Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Hot Cocoa Mix

By Erin Huffstetler | 12/07/2016 | No Comments
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This hot cocoa mix is a staple in my pantry during the winter months, and it makes a great gift. It’s dairy-free, so it even works for people with milk allergies. Here’s the recipe.

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Prep Time:

5 mins

Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp corn starch
1 cup dehydrated marshmallows (optional)

Dehydrated MarshmallowsIf you want the full hot cocoa experience, down to the tiny marshmallows, buy a package of dehydrated marshmallows. I bought this container of Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits at Target for $1.57. It’s enough to make around three batches of my cocoa mix.

Planning to make a bunch of this cocoa mix, so you can give it as gifts? Save money by ordering a big, one-pound bag of dehydrated marshmallows on Amazon.

What You Do:

Mix all the ingredients together, until they’re well combined. Then, transfer your finished cocoa mix to a quart jar. If you added the marshmallows, it’ll fill the jar completely. Tap the jar a few times, if you need to make room for the last little bit.

Free Printable Hot Cocoa Mix Labels

Printable Cocoa Mix Labels

Here are free, printable labels that you can use to label your cocoa mix. Print these on full-sheet shipping labels. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet, or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.

I print my mix labels on vinyl sticker sheet, so the jars can be washed and refilled over and over. Vinyl is waterproof, so the labels can take washing.

Vinyl Sheet for Inkjet Printers | Vinyl Sheet for Laser Printers

Just one word about vinyl sheet: If you have a laser printer, it’s important to look up the fusing temp in your owner’s manual to make sure it’s compatible with the vinyl sheet that you’re ordering. That’s not an issue with inkjet printers.

If you’re using Google’s Chrome browser, our printables may not print properly. Click here for printing help.

Mug of Cocoa

To Use:

Stir two tablespoons of hot cocoa mix into one cup of milk (not water). Then, heat your cocoa in the microwave or on the stove.

This cocoa mix doesn’t contain powdered milk, so it’s cheaper to make, and can be enjoyed by people with milk allergies or sensitivities. Just swap a cup of your favorite milk substitute (soy, almond, etc.) for the cup of milk called for.

Big Batch of Hot Chocolate Made in a Roaster

To Make a Big Batch of Hot Cocoa:

If you’d like to serve this hot cocoa at a party or get-together, just add two cups of cocoa mix to each gallon of milk. Heat your cocoa on the stove, or in a crockpot on low.

For a REALLY big batch of hot cocoa, a turkey roaster works brilliantly. It has enough room for two to three gallons of cocoa. Just add the ingredients a couple hours before your party; set the temperature to 200 degrees; and put the lid on to prevent evaporation. Give it the occasional stir, and you’re all set.

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Mug of Cocoa

Hot Cocoa Mix

This hot cocoa mix is cheap and easy to make and dairy-free to boot!


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart of cocoa mix
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 cup dehydrated marshmallows (optional)

Instructions:

Mix well to combine.

To use: Stir two tablespoons of hot cocoa mix into one cup of milk (not water). Heat in the microwave or on the stove. (see notes to learn how to make this recipe dairy-free).

To make a big batch of cocoa: use two cups of cocoa mix for every gallon of milk.

Notes

This cocoa mix doesn’t contain powdered milk, so it’s cheaper to make, and can be enjoyed by people with milk allergies or sensitivities. Just swap a cup of your favorite milk substitute (soy, almond, etc.) for the cup of milk called for.

Like This Recipe?

Be sure to check out my recipe for mulling spice mix, too.

Mulling Spice Mix Recipe

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