When our children were young, winter meant hot cocoa – and lots of it. But small children tend to leave half the mug undrank (undrunk?) and it pained me to waste so much. When I considered the cost of each individual pouch of mix, I felt like I was pouring good money down the drain along with the cold, undrinkable cocoa. The bulk canisters of pre-made mix weren’t any more cost-effective (on a price-per-serving basis, they were even more expensive than the pouches most of the time.)
But a friend of mine shared with me her recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix. Score! It’s easy to mix up and very inexpensive if you have a lot of hot cocoa lovers to satisfy. Over the years, I tweaked her recipe a little her and there, most notably adding the chocolate pudding mix. Here’s my current version, which is still subject to change – feel free to modify to suit your own preferences for taste and texture.
8 cups powdered milk
1/2 cup powdered chocolate drink mix (Nestle is always a favorite but any brand will work)
1 4-ounce box instant chocolate pudding (optional but recommended for thicker texture)
1/3 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (you can use cinnamon, peppermint or other flavored creamer if you prefer)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Sift or mix together in a large bowl or canister – stir well until there are no streaks of brown or white. (A pasta stirrer makes a good utensil to blend the dry ingredients).
Store in tightly sealed canister or other container. Use 1/3 cup mix to 8 ounces boiling hot water. Stir and serve with or without marshmallows (homemade mallows make it extra yummy!) or whipped topping. Makes approximately 30 servings.