Get my ebookwhen you subscribe to my free newsletter, Lynn's Kitchen Adventures.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Homemade Flavored Hot Cocoa Mix

I may not like coffee or tea, but give me cup of hot chocolate on a cold day and I am very happy.

I will say that I am a bit picky on my hot chocolate. If I am going to drink a cup of hot chocolate I want it to be good. I like it rich and creamy.

I have never been much of a fan of the mixes like the famous swiss miss type ones. If I am going to use a mix for hot chocolate, I prefer one that is a little more gourmet. The flavored hot chocolates are some of my favorites.

Over the years I have tried making my own mixes, but have never gotten it quite how I wanted it. They were not rich and creamy enough. I was looking for something more like the more expensive mixes that I bought in the store and most homemade mixes are not like those.

But over time and with quite a bit of tweaking I found a homemade hot chocolate mix that is just what I wanted. It is rich and creamy and perfect.

What makes this homemade hot chocolate different? It contains not only cocoa, but chopped up chocolate chips. Yes, melted chocolate will always add a nice depth of flavor and creaminess to things.

Not only do the chips add creaminess, they allow you to change up the flavors. Think butterscotch hot chocolate or mint hot chocolate. YUM!!

This homemade mix would also make a wonderful holiday gift. Make up a few different flavors and place them in jars, and they would make a perfect gift for anyone.

I love the idea of making a gift basket or tray with these. Include a few jars of homemade hot cocoa mix, a couple of nice hot chocolate mugs, and maybe some spoons and napkins.

What person would not enjoy a gift like that for the holidays?

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. I was thinking RASPBERRY! So good with chocolate.

  2. Ok, clarify for me. I once made a homemade mix like this and it BOMBED. Cocoa? I added baking cocoa… I STILL don’t know what I was SUPPOSED to use, but obviously not BAKING cocoa. Where do I find the stuff I’m supposed to use?

    • @Amy @ Finer Things, That is one of the reasons that I did not like homemade mixes. Many are bitter and don’t have enough sugar. I think the powdered sugar in this one helps. So, does the ducth processed or use Hershey’s special dark cocoa which is a combo of cocoa’s. Neither of those are as bitter as regular baking cocoa like you would use in brownies. You can find both of those on the baking aisle at most stores, at least in my area.

  3. Lynn,
    Wow, it looks wonderful! I’ve never been happy with homemade mixes either so I can’t wait to give this one a try and see what the chocolate chips do for it!

  4. Thanks for the recipe! This will be so good to have on hand for company!

    Thanks for all the work you put in on your blog! I have so enjoyed it !

  5. I cannot wait to try this! I don’t like coffee or tea, but I love to enjoy something warm on a cold night! There is one mix that I like, but it is expensive. Can’t wait to try making my own!

    Thank you for sharing and for all your work to create a recipe you love!

  6. This sounds utterly delish! I make cocoa for my kids all the time, but this sounds even more divine especially with all the different flavor combos. 🙂

  7. Holly Fink says

    I have been thinking for two weeks that I need to make this! Now that I have an even better recipe for sure gonna make it this weekend! Especially since we are getting snow tomorrow night the darn kids will want hot chocolate after they come in from sledding.
    Thank you, love your blog

  8. I was just thinking yesterday that I needed to find a good homemade hot chocolate mix! Thanks!

  9. This sounds great – but are you supposed to use instant or the non-instant powdered milk? I’ve heard the one doesn’t dissolve as easily & one is ground finer. Just want to make sure I get the right one


  10. What kind of choclate chips do you use- semi-sweet or milk chocolate?

  11. Sharon Howard says

    Wonderful website. Keep up the good work.

  12. Oh, I love hot chocolate too! My mix recipe is very similar, only it has less powdered milk and the addition of powdered creamer. We have found that making a very stong raspberry tea and using it in the place of hot water is very yummy! I also like to add hot chocolate mix to coffee.

  13. How many small or large jar gifts would this recipe make?

  14. Debbie Hegeman says

    I am saving this recipe.

  15. Thanks Lynn,
    I just came over here from your caramel hot chocolate post. I was so glad to find this, as its cold and rainy here (no snow yet) but my 6 year old son just asked me for hot chocolate. He and my daughter are eating this off their fingers cause they say it tastes so good. Can’t wait! We don’t have any Andes candies but are going to put in some peppermint extract for the peppermint hot chocolate.
    Thanks again!

  16. Lynn, I see that you used the instant powdered milk. Is there a particular brand that you use. Like the comment earlier, I tried a similar recipe and the milk did not dissolve well. There were little floating pieces of milk in my test cup.

    • Did you previous recipe call for putting it all in the blender to make it a finer powder, Alicia? I’ve had really great luck with this recipe, but I think chopping it up into such a fine powder in the food processor is key!

  17. This is the same mix I use but I use white chocolate chips. I put it in my coffee for a cafe mocha.

  18. Oh and i have a hard time finding dutch processed cocoa in the grocery stores near me. I order it from King Arthur Flour.

