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Homemade Holiday Gift Recipe: Hot Cocoa Mix

December 17th, 2015
Center for Food Safety

Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot chocolate is the perfect winter treat, and this homemade recipe is a delicious improvement over the instant cocoa packets of our youth.


3 ½ ounces bittersweet chocolate

2/3 cup Dutch Process cocoa powder

¾ cup powdered sugar

¼ cup powdered coconut milk, powdered milk, or malted milk powder

1 pinch salt

2 teaspoons cornstarch


Directions for mix

  1. Break the chocolate into large chunks and blend in a food processor until crumbly. If you don't have a food processor, finely grate the chocolate.
  2. Add the cocoa, sugar, powdered milk, salt, and cornstarch to the food processor. Blend until combined. Or, stir in the rest of the ingredients by hand.
  3. Scoop the mixture into a jar and screw on the lid.
  4. Attach a tag with directions for serving to the jar.

Directions for serving

  1. Combine 1 cup milk and 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix in a small pot.
  2. Gently whisk over medium heat until steaming, then pour into a mug and serve.

Happy holidays from all of us here at Center for Food Safety!

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