Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I’ve examined my life {scary} and when I think of being an expert on certain subjects, I could probably claim to be an expert on raising boys since I have four of them, but every day I’m left with the feeling that, yep, I have no idea what I’m doing.

So scratch being an expert on that.

I might be able to claim to be an expert on food, but that would only be because I like to eat it, considering the number of epic failures I have in the kitchen on a regular basis.

So, again, definitely not a resident expert on food.

However, I can confidently say that I am definitely, certainly, 100% an expert on hot chocolate.

I drink a mugful of the delicious drink every day, at least, and I am very, very particular about the kind that I like (has to be deep, dark chocolate, for one).

I’ve tried making homemade hot chocolate mix several times but have been seriously underwhelmed.ย Until now.

I made this mix for teacher gifts this year (packaged in a Christmas-red mug with an instructional tag) and of course in the name of quality control, I had to sample the hot chocolate myself.

It is incredible – really, incredible! Creamy, rich, and extremely delicious.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I can honestly say that this homemade mix is easily as good or better than the kind I buy at the store for my own personal enjoyment.

I think the secret is the addition of white chocolate, of which I’m not a huge fan on it’s own, because when finely ground with the other ingredients, it adds a fantastic creaminess to the hot chocolate.

A perfect gift for this season or simply for your own love of hot chocolate, this homemade mix recipe is definitely one to hang on to.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

The Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Yield: Makes about 20 servings of hot chocolate

The Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

My favorite dry milk powder is a whole milk kind I get on Amazon here, but I also use nonfat dry milk powder when I'm out of whole milk powder (favorite brands are Bob's Red Mill or Carnation).


  • 3 cups dry nonfat or whole milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, dutch-process or natural unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips or finely chopped white chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two (or more) batches, depending on the size of your food processor, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store the dry mix 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. Top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows, if desired.

Recipe Source: from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from Cook’s Country

173 Responses to Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

  1. Catherine says:

    We made these for teacher gifts this year and you’re absolutely right: we will never buy packaged mix again! We wound up only using 1 cup of powdered sugar and found it plenty sweet for all of us, including my kids. So it makes less in the end, but less sugar is always a good thing!

  2. Melinda says:

    Last year I wasted a lot of $ on dry milk and coco trying to make homemade hot cocoa. This year I made yours. I am extremely picky about my hot cocoa, extremely. This was DELICIOUS!!!! I even like it mixed with hot water. A little messy to make with all the powders, but so worth it! Thank you Mel!

  3. Tara says:

    Oh my this was gorgeous! My 10-yr old just made a batch cuz we ran out of the store bought stuff – which I’ll never be buying again! Even though it was +43 here yesterday and pretty darn hot today, she’s been bugging me for hot chocolate! Thank you for this!

  4. Shannon says:

    I’m sitting here drinking my green smoothie, drooling over these photos and this homemade hot chocolate mix. I will definitely try this very, very soon. Looks so yummy!

  5. Helen says:

    Mel, I just whipped up … 5 Batches of this this morning!!! I love this stuff so much and literally feel a little crazy every time I run out…. I pretty much drink it every single day … Nearly year round !! Just one of the many things you have introduced me to that help me get thru my crazy days. Just knowing I’m all stocked up on it again for awhile lowers my stress level. As, always, THANKS

  6. Deirdre McGonagle says:

    This was a huge hit with my kids! Thanks for the idea…also giving some away in a White Elephant gift exchange this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Monique says:

    Okay…..I have tried many hot cocoa mixes on Pinterest and have been disappointed but this one? SO GOOD!!! I didn’t even bother to put the white chocolate chips in the food processor and they still melted in my hot cocoa.
    I had purchased a lot of powder milk, organic cocoa and organic powdered sugar for another recipe but I didn’t like it so I thought I would try this recipe and was pleasantly surprised! I now have my recipe for gifts this year.
    Try this one folks and you will NOT be sorry!

  8. Brenda says:

    I’m making 10- 64 oz canning jars of this and wonder how much each recipe makes. It will be 640 oz total.

  9. Megan Parr says:

    Made this today- and I think it is probably because I used dutch process cocoa powder- but I had to add another cup of sugar to the mix because it was just a little bitter still. I ground up my own sugar for that 1 cup because I was out of powdered sugar after using it all in the mix. I love rich chocolate, and even 1/3 cup of mix was a bit much for me on top of powdered milk AND milk base. Other than those changes, this is the best homemade hot chocolate mix I’ve ever had. When I do big batches for parties I just go for part Milk/Cream and a mix of straight up millk and semi-sweet chocolate. That’s really all it takes if you don’t want an instant cup.

