Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Made with just 4 ingredients, I’m not kidding when I say this quick and easy homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is the creamiest, milkiest, chocolatiest hot chocolate you’ll ever taste.

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I brought this homemade hot chocolate mix home to my mother when I was a first grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Huntsville, AL. Our teacher, Mrs. Menotti, let us make it in class and then printed out copies for each student to keep. Every time we even mention it now Mama always stops and says, “that is the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.” It is the creamiest, milkiest, chocolatiest hot chocolate mix you’ll ever taste!

All you need is four ingredients: instant powdered milk, powdered coffee creamer (this is the secret ingredient to make it super creamy), powdered sugar, and Nesquick chocolate milk powder. The instructions are as simple as mixing all ingredients together and storing them in an airtight container until it’s time to cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa. Then all you need to do is combine the mix with hot water and enjoy! Then come back and tell me that it’s the best hot chocolate recipe ever 😉.

This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is not only ridiculously quick and easy, but it also makes a bunch and is perfect for gifts. I like to put it in little mason jars and tie ribbons around the tops of them. They’re great as a teacher gift, holiday gift, or hostess gift. So, let’s make some delicious hot chocolate, shall we?

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Dry milk powder (also called instant milk)
  • Nesquik chocolate milk powder
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Place all ingredients in a large dishpan.

Dump all of your ingredients into a large dishpan.

I use my old faithful red Sterlite dishpan.

Mix ingredients together.

Stir that all up good.

A whisk is best because it will get out any lumps, but a large spoon will also do. 

Ingredients mixed together.

Just get it all incorporated and you’re good to go! 

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix In A Pretty Jar

I divide mine up among mason jars and put lids on them for gifting.

Whatever I’m keeping for our use just goes in a sealed container to keep it dry and fresh. 

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix in jars.

These are so pretty! It would be a lovely hostess gift for Thanksgiving, too! 

Combine hot water and mix to make hot cocoa.

To make a cup, fill a coffee cup about 1/3 full with the mix, add hot water, and stir. 

Cup of homemade hot chocolate.

Enjoy this beloved recipe from my childhood ❤️.


When stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place like your kitchen pantry, this hot chocolate mix will last indefinitely (a.k.a up to at least a year), as all of the ingredients have long shelf lives.

Recipe Notes

  • I don’t recommend using another brand of chocolate milk powder but I do use generic in everything else. That Nesquik is also good to get because it comes in a standard size that the recipe calls for. Keep in mind this recipe is over forty years old just with us. No telling how long it had been in my teacher’s files.
  • If you don’t have powdered sugar on hand, granulated sugar also works.

Recipe FAQs

Can I replace my hot chocolate mix with cocoa powder?

No. The hot chocolate mix is very different from cocoa powder as it includes multiple ingredients and they can’t be substituted for one another. However, what you can do instead is substitute the Nesquik for 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder if you prefer. 

How do you serve homemade hot chocolate?

Top your homemade hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings, or your favorite flavor of chocolate chips (I like a combination of white and milk chocolate chips). Around the holidays, use a candy cane as a stir stick.

How do you thicken a homemade hot chocolate mix?

Add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to the mix and this will make your hot cocoa thicker.

How do you make peppermint hot chocolate?

Stir in a dash of peppermint extract to make peppermint hot chocolate.

How do you make Mexican hot chocolate?

Add a dash of cayenne pepper to your cup of hot chocolate.

How do you make spiced hot chocolate?

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of your favorite dried spices to your hot chocolate mix. I’d recommend 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice or apple spice or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Can I add alcohol to my homemade hot cocoa mix?

Absolutely! For spiked hot chocolate, add a shot of brandy, cognac, or Irish liqueur like Bailey’s.

You may also enjoy these cozy drink recipes:

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Old-Fashioned Stovetop Hot Chocolate

Best Ever Vanilla Chai Mix

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

Gingerbread Spiced Coffee

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Made with 4 ingredients, this quick and easy homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is the creamiest, milkiest, chocolatiest hot chocolate ever.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hotchocolate
Servings: 4
Calories: 77kcal


  • 1 box instant powdered milk enough to make 8 quarts
  • 1 15-16 ounce container powdered coffee creamer about a cup and a half
  • 1 2.2-pound box Nestle’s Nesquik
  • 1 pound powdered sugar


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large container. Store in a sealed container until ready to use.
    1 box instant powdered milk, 1 15-16 ounce container powdered coffee creamer, 1 2.2-pound box Nestle’s Nesquik, 1 pound powdered sugar
  • To make hot cocoa, fill a mug 1/3 full with the mix, add hot water, and stir.


Calories: 77kcal
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  1. I noticed you have a 10-quart box of powdered milk, but the recipe states “enough to make 8 quarts” – do I only use 8 of the pouches or do you use all 10 of them? Thanks!! We love your recipes!

  2. I make this too. We use to,always have it at church for the kids and youth on Sunday nights In the winter . And especially after caroling. I store mine in one of this big plastic cereal keeper containers and keep it right by my microwave. I mix it in there too, by layering the ingredients and then put the lid on super tight and shake it and turn and shake till it is mixed in really well.
    It is by far the best hot chocolate ever.

      1. Janis Hill, did you substitute the baking cocoa for anything else in the mix or did you just add it in extra? Hoping to make this for Christmas in just a couple of days.

  3. My mother used to send a gallon bucket of this cocoa mix with me to the college dorm. I made it for years for my son and his friends, even sending a package (almost like your gift photo) when he visited friends’ cabins. It is the best!

    1. Hi. I purchased all ingredients but I could not find “6 oz container of Great Value coffee creamer (about a cup and a half)”. Did you mean 16 oz container? Even if I found it, a 6 oz container could not be a cup and a half.
      Please let me know. Thanks!

  4. Christy, please tell us, is the Nestle’s Quik used, regular or sugar free? Thank you sooooo much!!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving too!

    1. Your story reminds me that I also have a beloved recipe from jr high cooking class (remember Home Ec?) It’s a decadent cookie recipe and a little difficult so I’m surprised our teacher even had us do it. Probably the best ever cookies with jam in the middle and meringue on top. Oh life was so simple then and I could hardly wait to grow up. Anyway, thanks for the memories

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