Granted, I think there’s nothing better than real hot chocolate made from scratch. I’ll share a recipe for that later. But if you’re low in milk or need an easy way to mix one cup at a time, here’s a tried-and-true recipe I’ve used for years. You can decrease the sugar as much as you’d like, and you can buy low-sugar or no-sugar Nestles Quick if you’d rather. Use what works best for you!
This is a great recipe to give to folks for Christmas or Valentine’s day, or for teacher appreciation week. Put a cute lid on top of a jar and pass it on to someone special.
Miniature marshmallows are an option to add. I usually serve them on the side. If I’m using this as a gift, I add a snack bag of miniature marshmallows to go with the pint-sized jar. Not everyone likes marshmallows, and some folks like more than others. This way, each individual gets to choose.
Mix your ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
To serve, you add 1/4 – 1/3 cup (2-3 Tbsp.) of mix per cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve.
I like to add just a dollop of milk or cream to help cool it down and make it a little creamier. Or, you can top with some whipped topping if you’d like. And then, of course, there are the marshmallows.
I keep a batch of this stored in an air-tight Lock and Lock container. I’ve sent it to the woods with my kids when they’re sled riding and want hot chocolate to serve at the bottom of the hill by the fire. A drink cooler of boiling water, styrofoam cups and this homemade hot chocolate mix is all they need.
- 1 lb. Nestles Quick - or more
- 8 quart powdered milk
- 32 oz. non-dairy powdered creamer
- 1 lb. confectioner's sugar
- Mix ingredients together
- Add miniature marshmallows if desired
- Store in air-tight container
- Use ¼ - ⅓ cup of mix per cup of boiling water
- Stir to dissolve
- Add a dollop of milk, cream, or whipping cream if desired