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

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Hi Jon, That is so ture. I love your food facts. Keep them coming. 🙂

  • Martin Casper

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

    • 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!

    • 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.

  • This girl is definitely a cocoa fan!

    • 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.

    • 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 🙂

    • 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!

        • I’m looking forward to it too. See you in a few weeks. 🙂

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

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

  • Susan,
    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! 🙂

    • 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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  • 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.

    • 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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