The Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix


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Confession: I LOVE Williams-Sonoma European hot chocolate. It is thick, creamy, decadent, and ultra chocolate-y.  I mean, really, it is basically melted chocolate in a cup. So good.

Of course, there is a STEEP price tag on such a luxurious beverage: $20!!!

That is simply not in our budget for regular every day consumption.

So, I save the gourmet stuff for special occasions and instead whip up my own hot chocolate mix that I can have any cold winter day I please.

Could you buy a box of Swiss Miss from the store? Yes, but I promise this is so much better. Plus, I really like knowing exactly what is going in my beverages. Don’t you?

The Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix


  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups cocoa powder (Dutch-processed preferred, but regular okay)
  • 1½ cups white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

2. To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk or water. Optional: Top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows.

Makes 20 servings. Nutritional Information per serving: Calories: 139 Carbs: 28g Fat: 2g Protein: 5g Sugar: 24 g

Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country.