Hot cocoa seems to be comfort and love in a cup. It’s sweet, delicious, and warming when the temperature and life get cold. A homemade cocoa mix is a wonderful way to give kindness. They’re endlessly customizable as well. Easy and frugal homemade hot cocoa mixes are a great way to spread cheer and comfort.
The Basic Mix
Hot cocoa mix is essentially nothing more than milk, sugar, and cocoa. Use dry, powdered milk in the mix and all someone needs is hot water and a spoon to fix a cup. Most of the time any milk powder can be used interchangeably. Use goat milk powder for people allergic to cow milk. Substitute coconut milk powder or soy milk powder for vegans or others avoiding dairy products. Some recipes even use coffee creamer to make the cocoa super rich.
Go Beyond the Basic Hot Cocoa
Cocoa mixes can take on numerous forms and flavors with just a few tweaks:
- Dress the mix up by adding some chocolate chips.
- Add holiday spices like nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon
- Cooked sugar gives a salted caramel flavor
- Espresso powder provides a mocha flavored mix
- Crushed peppermint candies add minty coolness
- Give stress-busting power by adding maca root powder
How to Give Hot Cocoa Mixes
For local delivery, use jars with simple labels. For mailing care packages, package mixes in tight sealing plastic bags and label. Make sure to include how to make the cocoa (mix to boiling water ratio) on the labels.
Add marshmallows, either homemade or store-bought to the package for a lovely gift. A festive or beautiful pottery mug is a special gift that will be treasured even after the mix is used up. Tuck a bottle of liqueur or schnapps in a basket for adults to spike their hot cocoa.
Do you have any favorite homemade hot cocoa mixes?