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!

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!Here is one last DIY Christmas gift idea, Homemade Dark Chocolate 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.

A few other great DIY Christmas gifts are these Mason Jar Gift Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Mason Jar Gift Fruit and Nut Oatmeal.

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 Homemade Dark Chocolate 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 marshmallow 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 recipe is adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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 Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix into a 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 jar (included in recipe card below)
  • Printable (below recipe card) or handwritten instructions to attach to the jar.
Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
 


Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup (210g) powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces (170g) semi-sweet or dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup (80g) cocoa powder, any kind is fine
  • 1/2 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. Feel free to use semi-sweet or milk chocolate in place of the dark chocolate if you prefer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. This will keep at room temperature for up to 3 months.
  5. This recipe is adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

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

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Comments

  • Grandma wrote:

    I like this recipe better than the one I have that uses powdered milk. By using regular milk, I am sure the taste is much better.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Me too, I really didn’t care for the powdered milk versions.

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