Want to learn how to make a hot chocolate recipe? Here is a simple recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix that only takes 30 seconds to prepare!
When I was growing up, I always made hot chocolate from a white packet, which I dumped into a mug of hot water, and mixed well with a spoon.
Now that I am a parent, who reads labels on processed foods, I have learned to make my own hot chocolate recipe.
Why did I make the switch? Well, for starters, the ingredients on one of the most popular hot chocolate pre-made mixes was pretty startling:
- Corn Syrup Solids
- Dairy Product Solids
- Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
- Artificial Flavor
- Cellulose Gum
- Sodium Caseinate
- Dipotassium Phosphate
- Sodium Aluminosilicate
- Mono and Diglycerides
- Guar Gum
Here is what is in my homemade hot chocolate mix:
- Unsweetened Cocoa
- Organic sugar cane (or regular sugar)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- A Pinch of Salt
Sounds much more appetizing, doesn’t it?
The best part is that my children actually prefer the taste of this homemade hot chocolate. It’s also cheaper than buying pre-made mixes, and it only takes about 30 seconds to make!
You can even make in in larger batches, so you only have to do it once. Whenever you’re ready for a cup of hot cocoa, just grab the mix, add it to some warm water or milk, and done!
Hot Chocolate Mix
Makes a little less than 1 cup of mix, which is enough for 4 – 5 mugs of hot cocoa.
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup organic sugar cane (or regular sugar)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- A pinch of salt
Mix together all of the ingredients, and store in a clean mason jar for up to a year.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
Makes 1 cup of hot cocoa
- 2 – 3 tablespoons full of hot chocolate mix
- 1 cup milk
- A small dash of vanilla extract
Bring one cup of milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately remove from heat, add in homemade hot chocolate mix and a dash of vanilla extract (optional).
Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate
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Homemade Hot Cocoa
A homemade hot chocolate mix recipe that only has four ingredients and takes about 30 seconds to make!
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup organic sugar cane or regular sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon optional
- 1 pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to a mason jar, seal with a lid, and shake vigorously until well mixed.
Make Hot Chocolate: For each hot cocoa, add one cup of milk to a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat, stirring in 2 – 3 tbsp of the hot cocoa mix per cup. Add in a dash of vanilla extract (if desired).
Buy the Ingredients
You should be able to find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store, but if you prefer to shop on Amazon (like me) here are the ingredients I use:
Kiva Raw Organic Cacao Powder (Unsweetened Cocoa – Dark Chocolate Powder) – Made from the BEST tasting PREMIUM Criollo Cacao Beans – Large 1 LB. BagWholesome Organic Cane Sugar, Fair Trade, Non GMO, 10 LB, single unitFrontier Organic Cinnamon Ground, 1.9 Ounce ContainerRedmond Real Sea Salt – Natural Unrefined Organic Gluten Free Fine, 10 Ounce Shaker (2 Pack)
Other Hot Chocolate Recipes
Now that you’ve learned to master the basic hot chocolate recipe, here are some more advanced recipes to try!