Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

What would Christmas and winter be without a hot, frothy mug of hot chocolate to warm us up inside!  I just cannot imagine it!  Growing up in the cold Midwest, we always enjoyed hot chocolate after being outside sledding, building snowmen, or snow forts to protect us in snow ball fights!  As a child, that frigid cold didn’t’ seem to bother me at all.  It was just normal winter weather!  But even now, as a warmer weather lover adult in the South, I still savor quiet moments by a crackling fire with a mug of this liquid chocolate love!

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, my ‘secret’ blog is from a young aspiring cook, Casey, who is in high school and enjoys cooking and team sports (lucky girl to work off the calories from all of her yummy creations on her blog).  Casey’s food love can be found on her blog, Beautiful Disasters where I found this delicious recipe reminiscent of the blend that I grew up with (and even took to college to heat up in my dorm room):   Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix!  The biggest difference between Casey’s recipe and my family’s is that Casey’s is more up to date with a focus on DARK chocolate and not milk chocolate.  I guess that eases up the guilt a bit since dark choco is better for our health!  Casey’s recipe also includes chocolate chips for that extra cocoa blast!   Mmmm!

This hot cocoa recipe is also great because you can make it in a batch that you can always come back for more when you want to and it is ready to mix right there and then!  Easy, the way I like things in the kitchen!

I hope that everyone is having a blessed Christmas and holiday season!

Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

What You Need:

  • 1 cup cocoa powder (half Ghiradelli‘s unsweetened cocoa and half Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Mix all of the ingredients except for the whipped cream in a medium bowl.
  • Place mix into a jar or airtight container to store.
  • When making hot chocolate, microwave a mug of water for about 60 - 70 seconds (until hot-desired drinking temperature).
  • Add about 3 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix, or to taste.
  • Garnish with whipped cream of course and whatever other goodies you like on top!
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  1. OMG! this looks like HEAVEN…will definitely try this! thank you for sharing.

  2. Wouldn’t wer all just love a cup of hot cocoa right now Roz. Have a wonderful new year!!!

  3. Yes,this looks heavenly! Right now, it’s rainy/sleety/snowy and I just got back inside from feeding the horses. This would have been perfect for me to have!

  4. Question: Why is there a shelf life since its all dry ingredients? and if its kept in air tight container?

  5. Hi Roz,
    What a great recipe to have for this cold winters day. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

  6. I’ll take a cup! Happy New Year,Roz!

  7. Just the thought makes my mouth water, happy holidays sweetie this is just perfecT!~

  8. This reminds me of a cup of hot cocoa in Florence… so thick and dark.

  9. Oh, this looks amazing! Homemade hot chocolate is so much better, why do we always rely on that powder from a pouch?!
    You have such a beautiful blog, thank you for sharing all that you do!

  10. Oh my word. Maybe strange to say about a mug of hot chocolate, but it is beautiful!

  11. love this and so easy too make happy new yr

  12. Doggonnit! I’m really wishing for some rainy and windy weather in my part of California. I can’t wait to build a warm fire and to enjoy a cup of homemade hot chocolate. This sounds heavenly.

  13. Strange even I chose hot chocolate for this time’s SRC!
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  14. Sweetness and comfort in a cup. That looks so rich – the darker the better for me. Now I feel guilty having served my children milk-chocolate-hot-chocolate all these years. Hope you had a lovely Merry Christmas. Wishing you all good things for 2012.

  15. Chocolate spells and smells like goodness.

  16. Oh now that is what the holidays are about- hot chocolate! Wow, this looks amazing

  17. I have never seen a hot chocolate that looks so good. Wow!

  18. I have never seen a hot chocolate that looks so good. Wow!

  19. I am loving all of your recipes and the photos are just gorgeous! Following you now on Pinterest! Yea! I can’t wait to see all your pins. I love your site! Thanks so much!

  20. What do you do if you don’t have Hershey’s or Ghirardelli on hand, or cannot access them? I used Trader Joe’s and Penzey’s (about a 75/25 mix) and it was not nearly chocolatey enough. I ended up adding another cup and a half again of Penzey’s high fat cocoa powder (can’t remember if dutch processed or natural; defs. know it’s high fat) and that seemed to do the trick.
    Also, I would not recommend water, ever. it tastes weak and empty. It works if you have no other options, but milk is usually the way to go for hot cocoa.

  21. I made this and it is AMAZING!!! Perfectly rich and chocolatey. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  22. DELICIOUS. Thank you for this fabulous recipe. I’m make batches to give out as favors at my sister’s baby shower. We tested out the recipe today and it’s perfect.

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