Make a big batch of homemade hot chocolate mix to enjoy all year long. This mix needs only hot water to make a rich and creamy cup of hot chocolate.
Homemade Hot Chocolate
I vividly remember coming in from playing in the snow as a child and watching my mom whip up a big batch of hot chocolate mix. In true efficiency she only had to do this once per year because this homemade hot chocolate recipe makes a lot. Seriously, a lot.
It’s perfect for gifts when you divide the hot chocolate mix into mason jars. Add the lid and a decorative bow with instructions to share. Or if you’re like my family you store it for months in air tight containers so that all the work of making homemade hot chocolate is done once a season.
Made with dry milk, Nesquik cocoa powder, powdered creamer and powdered sugar this recipe could not be easier to make – since you grab it all and mix it all. Done! The hardest part is finding a big enough bowl to mix it all in.
How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix
Combine the powdered sugar and dry milk in a large mixing bowl. I used a stock pot but the best way to mix this is in a cake lid turned upside down.
Add powdered creamer and mix. And then finally add the Nesquik powder chocolate flavor.
Stir until fully combined and store in an airtight container.
When you’re ready to make a cup of hot chocolate simply add two heaping spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix per 8 ounces of hot water. Stir and enjoy!
This really does make the creamiest hot chocolate. If you like more chocolate add more. It’s completely customizable to your tastes!
My brother especially loves adding this to his coffee – yum! I hope you enjoy this hot chocolate mix as much as my family has over the years. Enjoy!
Homemade Hot Chocolate FAQ
What’s the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? Technically one is made with chocolate and one is made with powdered chocolate. I use them interchangeably and always call this recipe hot chocolate even though a purest would say it’s hot cocoa.
Can I make this mix with hot milk instead of hot water? Because this recipe is made with dry milk you only need hot water to make this recipe.
Do I need the exact ounce for the ingredients? My products are a bit off in size. You’re fine! Mine were a bit off from my mom’s original recipe as well. As long as you’re within 2 to 3 ounces from the recommended, you will be fine. Remember, this makes a huge batch of hot chocolate mix. Different brands over time have changed their packaging.
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Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 25 oz Powdered Milk
- 16 oz. Powdered Sugar
- 16 oz. Powdered Creamer
- 32 oz. Nesquik Powder Chocolate Flavor
- Combine powdered milk, powdered sugar and powder creamer. Add Nesquik powder and mix until fully combined. Store in air tight container.
- To make a cup of hot chocolate: Use two heaping spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix and combine with 8 ounces of hot water. Adjust to fit your tastes.
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Comments & Reviews
Bobbie L Stapleton says
What is the reasoning for putting coffee creamer in the Hot chocolate mix? I’ve seen recipes
that had chocolate pudding, Nestle Quick, Hersheys Coco. My Daughter home schools our grandkids so I’m looking for a recipe for hot chocolate for a class preject, so could you help me? All of the grandkids love Hot Chocolate! Thank you so much for your help.
Hi! This recipe is based on my mom’s recipe and she added coffee creamer – because that’s what her mom did. It’s delicious so I don’t question it. Enjoy!
This was not good. Hardly any chocolate flavor. I’m wondering if the Nesquick is a mistake, since that’s already got the sugar and thickening agents in it. Next time I will try using unsweetened cocoa powder instead of Nesquick.
I used to make this exact recipe for my kids when we went camping. It’s such an easy recipe, all the ingredients are there, just add water. How much easier can it get? I lost the recipe years ago, so thanks for sharing. Now I get to share this with my grandkids 🙂
Yay! Enjoy! My mom made it for us as kids and now I enjoy making it for my kids. It makes a lot and lasts all winter!
Hailey Napier says
I was wondering could you substitute a liquid creamer and add it in before you heat the milk up? If that makes sense. Love your page!!!
Hmmmmm, interesting idea. I’ve never tried it that way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how it goes!
Shari H says
Love this. I am so glad you put this in pinterest because my mother is getting older and she could not find recipe. When I was little I remember my dad using a clean white trash bag to mix it up. We would have it all winter long!! Thanks!!
Yes, this does make a lot! What a great memory!
Mendy Wilson says
Thanks for posting this recipe. My grandmother, when alive, used to make this every year and give it to us grandkids as a gift. It was given to us in an ice cream bucket. She never gave the recipe before she died, but you have just given it back to me. Thanks bunches. I also have a question. Could you also add chocolate chips? Or would they be ruined in the mix?
I have also seen recipes that add pudding, or cocoa powder but for me it us best this way.
I wouldn’t add chocolate chips to the mix, but you can add them per glass to test it. Let me know how it goes!
This is great! I have seen various recipes for home made hot chocolate/cocoa mix, and thought what a great Christmas gift idea it was, but was never brave enough to give it a go. I guess I never had all the different ingredients together at one time, didn’t think I had enough clean jars to divvy it up into, was too lazy to make labels for each one of them, or was afraid of the epic disaster it might have been. Yep, all of the above! But I will do this this year. *I’ve also seen this receipt with added instant chocolate pudding for thickness, and small amounts of instant coffee crystals, either regular or decaf. Although chocolate itself contains a little caffeine.
Definitely another great one! 🙂 Thanks
Thanks Rhonda! We’ve been enjoying this in our coffee and just straight up. I love that it makes such a big batch. I’ve never heard about adding the instant pudding but it makes sense. I’ll have to give it a try next time.
Lisa Dahn says
Hi Lynette. This is the same recipe my mom used to make. I love it and made some for her this winter. I don’t think any of us had a cup of cocoa, buy it was great in our coffee. Instant mocha!
Yes! It is soooo good in coffee. I also love just a cup of hot chocolate. Because it makes so much I enjoy quite a few cups of both. 🙂
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