How to Make Creamy Hot Cocoa

Creamy, hot and chocolaty! This hot cocoa mix is what will get us through our long winter. This has been a family recipe since we were kids and now and it’s a winter-time staple.

creamy hot cocoa in a white mug

Growing up, we would come tromping into the house after a big day of sledding. Pull off our sopping wet mittens and snow balled hats as mom would plop a few little marshmallows into our homemade hot cocoa.

There was nothing better! It was creamy, warm and so so chocolaty! The only thing better was the cookies she was about to pull out of the oven. I would be the first one to stand by the open oven door, sipping my cocoa and warming up.

Mom always made this recipe big enough to fill an ice cream bucket. It would last us just about the entire winter! This recipe can make enough to have and share!

Speaking of sharing grab my free hot cocoa printable tags – handy for gifting!

jar with cocoa label on it

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Making Creamy Hot Cocoa Mix- Video

The best part of the recipe is that there are 4 ingredients. I love knowing what’s in my hot cocoa. This recipe has been in my recipe box for quite some time now and it has easily become a winter-time staple with our four kids, too.

How to Make the Creamiest Hot Cocoa- The Recipe

Hot cocoa mix in a glass jar

Creamy Hot Cocoa Mix

Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American


  • Large Bowl
  • Storage Jar/ Ice Cream Bucket


  • 5 Cups Dry Powdered Instant Milk
  • (2) 9.3 Oz. Containers of Nestle Quick Chocolate Powder Mix
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Creamer- Original Flavor
  • Optional For EXTRA Creaminess add (2) 3.56 oz. Box of Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding (do not mix up as pudding)


  • In a large bowl or ice cream bucket, mix all ingredients together.
  • Add ingredients to a sealed container for up to six months.
  • To serve: Mix 1/4-1/3 cup of Creamy Hot Cocoa Mix to 1 Cup of hot water.
Keyword Hot Chocolate, Hot Cocoa

Why You’ll Love This Creamy Hot Cocoa

  • Make a big batch and it will last you all winter long!
  • We love being able to have something quick to whip up if the kids have friends over for sledding!
  • Dunking our favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a warm mug, warms more than just the innards!
Creamy cocoa with a cookie

Questions People are Asking about Creamy Hot Cocoa Mix

What if I want to give this Cocoa Mix as a Gift?

We love gifting this simple to make cocoa mix with everyone and anyone. I just add a label to one of these cute little jars, dress it up with a ribbon and a tag of appreciation and away we go!

Can I turn this in to a Mexican Flavored Cocoa Mix?

By adding 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg! That will give it a little kick!

How can I make this for a crowd or a party?

I love to add this mixture to our crockpot for a large gathering. It’s a way to ensure a nice consistent temperature that I know isn’t going to burn little mouths.

mix in a jar with wooden spoon

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  • Our kids love making this cocoa treat on their own and you know it’s going to occasionally spill somewhere. Our homemade cleaner gets this chocolatey mess cleaned up without a stain.
  • Adding bits of chocolated, crushed candy cane and marshmellow cream are some other yummy alternatives!
  • This recipe makes a lot. So why not share and brighten someone else’s day. The neighbor, mailman, bus driver, teachers and you know your UPS driver would love this! 😉
hot drink

Other Yummy Hot Drinks:

Vanilla Chai Latte Mix

Lemon, Ginger, Honey Tea

Russian Tea Mix

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