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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix (Without Powdered Milk)

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix (Without Powdered Milk)

Hey there! Remember those chilly evenings when only a cup of hot cocoa seemed to do the trick? Well, today, we’re going to recreate that magic right in your kitchen. And guess what? We’re skipping the powdered milk, just to shake things up a bit. It’s all about getting that rich, chocolatey goodness with a twist.


So, here’s what you’ll need for this heartwarming cocoa mix:

  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder: This is our main star. Chocolate in its purest form, right?
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar: For that sweet hug in a mug. And brown sugar? It’s like adding a bit of caramel sunshine.
  • A tiny 1/2 teaspoon of salt: Just to lift everything up.
  • Maybe some cinnamon or vanilla? Only if you’re feeling adventurous. I love that hint of cinnamon personally.

You know, I always like to play around with the ingredients. Maybe try a sugar substitute or a different spice? It’s your cup; make it your own!

A close-up of a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top.

Step-by-Step: Let’s Mix It Up!

Alright, let’s get to the fun part:

  • Toss it all together: Just mix all your ingredients in a big bowl. Feel the chocolatey aroma? That’s happiness right there.
  • For the smooth lovers: If you like it silky, give it a whirl in the blender.
  • Stash it away: Pop it into an airtight jar, and you’re good for 6 whole months. But, who are we kidding? It’ll be gone way before that!

Serving It Up: My Little Secrets

Now, to make your hot cocoa, mix 2 tablespoons of this magic dust into your hot water or milk. Plant-based, dairy – your call. And hey, why not throw in some marshmallows, a dollop of whipped cream, or a cinnamon stick while you’re at it?

Wrapping It Up: Reflections and a Cup of Comfort

Making this cocoa mix isn’t just about the drink. It’s about creating those small moments of joy, those little breaks in our day. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s all yours to tweak and enjoy. So go on, make a batch, and let every sip take you back to those cozy, carefree times.

A cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a cinnamon stick on a table.

Let’s Ponder: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Fancy a flavor twist? How about adding a pinch of vanilla or a dash of cinnamon? Life’s too short for boring cocoa.
  • Too sweet, too bland? Here’s a thought: adjust the sugar to your taste. After all, you’re the boss of your mug.

There you have it – your very own homemade hot cocoa mix without the powdered milk fuss. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’s all about making those winter evenings a little warmer. So go ahead, give it a try, and let each cup be a little celebration. Cheers!

The image shows a cup of hot chocolate with cinnamon sticks and hazelnuts on a wooden table.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix with Brown Sugar

Yield: Approximately 3 1/2 cups of mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Indulge in the rich, comforting flavors of this homemade hot cocoa mix, enhanced with the unique addition of brown sugar for a deep, caramel-like sweetness. Perfect for cozy evenings and easy to store for future cravings.


  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or vanilla powder for added flavor


  1. Combine Ingredients: Mix together the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, and any optional ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Blend for Smoothness: Optionally, blend the mixture for a finer consistency.
  3. Store: Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  4. To Make Hot Cocoa: Use 2 tablespoons of the mix with 6-8 oz of hot water or milk (dairy or plant-based) per cup. Adjust to taste.
  5. Customize: Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or caramel as desired.

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Kaley Bill

Wednesday 21st of February 2024

Yummy. Saved!

Melinda Gaines

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

To be honest, i never cared much for hot chocolate, the just add hot water to an envelope type anyway. But these are different and i very much would like to try!

Melissa Cushing

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

This looks so darned good and I pined this one to make for my husband ;) He will go wild for this Hot Cocoa!

Michael Coovert

Thursday 15th of February 2024

This sounds so good. I don’t think I have ever had a hot chocolate with brown sugar in it.


Monday 12th of February 2024

I never thought of putting brown sugar in my hot cocoa mix. It would sweeten it and taste delicious. Thanks for the basic recipe and variations.

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