Hot Cocoa

Total Time:
5 min
5 min

5 1/2 cups dry mix


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.

Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.

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    Very good. The first time I made it, I left out the cayenne pepper. The second time, I put in way too much in. Any suggestions on how to fix it? Very good recipe nonetheless. :)
    Try 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper to dry mix; combine well. If you want a more chocolate taste, try 1/4 teaspoon to total mix; please stir well into dry mix.
    My 10 year old daughter made this today when we ran out of the packaged stuff and are home with a blizzard outside. it was simple to make and tasted delicious! my 3 year old doesn't usually like hot cocoa but loves this mix! I think I am going to stop buying the packets forever. Thanks Alton!
    I grew up with homemade hot chocolate mix, so I wanted to change things up from my mom's recipe. Sorry Mom, but this one wins out! Great flavor and easy to make. Products used are C&H powdered sugar, Lika whey milk, Hodgson Mills corn starch, and Equal Exchange baking chocolate. May try some instant espresso powder in my next batch. Friends thought I purchased the mix rather than making it.
    Hmmm... I was very happy to find a recipe that didn't require powdered coffee creamer. I'm not a fan of all the junk that's in them. I always have powdered milk on hand so I went ahead and put this together. I was happy with the look and consistency of the powder after I put it though a sifter. I gave this as a gift to a friend in a fun little jar. I had some of the mixture left over so I made myself a cup. I must say I'm a little disappointed. This was WAY TOO SALTY! Could have called this "Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate". So, to my personal taste I will add a pinch of salt to the mix next time and up the sugar by about half or even double.
    Quick, easy and delicious if you use quality cocoa. My husband would prefer it a little sweeter but I think it is perfect. I added a little cinnamon as well.
    I was looking for the recipe I learned in Girl Scouts many years ago. This was close to what I remembered. The addition of the cayenne is genius. Made it as gifts for the grandkids [ages 1 through 17] - including the cayenne - they thought it was the best ever. Thanks!
    I just made this and it turned out great. I made very slight modifications: like others, I left out the cayenne. I also used a tiny bit less salt (between 3/4-1 tsp total) and about 1/4 cup more sugar. I put everything through a fine-mesh sieve before mixing together, (clump- and grain-free!) and used hot water instead of milk. 
    These are the brands that I used: Peak whole-milk powder, (; Cacao di Pernigotti cocoa powder, (Williams Sonoma); and regular fine-crystal sea salt, Domino confectioners sugar, and Argo cornstarch. 
    If you plan to add marshmallows, whipped cream, or something else sweet or flavored; or if you plan to gift it with some small bottles of Bailey's or peppermint Schnapps that some other reviewers mentioned, then the original recipe would probably work just fine as a base to "build" on. 
    Hope this helps!
    Thanks so much for sharing your ingredients. I'm going to give it another try.
    Absolutely DREAMY! Used the Nestle "Nida" powdered milk as suggested by another reviewer and, oh my gosh....heavenly stuff. I'll never drink the store-bought again.
    Made it for gifts last year (along with mini-bottles of Kahlua and peppermint liqueur) and got requests to make it again! Dee-lish!
    Made this mix tonight, but left out the cayenne because of the kiddos. However, I added a dash to the cup I made for myself. This is a winner! Delicious!
    I make mine by the cup and it is delicious. 5t sugar, 1 t cocoa, dash of cinnamon, few drops of vanilla. Then using half and half or heavy whipping cream I pour just enough in to turn that into a paste. Then slowly add more while string to thin it down but not fill the cup. Fill the rest of the cup with black coffee. It's to die for. I don't know how coffee make chocolate taste better but it does.
    But how was THIS recipe? Why only three stars? If you want to share your own recipes, write a blog, but if you are supposed to be reviewing someone else's recipe, do it.
    It is delicious, I upped the cayenne and added cinnamon for a more mexican chocolate taste and everyone loves it!!
    I'm confused as to why so many people are saying this is salty. It's only 1tsp for the entire batch, not for one cup. I think some people are adding one tsp for each cup of hot cocoa.
    Hi Matthew. I can understand your suggestion that too much salt was added; however, I was mindful of adding just one teaspoon to the entire batch. My thought was that possibly the ingredients I used had some kind of additive(s) that could have caused the nasty taste. I'm dumbfounded because it's such a simple recipe, just assembling ingredients, really.
    It also might be the kind of salt they are using, maybe? If I recall correctly, Alton typically prefers to use Kosher salt in his recipes (as do I). Kosher salt is a larger grained salt than regular table salt, so a teaspoon of kosher salt will actually contain less salt by weight than a teaspoon of regular table salt. Maybe the problem is that people are using table salt. Just a thought ...
    That's a good thought, Rachel. I will keep that in mind. Thank you.
    Have used this for years, always good 
    1 cups non-dairy creamer 
    11/2 cups sugar 
    3/4 cup unsweetened Hershey?s cocoa 
    11/2 cup non-fat dry milk (powdered) 
    Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in jar or air tight container. 
    To serve: to 0ne cup hot water add 3-4 heaping teaspoons. Enjoy! 
    Spiced Cocoa mix 
    add: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 
    1tablespoon grated orange peel (optional 
    1 cups non-dairy creamer 
    11/2 cups sugar 
    3/4 cup unsweetened Hershey?s cocoa 
    11/2 cup non-fat dry milk (powdered) 
    Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in jar or air tight container. 