  10. Laura C says:

    Will it make much of a difference if I use regular unsweetened cocoa powder or do I need to use dutch process?

    Ps. I loooove your blog! Every recipe I’ve ever tried has been terrific!

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Laura! I’ve made it both ways – you can use unsweetened cocoa but the flavor is a bit richer/deeper with Dutch-process (delicious either way though).

  11. Karen says:

    This sounds great! Lame question but what is your top recommendation for a store bought mix if I am in a pinch.

    • Mel says:

      Is it bad that I don’t really have one? I use Stephens sometimes if it’s on sale (but don’t love the long list of unpronounceable ingredients). I’ve also used the mix from Thrive (thrivelife.com) and it’s pretty tasty.

  12. Shelia says:

    I was just wondering if I wanted to make a large container of the Coco and Stevia what would be the ratio? Don’t know if you would know or not.

  13. Zo says:

    Please can you tell me roughly how long this would last if I made it and stored it in a jar with the lid on? Going to make some for Christmas gifts and want to make them sooner rather than later but don’t want it to be done too early and not taste good!!


  14. Kendall says:

    Hi Mel,

    Do you use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder?

  15. Yvonne says:

    I saw your recipe. It sounds yummy. However, I have a question. Since Powder milk is used, could you not make with hot water for hot chocolate? And wondered has anyone tried it this way and how was the flavor

  16. Nicole P says:

    Does this have a strong dark chocolate taste? I love, love love hot chocolate too, but I’m more of a milk chocolate gal. Just wondering!

  17. judi says:

    i really dont like white chcolate .can i use chcolate chips ?

    • Mel says:

      You’ll have to experiment, the white chocolate chips don’t give a white chocolate flavor, they just add creaminess, so I’d recommend using them.

  18. Jenny says:

    Hey! Im a hot chocolate lover and i usually make the recipe on the back of my hersheys dark chocolate cocoa box, could i use hersheys dark cocoa instead of Dutch process, i do have both tho just in case.. and how ground up do i want the white chocolate chips? Like fine.. or just chopped, like small chunks? Lol and could i use non dairy creamer instead of powdered milk? Ive never used powdered milk before.. and creamer would keep longer i think.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Jenny, someone else used non dairy creamer and said it worked great; I haven’t tried it myself. You could definitely play around with the type of cocoa. As long as it is a kind you like, you should be ok. I far prefer this when the white chocolate is finely ground, but that’s just me.

  19. Shibani says:

    Hi Mel! Just wanted to know how long it keeps? And does it need to be refrigerated? Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      It should keep several weeks stored well-covered in the pantry (and probably much longer depending on how fresh your ingredients are); one commenter said they kept it for a year. Any longer than a month or so and I throw it in the freezer.

  20. Yvonne Reese says:

    I happen to have a great palate and this recipe is better than the canister of Starbucks hot chocolate I threw out so I could have a storage container for the hot chocolate mix I made from this recipe. Maybe HR did not follow the recipe properly or process the ingredients properly? Not sure but I am still giving this as gifts to accompany my baked goods during the holidays.

  21. HR says:

    I find it hard to believe that so many claim this is the “best hot chocolate ever.” I find it incredibly bland and tasteless. Would not ever recommend to anyone or give to someone as a gift. Yuck. Such a waste of ingredients.

    • h.hager says:

      Someone wrote this recipe was tasteless…and a waste of products. Please try again or at least reread the recipe. I just made it and found it very flavorful…..one suggestion….make sure you use white chocolate chips (not vanilla chips). Also, the recipe made a quart and a half mix may two quarts…..I did not measure.

  22. Angela says:

    Wow, just made this tonight and it was totally delicious. Nice and creamy without being overly sweet. Thank you!

  23. Bev Ware says:

    Are you using the regular grocery store type powdered milk. I buy the more concentrated powdered milk like you would use for food storage, that comes in a #10 can. I’m wondering if the quantity needs to be adjusted for this type of powdered milk.

    • Yvonne Reese says:

      I just bought a regular box of powdered milk at Wal-Mart and it worked just fine. I have never used a concentrated powdered milk so I am not sure how to use it with this recipe. I was very impressed with this recipe.

