Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

I love whipping together a few homemade foodie type gifts during the holiday season.  I like to drop a plate of cookies or some homemade hot cocoa mix off to my neighbors as a token of joy during the holidays.  Despite the chaos of shopping and parties, perhaps take some time to visit with special friends you may not see as often as you like during the year.

One of my favorite recipes is homemade cocoa mix.  It is simple and yummy and puts a smile on everyone’s face!

First, sift the best quality cocoa you can find. Today, I used Hershey’s cocoa ’cause I had it on hand.  

Mix in some sugar.

Blend in non-fat dry milk powder…

And perhaps a few dark chocolate chips! 🙂

Split the mixture into 2 treat bags.

Add labels and ribbon and make someone MERRY!


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

1/2 cup best quality cocoa you can find

3/4 cup sugar

3 cups non fat dry milk powder

dash of salt

sprinkle of chocolate chips [if you desire]

smattering of mini marshmallows [if you desire]

  • Sift cocoa into large bowl.
  • Add in sugar, milk powder and salt. Stir to blend.
  • Add chocolate chips if using.
  • Add marshmallows to gift bag last if using.

Store in dry cool spot or give as gifts.

Directions to use:

Mix 4 TB of Mix to 8 oz. boiling water.


4 replies on “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

    • katescarlata

      Some marshmallows are low in FODMAPs–avoid those made with high fructose corn syrup. Many of my clients tolerate chocolate chips in small quantity. But the Monash researchers will be analyzing chocolate this month so will get the final word when they are done!

  • Ali

    Thanks for the response! Will a product label always say “high fructose corn syrup” if it has it in there? All of the marshmallows I’ve looked at just say “corn syrup”, but also say “natural and artificial flavors”. I’ve also noticed this on a lot of candy. I’m assuming Skittles are a no-no for the low FODMAP diet, but I don’t see anything on the label that looks bad. Is it possible some of the sweeteners that are supposed to be avoided on the low FODMAP diet are hidden in those “natural and artificial flavors”? Or do they HAVE to list sorbitol, etc. I am just still confused about which ingredients to avoid I guess 🙂

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