Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

2 years ago, I made my hot chocolate by slowly melting chocolate in heavy cream over low heat.  It was a wonderful, it was decadent and it was not very child-friendly.  Well, my child didn’t like it.  So this winter I’ve been testing some varieties of hot cocoa mixes that I could make in a large batch and just have on hand.  Between my husband and newly-converted son, we go through a lot of hot cocoa.  I keep our jar of mix on the counter by the coffee pot and the microwave.  This way, I can add it to a cup of coffee to jazz up my morning or heat up a cup of whole milk.
Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 3 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/4 c. dark cocoa powder
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
Whisk all the ingredients together.  Put them in an air tight container to store.  When you are ready to make a cup, warm 1 cup of whole milk and stir in 2 Tbsp. of the mix.  You can top it with fresh whipped cream or marshmallows.  This recipe makes enough mix for 92 8 ounce cups of cocoa.
*For the cheflets:  Make sure the cocoa is only lukewarm before serving your little ones… no one likes a burnt tongue, no matter how wonderful the drink is!*

2 Replies to “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix”

  1. The link for how you used to make it isn’t working for me…
    Also, question: what is the difference between dark cocoa powder and unsweetened cocoa powder? I usually use TJ’s cocoa powder…

    1. That link was from my pre-children blog which involved slowly melting chocolate on the stove in heavy cream… don’t have as much time for that now, hence the powdered formula 🙂
      The unsweetened chocolate will be more bitter in the chocolate taste than if you were to taste the dark chocolate (which is kind of intensely chocolatey and I LOVE it!) or the bittersweet (less sweetener) or the milk (all sorts of sweet!) chocolate powders. I try to buy the unsweetened as much as possible so I’m in control of the amount of sugar used.

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