    • Mel says:

      I usually use the dry milk that comes in a #10 can.

  24. Yvonne Reese says:

    I just made this with my Cuisinart food processor and it turned into a nice cohesive powder. I made a cup with skim milk and it was awesome. This will go very well with homemade sweets I distribute at Christmas. Thank you for posting this recipe

  25. Denise Ames says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Thinking of using assorted flavors of the white chocolate chips too

  26. Adam Clarkson says:

    How long would batch of this last? How long would it be before it goes off?

    • Mel says:

      Adam Clarkson – I think it could last ok at cool, room temperature (well-covered) for a couple weeks. If you want it to last longer, try freezing it.

      • Caren says:

        I put some in Mason jars and it lasted over a year!

        • Caren says:

          I forgot to mention that I used non-dairy creamer in place of the powdered milk and also almond bark (candy coating) in place of the white chocolate, if that makes any difference in how well it keeps. We just had some the other night out of a batch I made a year ago and it’s still wonderful. It was kept in a ziploc bag inside a canister.

  27. Katie Newfarmer says:

    Can you use hot water or powdered milk?

    • Mel says:

      Katie Newfarmer – Both substitutes are worth a try – I usually make it according to the recipe so you’ll have to experiment. Good luck!

  28. jenifer says:

    Hello Mel,
    Looks like a fantastic recipe. I’ve tried other cocoa mixes and often end up with clumps when I add water, have you noticed any problems in that regard?

  29. Lindsey R says:

    To make gourmet hot chocolate:. Instead of white chocolate chips use mint chips or cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips or raspberry chips. Its just white chocolate with flavoring. And the extra flavor source makes it gourmet flavored hot chocolate. I found this out by happy accident when I ran out of white chocolate and was desperate for this hot cocoa. Thanks Mel!

  30. jojo says:

    when you say “cup”, like in ” 3 cups pf powdered sugar “, how big or small is the cup you are talking about? i’m very accurate when it comes to this. sorry lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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  32. Trish says:

    Have to tell you…we just ran out of hot cocoa mix and I made this one. I added Ghiradelli white chocolate chips, finely ground to the mix. OH MY GOODNESS! Made it with water and an extra teaspoon of mix. Absolutely divine. Thanks so much for a new favorite recipe.

  33. padnerual says:

    Made this today for the first time for the family, and–walking on the wild side–ended up using canned food storage milk that had a “best used by 2006” date and a big white chocolate bar from Aldi (it was all that was readily on hand) and it STILL turned out fantastic. We experimented with both water and milk and deemed water just as lovely for the younger girls to enjoy. Such a treat for a snow day. Thanks for posting this gem.

  34. padnerual says:

    Made this today for the first time for the family, and ended up using canned Food Storage Milk that had expired in 2006 and a white chocolate bar from Aldi (that all that was readily on hand) and it STILL turned out fantastic. We experimented with both water and milk and deemed water just as lovely for the younger girls to enjoy. Such a treat for a snow day. Thanks for posting this gem.

  35. Diane says:

    It is very likely that I forgot a cup of powdered sugar, and then measured very lightly, because I still added maybe another half cup (I just dumped it in). I added a tiny bit more white chocolate, but that was mostly to make up for possibly being scant with my 1 1/2 cups. And now I’m afraid to try it in water, but in milk it does make a very pleasant cup of hot chocolate. I won’t be ashamed of giving it to anyone. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry about my pregnancy brain… it’s been so bad this past month.

  36. Diane says:

    I feel like I must have done something wrong – I did not love this recipe. It tasted too much like cocoa, and I did use dutch-process. I can’t actually remember if I added both cups of sugar, though I feel like I would definitely notice if I didn’t. I’m going to try adding more sugar (and maybe more white chocolate)… But I’m pretty disappointed because I really wanted to give some to my aunt the other night, but it wasn’t even as good as cheapo store brand to me. I hope I have more success with added sugar…

  37. Cassie says:

    Ok, I think I got it.
    1/2 teaspoon = .00520833 cups and then I added that to the rest of the cups, total of 8.00520833 cups in this recipe.
    Divvied by 20 servings, 3.20 oz per serving. The Archer Farms bottles are 9.5 oz each which makes it a little less than 3 servings would fit in each container.

