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Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

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I have been on a search for a homemade hot chocolate mix recipe that doesn’t use non-dairy creamer for years.  I finally realized that I could use dry milk instead of  non-dairy creamer and get a wholesome hot chocolate mix for a fraction of the cost of store bought.  Add in a little homemade caramel sauce and we have a definite winner!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes

The first problem I had was finding dry whole milk to use in the mix. Most dry milk in the grocery store or even on-line is  no-fat milk.  I wanted the hot chocolate to be nice and rich so I really wanted to use whole fat dry milk, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I finally went on-line to search for it and discovered Nestle’s Nido – a dry whole milk product that looks like it is distributed mostly in Latin and southern America.  I couldn’t find it in the store because I’d been looking in the baking aisle with the other dry milk powders, but I finally found it in the aisle with other Mexican foods.

Nestle Nido Dry Whole Milk

I had to give this recipe a few tries to get the ratios worked out correctly. There is a delicate balance of sugar to cocoa powder and I had a hard time not getting the hot chocolate too sweet. Feel free to mess around with it to get the exact ration you prefer.  Next time I make a batch of this I will blend it in a blender or food processor after mixing everything together.  I think that will help the mix turn in to more of a powder like the store bought packets.

Yield: 4

Hot Chocolate Mix


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon dry whole milk


Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. For a finer powder, process mixture in a blender or a food processor.
To make hot cocoa:
Place desired amount of hot cocoa mix in a mug. Add hot water and stir.


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  • Jodi
    February 27, 2013

    Thanks for this recipe! I used it today and all the kids LOVED their Hot Chocolate! 🙂

    • Camille
      February 27, 2013

      Yea!! Thanks for stopping by to let me know!

  • HungryLittleGirl
    January 27, 2013

    I love everything homemade! You can save so much money and calories, if you just do it yourself!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – see you there again next week with more deliciousness 🙂

  • Amy
    January 23, 2013

    This looks yummy. You may also want to try powdered sugar for an easy mixture. If you don’t have powdered sugar put regular sugar in the blender and press grind.

  • Susan Cooper
    January 23, 2013

    I make one too that is a household favorite. Mine has a bit of cayenne in it. Check out and let me know what you think. :).

    • Camille
      January 23, 2013

      I was so tempted to try cayenne in this, but got scared. Now I’m going to give it a whirl!

  • Angela Peters
    January 22, 2013

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!


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