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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (Without Powdered Milk)

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is a quick and easy way to make hot chocolate from scratch. Our recipe uses a handful of common pantry staples and is made without powdered milk.

Hot chocolate is one of our favorite things to make during the Fall and Winter months. We have several different recipes that we use depending on the day.

Our slow cooker hot chocolate is great for a lazy Saturday, and Instant Pot hot cocoa is perfect if you need it in a hurry.

Some of my personal favorites are Nutella hot chocolate, White Hot Chocolate, and hot chocolate with chocolate chips. We even have a recipe for hot chocolate cupcakes, and we’re working on a RumChata hot chocolate!

So, as you can see, we’re a little obsessed. It made sense to share our homemade hot chocolate mix, too.

Homemade hot chocolate mix in a glass jar.

How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Without Powdered Milk:

This recipe is only a couple of steps. Measure out your ingredients, and place them into a small bowl or glass jar with a lid.

Whisk the ingredients (or shake the jar) to combine. Store the mix in a sealable container until ready to use.

Ingredients for hot chocolate mix in a glass bowl.

How to do you make hot chocolate from scratch?

We recommend heating your choice of milk in the microwave or on the stove top until it’s just barely steaming. Add 1 tablespoon of hot chocolate mix for every 4 ounces of milk.

Stir until the milk and hot chocolate mix are well combined. Top with your favorite garnishes like marshmallows, whipped cream, marshmallow crème, chocolate sauce, or chocolate shavings. You could even try it in place of the packaged mix in whipped hot chocolate. We haven’t done this ourselves, but just mentioning it in case you’d like to try!

Hot chocolate mix on a spoon.

Can I use water instead of milk?

We recommend using half and half or a milk alternative (soy, coconut, or almond milk) instead of milk since there is no powdered milk in the recipe. Water will work, but the drink won’t have a rich, creamy texture.

Can I use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar?

Yes, you can use the same amount of powdered sugar in place of the granulated sugar.

What if I want to add powdered milk to the mix?

If you’d like to add powdered milk to the mix, use equal amounts of powdered milk and cocoa powder. In this case it would be 2/3 cup for each.

If you use more or less cocoa powder, adjust the powdered milk accordingly.

We still recommend using 1 tablespoon of mix per 4 ounces of liquid. Only now, the liquid would be water instead of milk or another dairy product.

Cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Can I adjust the amount of the ingredients?

Yes! I’ve been making different variations of this recipe since high school, and the amounts are versatile.

We like more of a “chocolately” flavor, so I use 2/3 cup cocoa powder, but that may be too much for some people. It can easily be cut back to 1/2 cup.

Cinnamon isn’t for everyone. In fact, my son prefers his hot cocoa without cinnamon, so that ingredient is optional.

Vanilla extract is a great “add-in” after the ingredients are mixed. However, it only takes a drop when it’s being added to individual cups. 🙂

For extra creamy hot chocolate, try using half milk and half heavy cream!

How long does hot chocolate mix last?

Homemade hot chocolate mix will last about 3 months when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Hot chocolate mix in a jar with a spoon.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 13 Servings

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon optional


  • Whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and cinnamon (if using) together in a small bowl. Transfer the mixture to a jar with a lid or another airtight container until ready to use. The mix will last about 3 months when properly stored.
    1 cup granulated sugar
    ⅔ cup cocoa powder
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • To make hot chocolate, add 1 tablespoon of mix to every 4 ounces of milk. For an 8 ounce mug, use 2 tablespoons of mix. Top with marshmallows, marshmallow crème, whipped cream, or chocolate sauce.


*The calories and nutrition information are an estimate and only meant as a guideline. They are for 2 tablespoons of the mix only and do not include milk or any additional toppings.
*Please see post for frequently asked questions and tips about the recipe.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.001mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating


Thursday 20th of October 2022

Just tried the hot chocolate. Very good. Used stevia instead of regular sugar. Added peppermint extract and cinnamon.


Thursday 20th of October 2022

We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the hot chocolate mix and that stevia worked well as a sugar substitute. Peppermint extract sounds like a delicious addition! Have a wonderful evening! :)


Saturday 9th of July 2022

Best Hot Choc mix. I've been using this recipe for over a year now. I've even made them as gifts in mini jars. I do use a spice grinder to make the mix super fine powder like you would buy at the store.


Saturday 9th of July 2022

Thank you Sunny! Using a spice grinder is an awesome idea. Thanks again for your comment, have a lovely day :)


Thursday 24th of February 2022

Best hot cocoa mix I have tried, perfect blend of cocoa and sugar.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

Thanks, James! Have a good day.


Saturday 29th of January 2022

Just made this recipe today and it is a HIT with my grandkids ( who are very picky)!!! Only changed one thing, added vanilla extract instead of cinnamon.


Sunday 30th of January 2022

That's great Maureen, thank you for sharing! Have a lovely day :)


Saturday 15th of January 2022

If you want vanilla added I recommend using vanilla sugar. It can be found at specialty spice shops or you can make your own from one of the many recipes here on pintrest!!


Saturday 29th of October 2022

@Kimberly, I made this and it was amazing. Best hot cocoa mix EVER


Saturday 15th of January 2022

Thanks so much, Amanda! Vanilla sugar is a great idea. Have a wonderful weekend! :)