    Sorry for babbling ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Cassie says:

    I’m thinking of making some of this as gifts and putting it into Archer Farms glass containers (like the Starbucks one, but Target’s brand)… I was wondering if you know the measurement of how much this makes? Like how many ounces it works out to, I’m having trouble thinking of how to figure it out or even how to look on google.

    It sounds reaaally good by the way. I wonder if someone could use the easy melt caramel rounds instead of the white chocolate too if they wanted, I’m not sure if they are too sticky to chop up.

  39. Mary B. says:

    This is the best hot chocolate ever!
    I just did a side by side taste test of Alton Brown’s, Jacques Torres’, and your recipe, and yours wins hands down. Perfect amount of sweetness, incredibly smooth – this is what I call a perfect cup of hot chocolate! I suspect the grated white chocolate is what sets it apart.
    Great recipe, thanks so much.

  40. Bree says:

    Hi Mel! I love your recipes and have several favorites I use on a regular basis (hello Sweet & Sour Chicken!!! :))
    I would love to make this hot chocolate for neighbor gifts this year! I don’t have a food processor but read that a blender can be used. Here is my (possibly dumb) question: do I only put the white chocolate chips in the blender, pulse til they are fine and then add them to all the powdered ingredients and mix well. OR do I put ALL the ingredients in the blender? Thanks in advance!! Merry Christmas!

    • Mel says:

      Bree – that’s not a dumb question at all! I’ve found with this recipe that it helps to grind up the white chocolate before and then add all the other ingredients and blend up all together. Good luck!

  41. Jeff says:

    I made this last year with much success and accolades…I made one with cinnamon and cayenne pepper (Mayan) and was totally delish…but the cinnamon didn’t stay “mixed” as it sat. So this year I ordered some flavor oils that I’ll add to melted white chocolate, then let it set back up and add to food processor. We’ll see how that works ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Amber says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and added it to my homemade Christmas goodie baskets this year. I personally am not a fan on hot chocolate and I hate white chocolate. However, my husband loves it so as I was whipping up a batch I made him a cup. Of course I had to taste it to know what I’ll be giving out. I took one sip and said mmm that is pretty good, then I kept going back for more sips! It’s so good! Thanks for the recipe!

  43. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much.

  44. Debbie says:

    Divine! Having me a cup right now! This is the best hot chocolate I have ever had. Love it!

  45. sujoomama says:

    Is it really 1/3 cup per glass? I was just wondering….it seems like a lot for 1 cup of milk…I know it IS rich and delicious and fabulous!…..but, it’s finishing off quickly if I’m putting a 1/3 cup per glass and we are having it often! So, either I need to double the batch next time, or my kids don’t get this as often as me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mel says:

      Hey Sujoo – yep, it really is 1/3 cup; however, I always add a bit less for my kids. They don’t need it as rich and creamy as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚ And really, if you like it with less, then by all means, add 1/4 cup or less to each cup – then the mix will last even longer!

  46. sujoomama says:

    Another fabulous recipe! Loved it! I made it and immediately jarred a gift for my neighbor! Thanks Mel! You are the best!

  47. Lisa says:

    Love your recipes! I will try this when my batch runs out, but I wonder if you have tried KAF’s version of homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (“Monster Hot Chocolate”). This version is the best I have ever tried and does not contain non-fat dried milk. Please keep the testing and tweaking going…

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  49. Liz says:

    I used this recipe for wedding favors for my daughters wedding on the 30th of December. We have been enjoying the “left overs” every night. I have used water and also milk. Wonderful recipe and a new family favorite.

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  52. Katherine says:

    Thank you Sharon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. SharonZee says:

    Katherine, the salt is only to balance the sweetness. No one will notice. I promise.

  54. Katherine says:

    I just made this to give as a gift and to keep some for myself. I have a new baby (along with two other boys) so I am sleep deprived and forgot the salt! I have already put it together as the gift. Do you think that makes a big difference or can I just skip it? I could always take it out of the package and remix it with the salt, but I don’t want to mess with it if it doesn’t make a big difference. Thoughts anyone?

    • Mel says:

      Katherine – I wouldn’t take the mix out of the bags for the salt. If you could open them and toss in a very slight pinch of salt that would help the flavor but honestly, I think it will be ok.

