Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

  • This Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix is rich, creamy, and makes the best hot chocolate! You’ll never buy the store bought mix again!

    Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

    Here is one last DIY Christmas gift idea, Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. This rich, creamy, and irresistible hot chocolate mix makes the best cup of homemade hot chocolate, you will never need the store bought stuff again! 

    Make a big batch for yourself and give some away as a gift. Give some along with these DIY Chocolate Spoons and a coffee cup to make a wonderful gift for a friend, coworker, teacher, or gift exchange.

    Some more great gifting options are these DIY Christmas Gift Baskets and these Cinnamon Roll Cookies!

    This Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix is rich, creamy, and makes the best hot chocolate! You'll never buy the store bought mix again!

    About this Hot Cocoa Mix:

    • Feel free to use semi-sweet or milk chocolate in place of the dark chocolate if you prefer.
    • Use a high-quality chocolate and cocoa powder for this recipe for best results.  Brands such as Lindt and Ghirardelli for solid chocolate and Hershey’s will work great for the cocoa powder.
    • I added mini marshmallows and chocolate chips to this mason jar but feel free to add in different items such as crushed peppermints, toffee bits, different flavored marshmallows, or even different flavored chocolate chips.
    • This will keep at room temperature for up to 3 months.
    This Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix is rich, creamy, and makes the best hot chocolate! You'll never buy the store bought mix again!

    Supplies needed to make this Homemade Mason Jar Gift:

    • Quart mason jars and matching lids and rings (I prefer the wide mouth for easier filling)
    • Funnel (found in the canning section of your grocery store or hardware store)
    • Green and Red tissue paper cut into small squares.
    • Red and white kitchen twine.  (I found this twine at Wal-Mart in the cake decorating section.)
    • Ingredients to fill the jar (included in the recipe card below)
    • Printable (below the recipe card) or handwritten instructions to attach to the jar.

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    Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     

    This Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix is rich, creamy, and makes the best hot chocolate! You'll never buy the store bought mix again!

    Course: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade hot chocolate, Homemade hot cocoa mix, mason jar gift
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 262 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • cup (210g) powdered sugar
    • 6 ounces (170g) semi-sweet or dark chocolate, roughly chopped
    • 1 cup (80g) cocoa powder, any kind is fine
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    Instructions
    Hot Cocoa Mix:
    1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery.  Store in an airtight container.  

    To Use:
    1. Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan until it starts to simmer.  Add in 4 tablespoons – 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix and whisk until well combined. 

    2. Pour into a mug and top with any desired toppings. 

    To Make Mason Jar Gift:
    1. Spoon hot cocoa mix into a 1-quart mason jar (I like to use a funnel to help keep things cleaner). Gently tap jar on the counter to help layers settle. Add a layer of mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Seal with lid and attach the recipe card.

    Recipe Notes
    1. This makes about 3 1/4 cups of hot cocoa mix. 
    2. Feel free to use semi-sweet or milk chocolate in place of the dark chocolate if you prefer.
    3. Use a high-quality chocolate and cocoa powder for this recipe for best results.  Brands such as Lindt and Ghirardelli for solid chocolate and Hershey’s will work great for the cocoa powder.
    4. I added mini marshmallow and chocolate chips to this mason jar gift but feel free to add different items such as crushed peppermints, toffee bits, different flavored marshmallows, or even different flavored chocolate chips.
    5. This will keep at room temperature for up to 3 months.
    6. Nutrition facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrition is just for the dry mix. 

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
    Amount Per Serving (5 tablespoons)
    Calories 262 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Saturated Fat 5g31%
    Cholesterol 1mg0%
    Sodium 6mg0%
    Potassium 381mg11%
    Carbohydrates 53g18%
    Fiber 8g33%
    Sugar 39g43%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 7IU0%
    Calcium 34mg3%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    This Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix is rich, creamy, and makes the best hot chocolate! You'll never buy the store bought mix again!

    Download Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix Printable Here

    This recipe is adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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