What’s there not to like about a great homemade hot cocoa mix, especially paired with homemade shortbread cookies.  Trust me on this, once you’ve made and had your own coca mix you will never buy another one of those packaged varieties from the store.  A version of this cocoa recipe came from Alton Brown on the Food Network. After making a few changes it is now a family favorite.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, findingourwaynow.com


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Hot water


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, findingourwaynow.comCombine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.  Store in a sealed container in an airtight container. It keeps indefinitely in the pantry or on your counter top. To make, heat water to boiling.  Fill your mug half full with the cocoa mixture and pour in the hot water until it fills the cup.  Stir with a small or electric whisk to combine thoroughly.  Add whipped cream or marshmallows to taste.

Notes:  The cayenne makes all the difference; so don’t even think about leaving it out.  Use the best cocoa powder you can find. If you double this recipe, as I often do, I use 1 teaspoon of cayenne.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, findingourwaynow.comThis homemade hot cocoa mix is something I’ll make and give away for gifts in a pretty decorative jar around the holidays.  Add some homemade marshmallows and you have a real winner of a gift. This combinations one many of my friends will ask for when they visit.  It goes especially well with biscotti’s, scones or two for my homemade shortbread cookies.

Time to eat…

If you enjoyed this Homemade Granola recipe, check out some of my others such as the Homemade MarshmallowsEasy Danishes & Easy Breakfast Coffee Cake.

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  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    I may have to give this a try. I would never have included cayenne pepper in hot cocoa.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, You will love this. It couldn’t be easier and it really delicious. :-)

  • Wendy Merron

    Thanks for this great recipe Susan. I love the idea of giving it as a gift. How do you package it so it looks great?

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Wendy, It makes an awesome gift. Many of my friend make requests for this,even though they could easily make it themselves… LOL I just look for decorative jars in second hand stores or places that sell them for inexpensive prices and add bit of ribbon and tag and you’re good to go.

  • Catarina Alexon

    Sounds fantastic Susan! Great idea to add a pinch of cayenne pepper. First time I came across it.

    Winter is coming to Sweden and hot cocoa and cookies are great after you have been outside in the cold.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Catarina, Thanks a bunch my friend. Cayenne is common in chocolate in the low part of the US and Mexico. There is nothing better then hot cocoa and cookies after being out side on a winery day.

  • Jon Jefferson

    (here comes the food history nerd) Chocolate was a favorite drink of the Aztecs and Mayans. It was brought back to the Old World by Cortez. In the original drink (similar to hot coco though it was drunk cold) peppers were a common addition.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jon, That is so ture. I love your food facts. Keep them coming. :-)

  • http://www.Empower2Go.com Martin Casper

    Love cocoa and shortbread. What else is there to say??

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Martin, I couldn’t agree with you more. :-)

  • Gina Baker

    I am still in search of a hot cocoa to call my favorite. I will have to try it!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      I was too, until I found this one. What I love about it is I can make it as chocolatety as I want by how much coca I use… LOL. Enjoy.

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    This girl is definitely a cocoa fan!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, Then I know you’ll like this. Enjoy. :-)

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Sounds yummy! I’ve been making hot chocolate a lot lately. I can’t use cocoa though because my husband doesn’t like it.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi, It is really good and it will keep indefinitely. That to bad and your husband, but mine doesn’t either but it growing on him, very very slowly… LOL

  • Shan Non

    Aunt Susan-I was searching on pinterest for hot cocoa mixes and your pin came up. Small world :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Shannon, That is too cool. I think you really like this mix it is one everyone asks for when they visit. See you very soon. :-)

      • Shan Non

        We can’t wait to see you! I got all the ingredients today and am about to make a few batches. We are putting together gift baskets for the widows of our church and this is one of the things I am making for the baskets. I am also making some extra for myself!

        • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

          I’m looking forward to it too. See you in a few weeks. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.caluian Laura Caluian

    It’s snowing hard in Romania now…This recipe is just perfect for such a day! Yummy…

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Laura, Snow and Hot Cocoa are great partners, aren’t they? I believe you will enjoy this recipe. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/KeepUpWeb Sherryl Perry

    Thank you! You just gave me the perfect idea for a Christmas gift for my husband! My idea of making a cup of cocoa is pouring some low fat milk into a package of Swiss Miss and then throwing it in the microwave. (That may explain why he never drinks cocoa at home but always orders one when we go out.) Even your photo has inspired me to package it in a glass container and even spring for a new mug! :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Sherryl, Since I started making this homemade coca mix I haven’t needed to buy the commercial brands. It’s low fat and delicious, a winning combination. :-)

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  • http://biz.leoraw.com/about/ Leora Wenger

    Interesting. My daughter tries to make her own cocoa mix. I’ll show her recipe and ask her if she wants to give this a try.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I had tried a few with mediocre success Leora. However, this one hit it out of the park. I think she would like this one. :-)

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