  55. Cindy says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I made two batches. One with white chocolate chips, and one with mint chocolate chips. I also sifted the ingredients as well. I’m giving this as gifts to my colleagues. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Brooke says:

    I have never commented before, but…wow! A-Mazing! I, too, made this for teachers (and others) and packaged it up without so much as a taste. (Daring, right?) And then I got kinda nervous and thought, “What if it’s bland, boring stuff?” And then I’d mentally counter, “But it just CAN’T be if she says it satisfies her chocolate craving, etc..” So, tonight, while the hubby and kids were gone, I tried the last little bit myself…and WOW! I grew up on the Hersey’s can recipe, so I love the ‘real’ stuff. And this mix is completely and wonderfully satisfying.

    I was introduced to your blog via a friend who made your Cashew Granola, and I ooo’d and ahhh’d over it. Often I just read the recipes for fun (great writing!); I’m very glad I tried this one! Thanks!

  57. Julie says:

    This is the BEST hot chocolate I’ve ever had!!! So rich and chocolatey….all my child’s teachers are getting this. Thank you!

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  60. Kim says:

    Hmm, let me first say that my boys love this. I however do not. If your not a fan of powdered milk this recipe isn’t for you. The powder milk over powers the chocolate, and totally ruined it for me.

  61. Evelyn says:

    I made two batches today and put them in mason jar’s for my kids’ teachers. The first batch I made with the white chocolate chips but the second I made with vanilla chocolate chips. It’s yummy! Hubby says next time I should use dark chocolate chips, so we’ll have to see. Or maybe chopped up Andes mint candies? Thanks for the great idea!

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  63. Mel says:

    Agnes – I’m not sure exactly. The recipe states that in an airtight container, it is good for up to 3 months so somewhere in that time frame (depending on how well sealed it is).

  64. Agnes says:

    This recipe sounds awesome and I am actually trying it out right now. I just have one question: how long does it store when you put it into a plastic goodie bag (tied with a twos-tie)? Thanks!

  65. Kelly says:

    Mel to the rescue once again! I made some biscotti to take as a hostess gift, but what good is biscotti without something to dunk it in? I knew you’d have the perfect recipe. I even had to fudge a bit since I was low on cocoa- I used dark chocolate chips to make up the rest. Words of advice: Mix this up in a bag or container first, then process/blend in small amounts. Pretty sure I almost killed my (cheap!) blender when all the chips got stuck at the bottom. Whoops!

  66. Caroline says:

    I just made this. It is wonderful! I had to make it with water since I used last of milk
    in cereal this morning. I can’t wait to try with milk.

  67. SharonZee says:

    Found an idea on Pinterest to make jarred hot cocoa mix, with snowman painted faces on marshmallows stuck in the top. Too cute. But I didn’t like the recipe as it included cornstarch, which confectioners sugar already has in it. Searched some more and found your recipe. Just finished making a test batch and a test cup. It came out great. Yes, like someone else it had a clump of the mixture at the bottom of the cup, but that also happens with packaged mix. I always thought of that clump as a special prize when the cocoa was gone. By the way, I drink raw milk.

  68. Mel says:

    Rebecca – the purpose of a food processor (or blender) is to really grind up the white chocolate into a powder.

  69. Rebecca says:

    I have a $25 Oster 12-speed blender. Will that work? What really is the purpose of putting the powdered ingredients in a food processor or blender?

  70. Mel says:

    Rebecca – do you have a blender that could do the job?

  71. Julia says:

    Oh my Mel! You have done it again. I just finished the best cup of hot chocolate ever! I subbed in stevia for the powdered sugar and only used about 1/4 c. mix and it was wonderful. Thinking of doing this for Christmas gifts or Valentine’s Day.

  72. Rebecca says:

    This recipe sounds very good, but I’m wondering if it’s possible to make it without the food processor. I don’t own one so I can’t complete that step!

  73. Shawnda says:

    Forgot to mention I omitted the white choc as I didn’t have any

  74. Shawnda says:

    This turned out GREAT I loved it!!! I also added about 1 1/2ish cups of non dairy cramer as I love my hot choc nice and creamy. Also I’m going to be making some tags if you would like to add it as a printable I’ll gladly send it to you.

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  76. tresa says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My grandmother (mother of 10) always made her hot chocolate – out of necessity I believe! She gave me her recipe many years ago, but it was hard for me to scale down to a size I could work with…. I think it had like 5# of dry milk, 1 can of cocoa…etc. Your recipe seems to be quite similar and just the right portion! thanks again

  77. Julianne says:

    This stuff is fabulous and is going to be in our homemade Christmas gifts for family and teachers. We always keep a bag of this in our pantry and make it with milk or water. We’ve never had issues with any sludgy stuff at the bottom…I do use store-brand powdered milk and I finely grate the Bakers white chocolate squares. Then I food-process all of the ingredients as instructed. Great, great recipe!

