Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN

Healthy Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot ChocolateAs the weather turns cooler, hot chocolate makes a great treat for kids (and adults), and it’s easy to make your own “instant” hot chocolate mix. The best part is, the homemade version doesn’t contain all the hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners you’ll find in store-bought mixes.


Mix together 2 cups powdered milk, 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. Store in an airtight container. To make a cup of hot chocolate, put 1/4 cup of mix into a mug, fill with boiling water, and stir until thoroughly blended.


More hot-chocolate tips:


  • To maximize the health benefits, be sure to use regular cocoa powder, not “dutch-process.” Regular cocoa powder contains more of the flavanols that make chocolate so good for you.


  • To make a mix that’s lower in sugar, replace the sugar with a sugar/stevia blend such as Sun Crystals. (Check the package for substitution instructions.)


  • For a sweet-and-spicy treat, add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and/or 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper to the recipe.


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7 Responses to “Healthy Hot Chocolate Mix”

  • Xenia says:

    My dream retirement would be no bills, no worries and fantastic health.

  • Janet Hale says:

    Your cocoa mix is nothing new to this family. We did a lot of tenting in the 50′s. It was relax time for all. I would get plastic gallon jugs make this mixture so while the coffee water was on the grounds would be measured in the old drip basket and each kids mugs had this cocoa mixture just waiting for the hot water. Before putting the water on eggs were put in the pot. Water hot eggs boiled coffee and hot cocoa made. Don’t want hard boiled eggs well, they were ready for egg salad or creamed eggs and toast (breakfast for dinner).

  • Jim says:

    I like to use equal parts water, coconut water, and almond milk with my unsweetened coco. This makes for a delicious, hot, Almond Mounds Joy flavored drink.

  • jackie says:

    Give in a pretty jar as a gift

  • melissa says:

    I have done this for years, except I do not add the powdered milk. We just use 2 tbls of the mix, the kids add hot milk, I use hot water.

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