.

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  56. We love hot cocoa, this is perfect. Thanks for sharing at Wednesday Whatsits!

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  57. I have seen your recipe on a few parties that I have attended and thought I should stop by and comment... I love home made cocoa mix.. so much more economical then buying single packages and you can even put some in your coffee for chocolate coffee. This last party I saw this on was It fall y'all

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    1. I've never had chocolate coffee before! That sounds good and I'll have to try it right away! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  58. This really sounds delicious! pinning to my beverage board.
    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things!

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  59. What a brilliant idea. I wanted to let you know I'm featuring this when my link party opens up tomorrow night. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Carol! I appreciate it! I added your button to my feature page!

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  60. Can you please tell me how many cups of cocoa the recipe yields?

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  61. Thank you for this recipe!!! My kids are enjoying the results as we speak :)

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