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  79. Mel says:

    Abigail – I don’t know exactly since I’ve never calculated it by weight or measure.

  80. Abigail says:

    About how many ounces of mix does this recipe make?

  81. rimickie says:

    Update: I made this with both water and milk, and each was delicious, still a little too sweet, so I will be cutting back on the sugar for the next batch. Usually hot chocolate made with water has a “watery” taste, but not with this mix.

  82. rimickie says:

    I plan on giving this out as Christmas gifts this year, so I made a small batch to test it out. It is very good, but I found it a little too sweet, and I’m a sweetaholic, has anyone tried it with less sugar, curious to see how it would turn out.

  83. JulieK says:

    I would say it is pretty fine….well I will just have to try it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Mel says:

    Bridget – I believe several commenters said they have used water (read through just to make sure).

  85. Bridget says:

    Can you use hot water instead of hot milk?

  86. Mel says:

    JulieK – hmmm, maybe the brand of dry milk does make a difference. Does it have a super fine texture?

    Karin – no, I don’t have printable tags. Sorry!

  87. Karin says:

    Do you happen to have printable tags for directions with this?

  88. Caren says:

    I never have sludge on the bottom — it dissolves much, much better than the packaged stuff. I substitute powdered coffee creamer for powdered milk and use hot water instead of milk, and it tastes very much like what my mom used to cook on the stove from scratch. It’s WONDERFUL! Oh, and since white chocolate can be kind of pricey, I use the white almond bark that you can get in the grocery store for making candy. Thanks for sharing – SO glad I found this recipe!

  89. JulieK says:

    Mel, I don’t know, I stirred really vigorously with a spoon one time, and with a whisk another time and got the same results. I used organic nonfat dry milk….maybe it is the brand of milk?

  90. Nancy Weigle says:

    found you via Pinterest

  91. Mel says:

    JulieK – I’m not sure because that’s never happened to me. Do you think more vigorous stirring could help dissolve everything in the hot liquid?

  92. JulieK says:

    I just tried this and really like the flavor. However, we ended up with a tasteless sludge at the bottom of our cups that we think must be the dry milk powder. Any way to keep this from happening!? I used boiling water so it should have dissolved everthing!

  93. Kate says:

    This is really good! I think I might try using water next time. I had a good 8 ounces of milk but when I added in the 1/3 cup of mix it was way to rich! even after adding more milk. I think I’ll try using water, less mix and a splash of milk next time. Or just add it to my coffee!!!!

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  95. Jacob Crim says:

    Totally making this and taking it over to the girl I am talking to house on a cold evening.

  96. connie says:

    I also found it to be a bit bitter. I used the whole pkg of wht chocolate. I also used Hershey cocoa. I added more sugar. Maybe that will help. Thanks for the recipe.

  97. Mel says:

    Kelli – did you use natural cocoa powder or Dutch-process? It will be less bitter if you use Dutch-process. If it is still too bitter, try adjusting the sugar, although I’ve never had problems with the bitterness.

  98. Kelli S. says:

    Thanks for this recipe, I love that I have homemade hot cocoa mix! However, it’s a little bitter for my taste. Is there something I can add to tone down the bitterness a bit? I LOVE all of your recipes, you are my go to when I am menu planning each week.

  99. Caren says:

    This is the most wonderful mix I’ve found. I had mixed up a batch of another recipe that called for 1t salt and 2t cornstarch and less cocoa, so I just added the extra cocoa and white chocolate to what I already had – what an amazing difference!!!!!! The first batch was so very bland and watery. I used powdered creamer instead of powdered milk and mixed with hot water. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  100. Gabrielle says:

    I found your mix via Pinterest and just made a batch. It is wonderful! I usually hate mixing hot cocoa with water but this mix is so rich and thick it’s perfect. Thank you so much for sharing, I think it just might get me through the winter. :).

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  102. Mel says:

    Kimi – I use the Carnation brand of nonfat dry milk usually and Hershey’s cocoa powder. It is natural, unsweetened cocoa powder but you could certainly use dutch process.

  103. Kimi says:

    Hi Mel,can I ask what brand of nonfat dry milk powder and unsweetened cocoa powder do you used? Is it a dutch process of cocoa powder?