    To serve: to 0ne cup hot water add 3-4 heaping teaspoons. Enjoy! 
    But how was THIS recipe? Why only two stars? If you want to share your own recipes, write a blog, but if you are supposed to be reviewing someone else's recipe, do it.
    Lighten up! Most people enjoy reading other people's thoughts. Try drinking green tea.
    I made this with the cayenne pepper and, after one attempted cup, had to throw it away, it was dreadful. I don't care a bit how much the Aztecs liked their chocolate spicy. It was horrible. I'll make it again, but with out the cayenne pepper.
    Help, please. I was so looking forward to making this hot cocoa and it turned out awful. I threw out the entire batch. I followed the directions as listed, except I didn't add the cayenne pepper. I used Whole Foods Organic Powdered Sugar, Hershey's Cocoa (had it on hand), Carnation nonfat dry milk, salt, and cornstarch. I was conscious of using the directed amounts. The end taste was awful. Tasted salty, and had a strange aroma, not at all like hot cocoa. I came back to the site and compared the recipe again and viewed the video. What did I do wrong? Can someone who's had success share their brand of ingredients? I'll take ownership of messing this up, just want to know where I went wrong. Thanks very much.
    I just made this using whole-fat-milk powder, and it turned out awesome. You know how skim milk has a slightly sour taste and smell? I'm guessing if you made this with skim milk powder and mixed the result with hot water instead of hot milk, it would probably have that same characteristic; or, it could have turned out poorly simply due to the lack of fat. If you took your mix and mixed it with hot milk, that could help.
    Sorry, just saw that you asked for the brands. I used Domino confectioners sugar, Peak whole milk powder, Cacao di Pernigotti unsweetened cocoa powder (dutch processed - purchased from Williams Sonoma), Wegman's brand fine-crystal sea salt, and Argo corn starch. I put everything through a fine mesh strainer before mixing it together. The milk and cocoa powders were costly brands but I had some old gift cards to use up - otherwise I'd have used the same as you did! Hope this helps :)
    When making this, be sure and use the Nido brand powdered milk (in the Latin food section in most grocers) instead of the low-fat, store brand junk. It makes a HUGE difference.
    I really liked the flavor of the cocoa. I added just a teaspoon of instant coffee to heighten the cocoa flavor. I also sifted my PS and cocoa to avoid clumps a grainy texture. The mix was smooth when I made my cups. I was disappointed that my batch came out really salty (hence the -1 star). Next time, I'm going to use less salt or none at all.
    Did anyone else's come out kind of grainy toward the end of the cup? Not sure what I did wrong. I think it might have been the non fat milk powder by Carnation? BTW- You are so right about using good cocoa! It makes a real difference!
    This is the best mix ever. I use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon instead of the cayenne and substitute 1 cup powdered coffee creamer for 1 cup of the powdered milk. I also use a powdered sugar substitute since I'm diabetic. Makes my morning coffee absolutely wonderful.
    Do you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa?
    When a recipe calls for "cocoa" it is always unsweetened. The only "sweetened" cocoa is hot chocolate mix.
    Ghiradelli sells a sweetened & unsweeted cocoa powder, which is different than the hot cocoa mix. the sweetened tells you how to substitute it on the back.
    Questions? I like using milk or soy milk for my hot cocoa instead of water. Will this be just as good or do i need to adjust the powder milk. will make it will make it a bit creamier.
    If you are always going to use milk to make it, I would leave out the powdered milk altogether. If you might use water sometimes, I would leave it in.
    I believe the purpose of the cornstarch is to keep the mix dry and stop clumping. Cornstarch can absorb a huge amount of moisture without getting sticky or clumping.
    What is the purpose of the corn starch?
    We made it as the recipe suggested and wow, this is the best. I will never buy store mixes again. I didn't like them anyway. We did put it in the food processor as the powdered milk wasn't completely dissolving the first time we used it. We poured a little bit of heavy whipping cream in to it as well and it was divine. I also tried a cup with some raspberry flavor and it was good but I'd rather have it without it. I will be packaging this up for Christmas gifts.
    My son and I just made this. It is really good, really easy, and we will certainly make it often!!
    It's not sweet enough. After reading some of the other reviews, I was worried it would be too sweet, but I followed the recipe anyways. I had to more than double the sugar to get it to my liking. However, I did use regular cocoa powder.
    Very good! Me and my daughter just made this together. We just sprinkled some cayenne and a bit of cinnamon over it instead of adding the full amount of cayenne. Added about 4-5 tablespoons per cup and it was rich and delicious. We used whole milk instead of water and put marshmallows on top.... YUM!
    Makes a great gift, especially as part of a gift basket, especially as a housewarming, hostess, or holiday gift when you don't want to spend a lot but just give something special. I gave mini mason jars to friends and family one year, and kept a nice supply for myself. My favorite way to enjoy is just to add a spoonful to my regular coffee with a little extra milk. Makes it extra special. No
    AB comes up with the most interesting ideas. I tweeked this a bit. The dry milk was in granules instead of a powder. I put the 5 cups (double recipe through the food processor to give the resulting mix a more powder consistency throughout. Ends up looking just like the SM brand but way better for me. Does that mean I can drink this stuff all day? PS. A tablespoon of the mix is GREAT on top of ice cream
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