Originally published November 25, 2012.

Last year when I first started being a “committed” blogger :) I posted this very simple 3 ingredient hot cocoa mix recipe. I tinkered with my photo and thought I’d share it again since many of you were not readers at this time last year! Thanks for being here and I hope you enjoy this recipe! 

Recently I got to thinking about all the artificial “stuff” that’s in my favorite packaged hot cocoa mixes (hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, artificial flavors, and whatnot) and figured there was a better way to enjoy this cozy treat by making my own mix.

My goal was to use simple ingredients so people could add whatever toppings or mix-ins they wanted to the base recipe. 

I also needed a hot cocoa mix recipe without powdered milk. My son has a dairy sensitivity so I wanted to find a mix he could enjoy with us. 

So I created a homemade hot chocolate mix recipe with just three ingredients. 

This is a dairy-free hot cocoa recipe because it contains no powdered milk.

This recipe makes a big batch, great for a homemade holiday gift or to serve in your own kitchen when you need a cup of hot cocoa on one of those cold nights during the winter.

The family loved this homemade mix and so did the people we gifted it to for holiday gifts this year. I’m sold!

3 Ingredient Homemade Hot Cocoa {Hot Chocolate} Mix

Makes about 5 3/4 cups mix or 92 eight-ounce servings

3 1/2 cups white or turbinado sugar

2 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (100% cocoa)

1 Tbsp. table salt

Add dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Gently stir ingredients with a wooden spoon until combined.

Store in a cool dry place in an airtight container or…

…make this homemade hot cocoa mix recipe into Christmas gifts!

I divided the mix into four clear bags and put them in little buckets that I found in the Dollar Spot at Target. Then I tied some ribbons (also a Dollar Spot find) around the handle just to give them a little color and stuck some peppermints and Andes mints on top.

You could also fill a mason jar with the dry mix. Either a pint or quart-size jar will work.

Try adding some mini marshmallows on top of the mix before closing up your bag or jar. 

You can also tie a candy cane to the front of the jar for a Christmas twist!

On regular address labels, I printed these instructions:

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Microwave one cup of milk until hot. Use whole milk for best results!

Add two tablespoons {or so} cocoa mix and stir.

Top with mints, marshmallows, or whipped cream. Enjoy!

Recipe Modifications

  • You can reduce the amount of salt if it’s too much for your tastes or play around with the ratio of sugar to cocoa to your liking.
  • Coconut sugar can be used if you prefer.
  • You can also use hot water instead of milk it just won’t be as creamy.
  • If desired, add chocolate syrup or maple syrup for extra sweetness after warming your milk
  • For a dairy-free substitution, try almond milk or oat milk. I prefer oat milk because I feel like it has more of a natural milk taste.

Best Hot Chocolate Toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Andes mints
  • Candy cane pieces
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate shavings

I hope you enjoy making your own hot chocolate mix for your family and friends this Christmas and winter season!

8 Comments on Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix (Dairy Free)

  1. I love hot chocolate! BUT, with baby in tow, it gives me terrible indigestion. I guess I’ll just have to wait until she arrives to pick that and my occasional cup of coffee back up. :)

    • Ooh, that’s a bummer that you get indigestion from hot chocolate! I got it from spicy foods :P I hope you do enjoy the recipe when baby girl comes ;)

  2. Stopping by from The Better Mom. I have been searching for a Hot Cocoa recipe that doesn’t call for powdered sugar (since I can’t stand the taste of it and it’s expensive where I live). I am totally using this for Christmas gifts this year!! Blessings from Croatian:

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