  19. Way cool! I am definitely making Christmas baskets with all the variations for my (soon-to-be) in-laws! 🙂

  20. I can’t get the special cocoa but I do have a bag of dark chocolate chips. Could I substitute that for the dutch processed. Maybe do 1/2 cup chips & 1/2 cup baking cocoa? And still use 1 cup of other chips? I love hot chocolate and have never found a good recipe – but this sounds great. I did make a hot chocolate that was on the Hershey’s website and it was really good and creamy. I couldnt store it – you just had to make a pot that made 5 servings. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  21. Do you have a way to make this a sugar free drink? If so would love to make it for the ones that need to watch their sugar intake. Can’t wait to make this. Thanks

  22. Is there a way to make this dairy free? Is there a substitute for the powdered milk? I wanted to make this for a friend, but her daughter has dairy & soy allergies. 🙂

  23. thank you!!!!!

  24. Success!!! I just made this in about 5 minutes (including turning my regular sugar into powdered via my blender), and it tastes GREAT! I used the Nestle “special dark” cocoa powder, which is 1/2 Dutch, and it definitely tastes more like “Dark chocolate” hot chocolate than regular. I also only used 1 cup powdered milk and about 1/4 cup choco chips (all I had on hand), and it still tasted fine made with milk. But I’m definitely going to try and dig up some real dutch cocoa so it’s not so dark next time.

    • ps – I think the key with this dissolving is to make sure and leave the food processor going until you can’t hear the chocolate chips tumbling around and being chopped anymore. This dissolved in my hot milk better than store bought hot chocolate.

  25. Thank you soooooo much! My whole family LOVES this recipe!!! You have a wonderful blog! Thanks & God bless!

  26. I was just wondering, do you know about how many cups of Hot Chocolate one batch of the recipe you provided would make? I really want to use this as a gift for Christmas, and I’m just trying to figure out how much ingredients I need to get. Thanks so much!

    • I have not figured that out, I am sorry. If I remember right, it makes a little over a 1 qt jar. Next time I make it I will try to measure that, because that would be helpful for others.

  27. Lauren Jones says

    I’m going to make this but use a Terry’s chocolate orange instead of the chocolate chips. Maybe one of the dark chocolate ones to give a richer flavor, I don’t know, I haven’t decided. But I have this idea that orange chocolate hot chocolate would be one of the most amazing drinks ever.

  28. Melanie Otto says

    This is great! Thanks for the recipe and idea… I plan on doing this for a few of my close friends a family members…I think i’ll try the butterscotch..that’s a change! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  29. This is yummy! Thanks, Lynn! I don’t keep powdered sugar on hand and I was too lazy to make it, so I made it without that and we just add stevia to our individual cups. 🙂

  30. For the Powdered sugar- is that the same as icing sugar?

    • I am not sure on that. Powdered sugar is the light powdery textured sugar that you use in frosting, etc. It is also known as confectioners sugar.

  31. I’m hosting a ladies fellowship and wanted to have the ladies make there own cocoa to go home. This looks like an amazing recipe! And I love the idea of adding different candies to make the flavors different! My goal is to have a big batch of mix made already and then have the candies sitting out for them to add their own. Do you know how much mix to how much of the chips it would be? And how many servings does this make altogether? The recipe didn’t state.

    • I think this recipes makes about 18 servings. I love your idea. Would you still be using the chocolate chips in it or would you be using other chips instead?

      • I’m trying to figure out how to have the ladies make whichever kind they’d like but in a single serving. I’m trying to break the recipe down to one person, and have the different processed chips at the end so they can personalize it to them. We also are making a milk chocolate and a dark chocolate dipped spoon for each lady to take home. Do you have an idea of how much of each ingredient goes in a single serving? And how much of the chips?

  32. This looks really good. Could I use sugar substitute for powdered sugar?

  33. How long would it keep if it was put in jars and given as gifts?

  34. Looks great is there such a thing as pwd spy or almond? Would love to make but without the milk for my son due to allergies.

  35. Michelle Carpenter says

    We are out for a snow day and made this mix. My little man is drinking a cup and declared it “fantastic”. Thanks!

    • I am so glad that he enjoyed it! Enjoy your snow day! Although at this point I know many people are tired of snow days. At least hot chocolate makes it a little better. 🙂


  1. […] unique by making Hot Cocoa Cones. (See how to make the cute tags shown above here.)Lynn shares some fun variations on Hot Cocoa Mix here.Do you have a fun and frugal DIY idea to share? I’d love to hear about it! Read the […]

  2. […] set out on the world wide web to find a solution for adding the peppermint flavor and came up with this.  Believe it or not, I didn’t find this idea on Pinterest, but you better believe that I […]

  3. […] today’s March Mixes recipe, I’m sending you to Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures for her recipe for the best homemade hot chocolate […]

Share Your Thoughts


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.