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Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

It's super easy to blend your own hot cocoa mix. Keep this in a tightly sealed plastic container. Just give the container a couple of firm shakes to re-blend the dry ingredients before using. There is no salt added, making it a healthier choice than store-bought packaged mixes for those wishing to lower their sodium intake.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverages, Dessert
Cuisine: Low Sodium
Keyword: chocolate, low sodium
Servings: 12 mugs of cocoa


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder Recommended: dark chocolate dutch process
  • 1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes


  • Dump all the ingredients into a plastic container that has a tight-fitting lid. Secure lid, and shake to blend ingredients. That's it!
  • To make a cup of hot cocoa, fill your mug halfway with boiling water. Shake the dry mix container to re-distribute all the ingredients. Add three heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix to your mug, and stir till blended. Fill the rest of your mug with boiling water.
  • Improvisation is encouraged. Cinnamon can be added to the dry mix. If your diet allows milk, a dollop of whipped cream on top of your mug is delicious. You could also substitute milk for the second addition of boiling water. Stir your drink with a candy cane. Have fun!


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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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