  104. Amy says:

    I made my mother’s recipe and it was so expensive that I decided we’d just buy the canned mix when it went on sale; but looking at this recipe, I have all the ingredients on hand so I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  106. michelle says:

    Made this today (just a half-recipe) and tried it with my kids when they got home from school. We all LOVED it!! It’s so rich and thick and good! Love the use of white chocolate. My Kitchenaid mini-chopper got everything powdery very well (just took a few batches). I used real mini-white chocolate chips from nutsinbulk.com; the mini size was perfect for this. Love, love, love this; thank you so much!!! Maybe I’ll use it for Christmas gifts for 2012. Kinda wish I had made the full recipe now… lol. Oh, and, I’m excited to have a good use for all of this nonfat dry milk powder sitting around my kitchen! Oh, I added the scraped seeds of 2 vanilla beans to the mixture.

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  108. I just found your website through Pinterest and I am in LOVE! Thank you, I look forward to trying this.

  109. Jen M says:

    Can’t wait to make this! I just wish I had more of the white chocolate/peppermint kisses to use in it…oh well. I know it will be good because ALL your recipes are!

  110. Cathy Heckman says:

    Cute way you can package this as well- clear disposable pastry bags filled with hot cocoa mix, topped with micro-mini marshmallows use a twist tie to secure the pastry bag and tie with a red ribbon- great package topper and looks like a Sundae Cone. Of course don’t forget a tag with directions.
    Am anxious to try this mix, since we have hit the frigid winter here in Chicagoland!

  111. Lisa says:

    Mel… I just made this cocoa mix and had a cup. It’s divine! I’m thinking I will give it to friends for Valentine’s Day. It’s still frigid up here in MN mid-February. Thanks for another great recipe! BTW… my Dad turned me on to your blog 3 or 4 months ago. It is now my go-to spot for recipes. When I make something new and really tasty, my family always asks, “Is this a Mel?” and we have a little laugh, as my response is always YES!! Thanks for all your hard work and Happy New Year!

  112. Jenn says:

    I got the husband a hot chocolate maker for Christmas and we’ve been trying all different kinds of recipes. Made this one tonight. It was very good. My husband said it was “very European”–reminds him of his mission in Spain. Thank you!!

  113. tonya says:

    I’m a coffee girl & typically only indulge in hot chocolate when there’s snow on the ground. Around here (SC), that usually only happens one, maybe two days a year (if that!). It comes & goes so fast we hardly have enough time to make snow cream!! I always buy a box of hot chocolate mix this time of year & enjoy my few cups, but am not the expert or the lover of it like you. However, I have friends & family who could chug it w/ the best & I thought this was a great “happy winter” gift idea for them! Well, I’m buying ingredients for a 2nd batch this week or my friends & family will miss out. We (mostly me) have almost finished our batch. Yep. I may or may not have drooled over mine. Seriously, it’s not even cold here. This stuff is dreamy!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!!

  114. Sharon says:

    Add a pinch of cayenne for some kick and an interesting flavor

  115. I made this tonight and it is truly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had! Rich, creamy, full flavor! Thanks,Mel!

  116. Rosie says:

    Thanks so much Mel!! I just made this as last minute hostess gift for the holidays and all I can say is Oh-Em-Gee this is WAY better than store bought.

    I did try it with water – 3 heaping teaspoons, and it disolves very quickly. Then I added a splash of milk and it came out frothy, creamy and oh so chocolately – just the way I like it!!

  117. Stephanie says:

    I made half of this last night because I did not have enough dry milk…and too bad because I will be making it again! My family loved it with 2% milk. (My mom hates white chocolate and loved this.) Thanks, Mel.

  118. SheriInTx says:

    Really, REALLY curious to find out if anyone has tried making it with water instead of milk. We go through a LOT of hot chocolate mix here but we add it to coffee for what I call Focha, or cheap Mocha.


  119. Bobbinoggin says:

    I’m a huge peanut butter fiend and wonder how this recipe would do with the substitution do PBS chips instead of w choc chips.

  120. Jamy says:

    THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!!!!! I was trying to find a homemade hot chocolate powder since I am so tired of spending big bucks on Stephens. I, too, drink at least one (giant!) cup a day and I probably add more powder than most. So it’s really expensive! =D Thanks so much, I cannot wait to try it!!!

