Growing up, I LOVED having hot chocolate at my best friend's house because it was the best. Her mom made her own mix and stored it in the pantry. It was always there and it was always so so yummy.
I don't know why it took me so long to get the recipe from her and start making it myself! First, it tastes SO MUCH BETTER than the store-bought hot cocoa, and second….it's way cheaper to make it yourself. It took me less than 5 minutes folks.
I've decided I'm going to gift hot cocoa for neighbor Christmas gifts this year. Cute, seasonal, and yet doesn't break the bank!
Okay, so the picture above is actually chocolate powder before it's mixed with everything else, but I thought it was rad-looking so I made it my main photo. The actual color of the mix once everything's been mixed together, will look like this:
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1 8 quart box powdered milk (for me, my powdered milk uses 3/4 cup powder to make a quart of milk, so this ended up being 6 cups powder for me
- 1 lb powdered Sugar
- 1 lb Jar non-dairy Creamer
- 1 lb box Nestle's Nesquik
*OPTIONAL: Instead of using the entire jar of your non-dairy creamer, you can also add in a specialty creamer. I like to replace a cup of my creamer with salted caramel creamer.
*You can also add in some crushed candycane if you want to make a peppermint hot cocoa mix.
Mix Well. Filling mug about 1/3 part mix to 1 part hot water. Don't forget to top with marshmallows (although you really don't have to).