How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

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How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

With the holidays upon us, it’s time once again that I share with you some of my favorite, simple homemade holiday gifts. This wintertime staple is a quintessential way to deal with the frosty cold weather. This homemade version is made with only a few, all-natural ingredients and the bonus to making it yourself, besides the obvious, is the free reign to add whatever you’d like to it. If you like less sweet, opt for unsweetened chocolate, looking for a little more sweetness try bitter or semisweet chocolate instead. You can add cinnamon or cayenne or any other flavors you’d like (see the bottom of the post for flavor variations). Today I am sharing my recipe for a basic hot cocoa mix with a few suggestions at the end for extra add-ins, as well as a free printable label for you to print out, customize and add to your gift.

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

There’s nothing like giving the gift of tasty treats, made with love this time of year, but especially cozy, heart-warming decadence like this homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. Rich and luxurious without being excessively sweet. Download the included printable, customizable label, throw in some mini marshmallows, this is a great recipe if you want to make your own. Package it all up in a cute jar, include a tablespoon tied with a little ribbon or string and voila, the perfect holiday gift.

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

1) Start with just a few simple high-quality ingredients. Cocoa powder (or raw cacao), coconut sugar (or other granulated sugar of your choice), chopped dark, semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate, arrowroot starch, vanilla and a little sea salt.

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

2) Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery. If you don’t have a food processor, very finely chop the chocolate by hand, and whisk all the ingredients together.

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

3) That’s it. Package it in a cute jar or container, if you’d like leave room for mini marshmallows and include a tablespoon and of course, include a customized label. (see below)

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

Flavor Variations:

Mexican Hot Chocolate: include cinnamon with cayenne or chile powder (2-3 tablespoons cinnamon and a couple teaspoons chile to the master cocoa mix recipe)

Mint Hot Chocolate: swap mint extract for the vanilla extract

Garam Masala Hot Chocolate: include ground garam masala (about 2-3 tablespoons to the master cocoa mix recipe)

Chinese Five Spice Hot Chocolate: include ground Chinese Five Spice (about 2-3 tablespoons to the master cocoa mix recipe)

Other options to add: ground cardamom, ground ginger or espresso

How-to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix Labels

Bonus – Printable Labels:

Download a customizable version of these labels to print at home to give your jar of homemade Hot Cocoa Mix an extra-special, personal touch! Print the PDF, simply write your name in under “by:” and fill in the servings. That’s it. DOWNLOAD HERE.

Print these 2.5-inch diameter labels on any Avery brand 22808 template. I used these brown kraft paper labels.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Drew December 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

Thank you!!! I can’t wait to make this for my GF/DF wife this Holiday Season :)

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2 Beth @ Tasty Yummies December 1, 2015 at 8:20 am

Aww what a sweet hubby you are! She will love it. Happy Holidays!!

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3 Drew December 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Thanks! How big is your jar? 16oz?

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4 Lynn Richards December 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

aMAZing!!!!

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5 Linda | The Baker Who Kerns December 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

With holiday season it is definitely important to have some hot cocoa! I’m a little scared of getting store bought mixes because I don’t trust their ingredients or whatever they decide to put in them. This puts me at ease! Can’t wait to start drinking some hot cocoa!

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6 Nana P December 1, 2015 at 11:38 am

Wow, this looks great-and super easy too!

Thanks! :)

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7 Erika December 11, 2015 at 5:24 am

Sounds delicious! I made homemade hot cocoa for gifting last year (different recipe), but it did not taste very good; it was bitter. Is the cocoa powder supposed to be Unsweetened or not? Thanks

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8 Daniel December 13, 2015 at 8:28 am

What is the arrow root powder for?

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9 Beth @ Tasty Yummies December 15, 2015 at 7:27 am

It acts as a thickener, to make the hot chocolate thick and luscious.

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10 Cindy December 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Where did you get that adorable heart tablespoon measure?!?

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11 Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 6, 2016 at 6:57 pm

They were a gift, sorry I am not sure where they are from.

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12 Stephanie November 24, 2016 at 8:10 am

Are those adorable glass jars available on Amazon?:) I suppose Mason jars would work too :)

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