Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Make a huge batch of this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix so that you always have hot cocoa on hand this winter season! Chocolate pudding makes it extra creamy.

Has freezing cold weather hit you yet? For some of you, it probably hit quite a few weeks ago, and for others…well…it’s never going to hit. And for that, I am just a tiny bit jealous:)

Our weather hasn’t been extremely cold yet, but we did have our first snow last weeks. It was only an inch or so, but the ground was covered, so our minds instant went to hot chocolate.

If you love hot cocoa but can’t seem to keep those little packets around long in your house, this homemade hot chocolate recipe is the answer.

homemade hot cocoa in a cup with marshmallows
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Why you’ll love this homemade hot chocolate mix recipe:

  • Makes a huge amount of hot cocoa. Enough to make about 48 mugs of cocoa! Or you can pare down the recipe if you need to.
  • Chocolate flavor comes from cocoa powder, Nesquick and instant pudding.
  • Coffee creamer and dry milk adds creaminess.

Hot Cocoa Ingredients

This makes a huge batch of hot cocoa. You can halve the recipe if you’d like. You’ll need:

  • Powdered milk. Dry milk powder (found in the baking aisle at grocery stores) adds instant creaminess to this hot cocoa recipe. This is also sometimes called whole milk powder.
  • Powdered sugar (or confectioner’s sugar). I used powdered sugar rather than granulated sugar so that it would mix into the hot water better.
  • Coffee creamer. This is a fun ingredient because you can use any flavor of creamer that you’d like. Choose no flavor, vanilla, peppermint or even caramel.
  • Nesquik. This is a great base for hot chocolate.
  • Cocoa powder. For an extra boost of chocolate flavor.
  • Instant pudding. Our secret ingredient, added for creaminess, plus it thickens the drink ever so slightly.

How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa

  • In a large bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together.
  • In order to get the hot chocolate mix to have a finer texture, blend the powder in a food processor. Do this slowly, blending just one cup of powder at a time until it becomes a fine powder. If you put too much powder in the blender, it will not easily blend.
  • Store the mixture in an airtight container.
  • When making a cup of hot chocolate, stir about ⅓ of a cup of powder in a cup of water, or adjust to your taste.

We love to put marshmallow bits in our dry mix.  There’s something about those crunchy little bits that I just have to have in my cocoa. And that doesn’t mean we don’t like real marshmallows and even whip cream on top.  You can add as much creamy white stuff as you’d like.

hot cocoa in a jar with a bow

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Gift

Looking for holiday gifts for teachers, coworkers, neighbors and friends? Place hot chocolate mix in a mason jar, tighten a lid around the top and tie a bow. Gift with cinnamon sticks, candy canes, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.

You may also love our white chocolate hot cocoa.

What to Add to Hot Cocoa Mix

This homemade hot cocoa mix recipe has powdered milk in it so you can simply add hot water if you’d like. Other options are milk or coffee.

  • Add cinnamon and a little cayenne pepper for a Mexican hot chocolate.
  • Can chocolate milk be used for hot chocolate? Yes! More chocolate is never a bad thing.
  • You can use almond milk or coconut milk also, but it would not be considered dairy free because of the powdered creamer and milk.
hot cocoa mix in a jar with a spoon
hot cocoa mix in a jar with a spoon

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

4.58 from 197 votes
Make up a big batch of this hot chocolate mix so you'll be prepared for the winter. Creamy and full of chocolate flavor.
Servings 48
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 11 cups powdered milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 11 ounces powdered coffee creamer
  • 2 lbs Nestle Nesquik powdered chocolate milk mix
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3.4 ounces chocolate pudding mix (small box)
  • marshmallow bits optional


  • In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together.
  • In order to get the hot chocolate mix to have a finer texture, blend the powder in a food processor. Do this slowly, blending just one cup of powder at a time until it becomes a fine powder. If you put too much powder in the blender, it will not easily blend.
  • Store the mixture in an airtight container.
  • When making a cup of hot chocolate, use about ⅓ of a cup of powder per cup of water, or adjust to your liking.
  • This makes 16 cups of hot chocolate mix (enough to make 48 cups of hot cocoa).



The calories shown are based on the a serving being ⅓ cup hot chocolate mix. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.
Recipe Source:  Food.com


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 245
Keyword drink recipe, homemade, hot cocoa

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9 years ago

Hi, I’ve seen similar recipes but they call for 1 lb of powdered sugar rather than 1 cup, although your recipe does have some extra goodies in it. Thanks for posting.

Denise Powell
3 years ago

I’ve been looking for my moms recipe for days now. I came across this one, and its almost the same. minus the pudding. Its been a family favorite!! she made it every christmas for her family. and I want to carry on the tradition.!! thank you!

Barb Cordell
3 years ago

I have used chocolate flavored coffeemate….triple chocolate hot chocolate! Everyone at work LOVED it!
Have to make another batch this weekend.

3 years ago

5 stars
I love your hot cocoa mix! The BEST! Last time I made it I added cinnamon. It was delicious. Thank you for sharing.

4 years ago

Could you use vanilla creamer and still have quality flavor, you think? Or should I just stick to plain coffee creamer?

Josee Johnstun
5 years ago

How much did your 5.5 pounds of powdered milk cost? I was looking to start this recipe, but all the powdered milk I found was 20-30 dollars for that quantity. and that’s just one ingredient. I can buy a 48-serving canister of hot chocolate for 10-15 dollars.. maybe I’m not looking at the right stores? thanks!

Barbara Brink
6 years ago

Instant pudding?

11 days ago

Are powdered milk and instant milk the same thing? I keep finding instant milk when I search for powdered.

10 months ago

2 stars
I can’t get past the powdered milk taste and smell. But I really want to like this. Any ideas?

Debra Burnett
3 years ago

I am looking for a thicker creamy hot chocolate mix. Would adding more instant pudding give it a a thicker mouthful when mixed with liquids?

3 years ago

I’m wanting to make this as a big batch for a Christmas program. How much water for the whole batch?

4 years ago

Do you use instant pudding mix?

4 years ago

Why 11 oz creamer? Canister comes in 16 oz. What does that measurement come out to?

5 years ago

I have made hot cocoa mix in the past and everytime I do it is usually disappointing. It always tastes a lot like the powdered milk and not like hot cocoa. How does this mix taste or compare to others?

5 years ago

Does it matter whether the 4 oz. of pudding mix is instant vs. cook and serve?