Hot chocolate mix takes just seconds to make, and you may already have everything you need in the pantry. Just make sure one of those things is a very high quality cocoa powder.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cocoa, sugar, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Store in glass jars.

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Cook's Note:

A high quality Dutch processed cocoa makes the best hot chocolate.

To make hot chocolate, whisk in 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix per cup of hot milk.

Nutrition Facts

68 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 17.3g 6% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 88.9mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2016
Good ratios on the ingredients. Not too sweet nor too bitter and easily adjustable if that is not the case for the end user. These make nice Valentine's gifts. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2017
Personally, I loved this recipe and added a bit of a twist. In my initial batch, I had pre-made vanilla sugar to use, and I also added in cinnamon and ground cloves, plus probably a bit more cayenne. It was fabulous! Very gourmet and with a flavor more like Mexican or South American spiced hot chocolate, and I'd recommend these additions if you enjoy that taste. The more traditional American/Swiss Missers in the house did not agree, even with the deep chocolate flavor in general, and since we were making for extended family gifts, I decided to go with that opinion. I ended up adding MUCH more sugar via adding a nearly equal amount of confectioners sugar to lighten up the chocolate (as I'd seen in other more traditional recipes the use of even primarily confectioners sugar) , and basically drown out the spices. With that alteration of essentially doubling the sugar (eek!), my son rated it 10/10. Since I loved the recipe though the deep chocolate, less sweet original flavor does not appeal to all palates, rated a 4/5. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2016
Good ratios on the ingredients. Not too sweet nor too bitter and easily adjustable if that is not the case for the end user. These make nice Valentine's gifts. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
Exactly what I was looking for. Quick and easy and extremely satisfying. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2017
I like it but I wish there were a measurement for how much powder to put in Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2017
Really tasty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2017
Made this tonight for an alternative to coffee so late at night. I was craving something warm to drink and was also craving something sweet. This is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing I will be making this frequently this winter. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2019
Very good flavor however as noted by others I added more sugar. I also added a bit more salt to it which brings out more sweetness. Dutch cocoa is a definite must for this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2018
I love this cocoa mix. I put a pinch of cayenne but can't taste it. Next time I'll try a little bit more. Thanks Chef John Note: in a double batch I used 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2020
I made this for Christmas gifts and it was a big hit. I prefer dutch cocoa but my kids preferred a mix of dutch and peruvian cacao. They called it ski resort coco, which is a high compliment. Read More