Who cares for the powdery, bland store-bought hot cocoa mix? This easy homemade hot chocolate mix is rich, creamy and tastes like real hot chocolate. With this mix of real chocolate, dutch cocoa, powdered milk, and granulated sugar, you can enjoy gourmet hot chocolate any time in a pinch. It makes a perfect winter or holiday gift.
My family always yearns for good hot chocolate in wintertime. The best tasting hot chocolate is always made from scratch by melting the chocolate in hot milk in a pan simmering on the stove. But that takes time and effort, and sometimes you need that hot drink fast!
So it’s a good idea to keep this pre-made hot cocoa mix handy during the winter, especially for the holidays.
Every year I make powdered hot chocolate mix for my family and they always love it. It tastes rich, creamy, and chocolatey. And it is so easy to make. Depending on the richness and creaminess you desire, all you need to do is add hot water or milk to the mix. Honestly, it is so much better than store-bought.
This ultimate hot chocolate mix recipe uses a combination of dutch cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, powdered milk, granulated sugar, and a little bit of cornstarch to keep the mix dry for longer storage.
Dutch cocoa powder is less acidic than natural cocoa powder, and I found it makes a more pleasant hot cocoa mix. It also makes your drink darker, which is visually more pleasing to me.
Rich Taste Comes from Real Chocolate
Since cocoa powder doesn’t have cocoa butter, it contains almost no fat. So cocoa powder does not make for a rich and creamy drink by itself. The cacao butter content in the chocolate bar, however, makes the hot chocolate mix richer and deeper. I use bittersweet chocolate bar for this recipe.
Bittersweet chocolate contains 60-70% cacao and has less sugar, where semisweet chocolate has 30-40% cacao. You can use either one, depending on your personal preference. I prefer bittersweet for its deeper flavor.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Making homemade hot chocolate mix is super easy when you use a food processor.
Combine the powdered milk, dutch cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a food processor. Pulse the ingredients in the food processor until the chocolate is finely ground.
You might want to do this in batches if your processor is not big enough to hold all the ingredients at once. If so, whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl first, then work in two to three batches in the food processor.
How to Make Hot Chocolate with Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
The recommended ratio for a cup of hot chocolate is;
- 3 tablespoon of hot chocolate mix + 1 cup(16 oz) of hot water or milk
Put hot cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot water or milk (milk makes it richer and creamier). If desired, top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows, or spices, as you desire.
Add extra flavor to your chocolate
To make your cup of chocolate more gourmet, add a touch of your favorite spices. A dash of cinnamon (my favorite), cardamom, nutmeg, cayenne, and even ginger will bring a warmth to your beverage and make it even more tasty.
Other additions to top up your hot chocolate are:
- whipped cream
- candy cane (Use it to stir your chocolate mix. It will melt as you stir and adds peppermint flavor)
- crushed candy cane
- Mini chocolate chips – makes your hot chocolate even richer
Water vs Milk
If you prefer slightly thinner hot chocolate, use hot water. If you like your drink very rich, creamy, and velvety, adding hot milk will make it right.
What kind of chocolate to use?
I recommend using bittersweet or semisweet chocolate bars from the baking section of your grocery store. Use any of your favorite brands. You can also use chocolate chips if a bar is not available.
What if I don’t have food processor?
The food processor will grind the chocolate into powder. If a food processor is not available, a heavy duty blender will work, too.
How long does this homemade chocolate mix last?
Store the mix in an airtight container always. It can stay in the freezer for up to 6 months, and about 2-3 weeks at room temperature in the pantry. Keep it in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.
Check out my other Drinks. Some of my favorites are:
- Korean Cinnamon Ginger Punch (Sujeonggwa)
- Hot Chocolate on a Stick
- Harvest Punch (Korean Cold Remedy Drink)
- Korean Watermelon Punch (Subak Hwachae)
Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until the chocolate is finely ground and everything is turn into powder, about 60 seconds.
- You might want to do this in batches if your processor is not big enough to hold all the ingredients at once. If so, whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl first, then work in two to three batches in the food processor.
- To make hot chocolate, put 3 tablespoon of hot cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot water or milk (milk makes it richer and creamier). Top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows, or spices, as you desire.