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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hot-chocolate mix is a wintertime staple. A homemade version is delicious and natural -- containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt -- and especially economical compared with store-bought mixes.

  • Yield: Makes 5 3/4 cups dry mix or 92 eight-ounce servings
Homemade Hot Chocolate

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday


  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • Whole milk for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

  2. For individual servings, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.

Cook's Note

This mix will keep all winter if stored in an airtight container.

Reviews (19)

  • mercy910 22 Dec, 2014

    This recipe will only be as good as the quality cocoa you use so there is that. I used Frontier Fair Trade Organic Dutch Processed Unsweetened Cocoa, which is fairly high quality, to make mine and it was fantastic. I cut the recipe in half and only used 1.5 Tbs per 8 oz milk because the full two was chocolate overload. I used table salt and granulated sugar like the recipe called for. It was neither too sweet or too salty. I scald my milk on the stove. I also add a drop of vanilla paste. Yummy!

  • jennidoula 17 Dec, 2014

    Very salty. I thought it lacked the chocolate taste. I used powdered sugar. So I added more chocolate and sugar to balance it out. Not impressed at all.

  • chikster11 26 Oct, 2014

    Excellent!! My kids love it!

  • anetaw87 15 Mar, 2014

    I was craving hot chocolate and ran out of my stash. I decided to Google how to make it home made and I am never buying store bought mix again! I split the recipe in half since there are only 2 of us living here. And I added some cinnamon and nutmeg to add spice. Delicious. I think it would be tasty with less sugar if one prefers.

  • grubabecca 3 Oct, 2014

    I love this!

  • Heather D 13 Dec, 2013

    Love, Love, Love this! I will try to make it with splenda next time.

  • Trixiecando 12 Dec, 2013

    I would imagine that this recipe should say "unsweetened cocoa", therefore the need to reduce the amount of sugar is unnecessary, as a few people said. If you use sweetened cocoa then you would naturally reduce the amount of sugar. Also, it calls for "sugar", not "powdered sugar". Wouldn't that just be a matter of preference?

  • Daina K 11 Dec, 2013

    Are you using regular sugar or powder sugar??

  • Lbs1001 1 Dec, 2013

    I want to make this recipe for gifts. I use regular sugar or powdered sugar? Thanks in advance!

  • Kelly R 27 Nov, 2013

    Pretty tasty and super easy to make. Much sweeter than store bought, so I would recommend decreasing the sugar about 1/2 a cup if you aren't a fan of super sweet.

  • robert12 7 Jun, 2013

    How little we change, really. I considered of this lately when I increased onto the brown set seat of my bike and was packed with the same enjoyment I had on the routes of Drexel Produce, streamers journeying from my bars.

  • marioban 6 Jun, 2013

    writingandspeaking Its very yammy...i like very much chocolate flavor . i will try this. its to testy . I am waiting your next chocolate recipe . this is outstanding i never try this recipe before that but now i can't wait any more.

  • Chef Janos 23 Jan, 2013

    I just made a batch of this Coco Mix and it is truly a perfect mix. Very simple to make and as natural as it can be made.

    It would be wise to use a premium coco powder when making this. I made mine with Organic Green & Black's Cocoa Powder. Make sure you use powder sugar when making this.


  • Kayla Christy 18 Dec, 2012

    I planned on making this and putting it in a Jar for a gift for my kids teachers.What size jar would I need for this exact recipe? A quart?

  • admccoy 10 Dec, 2012

    I was in realy need of a cup of hot chocolate on this cold night but didn't have any in the house..... so I do a search and find this one... PERFECT!!!
    Do not think I will be buying a premade mix again...
    I did use creamer in the mix only because I wanted to take it to work and milk is not readily available at work, still PERFECT!!!

  • Alissa Tucker 8 Dec, 2012

    great i loved it so much it maid my day the guests were thrilled

  • peawink 24 Jan, 2011

    yikes, that's a lot of sugar .... i make my own too but use 1/3 sugar to 2/3 dark european cocoa powder.

  • junett 10 Jan, 2011

    i ran out of pre-made hot cocoa, so I looked this up. I will never go back to packaged mixes again! This is so easy, tastes better, and very economical. I recycle my plastic to-go soup containers and store the mix it.

  • PinkTrees 28 Dec, 2010

    a few years ago i made hot cocoa mixes as little gifts for friends complete with mugs, marshmallows, and peppermint bark...i went through the trouble of powdered milk and all these other ingredients. this recipe was easy and less hassle! i put everything into a gallon ziploc bag and shook it up. next time i will reduce the salt; it was a little salty for my tastes.

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