You have your coffee drinkers and your tea drinkers. You have the people who drink neither. But I challenge you to find a person to find a person who doesn’t enjoy the wondrous magic of a delightful cup of hot cocoa.
(Okay you could probably find a few, but A. those people are wrong, and B. hyperboles happen on purpose. Everyone loves cocoa).
Hot cocoa has this ability to make us all feel like kids again. Everything feels possible, we are safe, and all our worries melt away in that steaming cup of warm chocolate.
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For most cocoa is nostalgic. It’s fun and brings back some of our favorite memories.
I drink it most when I’m cold or feeling sad because both sensations require warming up my soul.
I’m no doctor but for mild to moderate sadness and bad days, I always prescribe myself two cups and a cozy blanket. Works like a freaking charm.
Before we get into this homemade hot cocoa mix, I thought I should share something exciting with you. Cocoa is great to comfort you on a chilly day. But you know what’s even better? Pairing your hot cocoa with one of our recipes from the FREE cookbook The Small Batch Frenzy.
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This homemade hot cocoa mix is super simple to make. Seriously, it takes less than 5 minutes and lasts for up to 2 years. That’s all it takes to be ready with some instant hot cocoa mix at any moment. Simple!
But! Simple doesn’t mean boring! There are so many ways to spice your cocoa up a bit to make it just a little more exciting.
How to take your hot cocoa mix to the next level
Need some ideas to spice up your basic hot cocoa mix? Here’s some ideas to do it.
Cookies and Cream: Crush 3-5 Oreo cookies and add it to your milk before you heat it. Add your mix and prepare like normal.
Salted caramel: Add 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of salted caramel sauce (depending on taste preference of course.
Peppermint: After heating your cocoa, add 2 drops of peppermint extract.
Mexican Hot cocoa: Add 1/8 tsp of ground cayenne powder and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon to 4 tbsp of mix. Prepare as normal.
Gingerbread: Add 1 tsp of dark brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of ginger to your hot cup of cocoa.
Make your cocoa thicker + creamier: add in a few pieces of your favorite bar of chocolate. Stir and indulge.
Jealous of my mug? Get yours here! I love it because you can’t feel unhappy drinking from a sunshine yellow polka dot mug.
(Random, unrelated fact: did you know the color yellow makes babies cry)?
Tips for this Hot Cocoa Mix
This mix makes a great holiday gift, especially smaller gifts for neighbors, mail carriers, or that weird cousin who always smells like corn.
Though, there are a lot of variation ideas above, the simplest variation you can make is changing the flavor of the powdered coffee creamer. Easily swap the French Vanilla creamer with whatever flavor tickles your fancy. Pumpkin spice, caramel delight, cookies and cream, whatever!
This recipe is a base for you to build off of and to create amazing cocoa variations. Of course it stands well on it’s own but it’s nice to have options.
Your typical coffee mug is about 8-12 oz. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of mix per 1 cup of milk. 1 cup equals 8 oz. So for a 12 oz mug you’re going to want to add 3 tablespoons.
Of course you can add more of less mix based on your preference but this seems to be the sweet spot!
Simple Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1⅓ cup Cocoa Powder
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1½ cup French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp corn starch
- Milk Any variety
- Add all of your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix them together. Boom. You've got a perfect hot cocoa powder mix. Use 2 tablespoons of mix for every one cup of milk.
- Heat your milk in the microwave for about 1½ to 2 minutes. Stir in your hot cocoa powder. Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, caramel drizzle and all the cozy fixings.
- Store your extra hot cocoa mix in air tight containers, like jars. Stays good for up to two years.
A good hot cocoa mix is a great thing to have around. Snow days, rainy evenings, bad days, or good days, it doesn’t matter, life is good with a cup of cocoa.
So get yourself stocked up on this year’s cocoa supply. Get yourself a new mug. Make your winter reading list. And make sure your pets a thoroughly ready to snuggle with you in a cozy corner while you sip your mug of heaven.
The only way to live a happy life is with good company and a warm drink.
And once you’ve made some of this hot cocoa mix, take a pic, post it on the gram and make sure to tag me (@thefulfillmentpill)! I love seeing you creations and really, if you don’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?
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Don’t forget to get your free copy of The Small Batch Frenzy! Seriously, the brownies, cookies, and everything else in here will pair great with some delicious homemade hot cocoa!
See you soon, friends!