Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

By Kate

Looking for a last minute gift idea? This Hot Cocoa Recipe is a delicious and easy homemade present.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix in a jar from House of Inverness

There are only two ingredients needed that you likely already have in your pantry! Plus you can quickly package it in a jar and add our free Hot Cocoa Mix gift tag.

homemade hot cocoa recipe includes two ingredients pictured here, cocoa and sugar

The simplicity of this homemade hot cocoa lets the ingredients shine and is especially decadent with the right cocoa selection. I personally like the rich flavor of Guittard cocoa but you can choose the one you prefer — Ghirardelli or Good & Gather work well! 

Mix cocoa and sugar together in a large bowl to make homemade hot cocoa mix

For sugar, I look for minimally processed ones like Turbinado or Morena. If you find these crystals don’t dissolve quickly enough, you can always run the sugar through a food processor for one minute to make the crystals smaller.  Alternatively, you can substitute the granulated sugar for an equal amount of powdered sugar.

Jar example for holding hot cocoa mix to give as a gift

We put together this cute Hot Cocoa gift tag that is free for you to download! Simply click here, print and cut out along the guidelines. It prints on white or colored paper, I recommend a heavier weight card stock if you have it! 

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar for a quick easy christmas gift idea

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe


1 cup pure cocoa powder

2 cups sugar


  1. Combine cocoa and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well with a whisk.
  3. Transfer cocoa mixture to jars and tie on this free, printable gift tag!
  4. To make hot cocoa, heat 1 ½ cups of whole milk in a saucepan on the stove or in a mug in the microwave. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix until dissolved.

*Recipe makes 3 cups of Hot Cocoa Mix.

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