  121. Mel says:

    Erin – I use the food processor on my Bosch mixer but I have a food processor on my wish list (because the one I have is really small) – it is the one recommended by Cook’s Illustrated: the 12-cup Kitchenaid KFP 750. Hope Santa pulls through for you!

  122. Brittney says:

    Mel, your posts are so fun to read! And I just have to say on a random note- I am so excited to find out what this next little baby will be. It will be so fun for you on Christmas!

  123. Mariann says:

    Love your pictures on this post!

  124. Erin says:

    What type of food processor do you use? I don’t have one yet…. but maybe Santa (er, my husband) will take the hint and bring it for Christmas. Thanks!

  125. Kim in MD says:

    This sounds so delicious, Melanie! I love the addition of the white chocolate in this! That little red polka dot bucket is adorable…who wouldn’t love that filled with this yummy cocoa mix for a gift? Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mel! ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing this! As soon as I can get my hands on some white chocolate, I’ll be making this!

  127. Allie says:

    I thought I was the only person who drank hot chocolate on a daily basis! I even have it all summer long ๐Ÿ™‚ I am always on the quest for the best hot chocolate. I will be making this one for sure! Thanks Mel!

  128. Carey Murray says:

    I made this almost the same second I saw it, and I sware it is the BEST hot chocolate I have ever had. Now I have to share it with everyone I know! Thank you! Your blog is my favorite!

  129. Haley says:

    CAN’T WAIT to try this recipe! (Going to the store tomorrow for the ingredients!) My favorite drink at Starbucks is a zebra hot chocolate (add peppermint at Christmas to knock your socks off) and I’ve never seen a homemade version that included the white chocolate until now! I hope I love it equally so I can save some $$ ๐Ÿ™‚ We just had your creamy garlic alfredo tonight {Sidenote, Congrats on being pregnant!} for the 1st time and my family is in love! Thank You!

  130. Calista says:

    I found your blog today for the first time, have added you to my reader and plan on nosing around abit if you don’t mind. ๐Ÿ™‚ The way my family goes through hot chocolate in the winter, we’re definitely trying this mix. Thanks for sharing!

  131. Mel says:

    Veronica – I haven’t tried it with water. I’ve been tempted but love it so much with the milk that I don’t want to be disappointed!

  132. Have you tried making this with water?

  133. Thank you for another “best” recipe, one that I was searching for! I got a recipe from my preacher’s wife and was underwhelmed too. There was hardly any chocolate in it so you had to use a ton to get the right flavor in your drink-seriously, you had to fill the cup like half full of mix! So I’m excited to try this one. thanks!

  134. Jackie Brown says:

    I’m adding this to my freezer cooking class recipes! Thanks, Mel. Merry Christmas

  135. Chris says:

    Thank you, Mel, for this recipe! One of my kids has been talking about wanting to give hot cocoa as a mix and this is an ideal solution!

  136. Deb says:

    Does anyone else wish they were a teacher to one of Mel’s kids? That is the cutest gift ever, they had to be delighted to receive them! Merry Christmas Mel!!

  137. Jenny says:

    I needed a hot chocolate recipe! Thanks for sharing this one. It tastes great and you timing on posting it was perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Mel says:

    Marian – I use the instant nonfat dry milk in all recipes that call for it (like this one and several roll recipes that I have). It is a really fine powder that you don’t have to blender-ize to make work. Hope that helps!

  139. Mel says:

    Christine – it’s actually a little polka dot bucket and I got it on clearance at Hobby Lobby. The cheapest mugs I’ve seen are at the Dollar Store and Walmart.

  140. Marian says:

    Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it. I’m never sure if the powdered milk in recipes are refering to the instant variety or the non-instant–you know, the kind that you have to make in a blender so the particles don’t clump! Which do you use?

  141. Christine says:

    What a great idea! I am bookmarking this for next year! By the way, where did you get those adorable polka dot mugs?

  142. Catherine says:

    I’ve never heard of adding white chocolate – how intriguing! I’m sad I already gave out all my teacher and neighbor gifts, this would have been a great one. I might just have to try this anyway… you know, just to verify how delicious it is!

  143. Renee says:

    I have made this before and it is SO good. Your post is a good reminder to make it again. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!!

  144. Kelly W. says:

    I was just thinking last night that I really wished I had a good hot chocolate recipe and this shows up in my e-mail this morning! Thank you, Mel!

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