Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

hot chocolate mix

Winter-ready – homemade is best

Hot chocolate mix is best when you don’t have time to make it from scratch. Granted, I think there’s nothing better than real hot chocolate made from scratch. If you want to make it from scratch, here is the recipe.

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!

hot chocolate mix
only 4 ingredients


This is a great recipe for hot chocolate mix 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 for this hot chocolate mix together and store in an air-tight container.hot chocolate mix

To serve, you add 1/4 – 1/3 cup (2-3 Tbsp.) of mix per cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve.

hot chocolate mixI 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.HC mug and marsh

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.

The recipe

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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There's more effort in spending the money to buy the ingredients than there is to mix up with homemade hot chocolate mix. Adding miniature marshmallows is optional. Put into attractive containers to use as gifts or serve to your own family - or both.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 3 gallon


  • 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 1/4 - 1/3 cup of mix per cup of boiling water
  • Stir to dissolve
  • Add a dollop of milk, cream, or whipping cream if desired

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I first shared this recipe five years ago on this blog. I still use this recipe and like it as much now as I did then!

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