Hot Chocolate Mix
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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milk Mix

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Hot Chocolate MixWhether you’re making a single mug of hot chocolate, enough to serve a whole crowd, or a refreshing glass of chocolate milk in the summer you’ll want to have a jar of Hot Chocolate Mix on hand for all of your chocolate drinking needs!

Unlike storebought chocolate milk mixes that you can just stir into cold milk (I dont want to know what they do to them…), you’ll need to use an immersion blender or blender to mix the milk and mix- I promise the extra step is worth it and heck you might as well make a half gallon or so while you’re at it…

I’ve been using this homemade hot chocolate mix for years, but recently discovered its excellent to bring to a crowd too!

In our house, we have a milk cow, and I like to skim some of the cream wherever possible so I can make more butter (never enough butter!), sometimes I’m left with gallons of skim milk, thats really still more like whole milk from the store, that I either make mozzarella with, make chocolate milk with some, or plan to bring it to a gathering or serve to guests coming over. Most of our friends have XL families like us and it disappears fast!

Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot Chocolate Mix
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5 from 18 votes

Hot Chocolate Mix

I've been using this homemade hot chocolate mix for years, but recently discovered its excellent to bring to a crowd too!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Tablespoon
Calories: 150kcal


  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cacao
  • 1 teaspoon good salt


Hot Chocolate Mix

  • In a quart jar alternate between sugar and cocoa to make it shake together faster
  • Measure 1 cup of sugar into the jar, stir the salt into it. Add 1 cup cocoa, 1 cup sugar, then the last 1/2 cup of cocoa. Put a lid on and shake well.

Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • To make a cup (or just a few cups) of HOT chocolate measure out your milk (we use a mug to gauge how much we will need) into a pot.
  • For every mug of hot chocolate use 1 tablespoon of  mix. Warm it up and serve!

Instant Pot Hot Chocolate for a Crowd

  • Pour a gallon of milk into your instant pot, turn it onto sauté to get it warming up.
  • Measure in 1 cup of hot chocolate mix. Keep an eye on it and stir the milk so it doesn't burn to the bottom. Keep whisking to mix in the hot chocolate mix as it warms up.
  • When its hot enough, turn on to "keep warm", leave the lid off and your guests can help themselves!

Chocolate Milk

  • Fill a half gallon jar 2/3 of the way full with milk.
  • Add 1/2 cup hot chocolate powder, and blitz with an immersion blender. (Or you could just do a couple cups of milk and the powder in a normal blender, and mix into the rest of the milk) then top up the jar with more milk.
  • Give it a shake before you pour as some will settle.



I talk about in the youtube video the difference between raw cacao and cocoa and if you only have/have access to cocoa, by all means use it, but if you can order raw cacao from somewhere like Om Foods for a really reasonable price, please do!


Calories: 150kcal


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29 thoughts on “Dairy Free Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milk Mix

  1. This was so good! I was skeptical because when I stirred the mix into the cup of warm milk it was a very light color, but the flavor is there. We are going to make this a ton. Thanks!

  2. This worked so well for my daughter’s birthday party and for a sledding party with friends another day. Thanks! And a reminder for anyone without an instant pot, your crockpot will keep it warm for a crowd too 🙂

  3. I started making this yesterday and we drank over a gallon of chocolate milk already! I used goat’s milk because that is what we have and it is a HUGE hit! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. I’ve searched for years for a dairy free hot chocolate mix that’s affordable…this is it. Hands down the best of the best!

  5. I alway have a big supply of this on hand and my kids mix it up all the time. Thank you for such a yummy way to indulge my kids chocolate cravings.

  6. This makes a wonderful gift at the holiday season! Also, if you are getting together with cousins or a playgroup, it’s a perfect chill warmer for littles!

  7. We don’t buy store bought mix anymore after using this recipe! Kids love it and I love that it has no junk in it like store bought often does.

  8. This my go-to hot chocolate. 1) ingredients we always have on hand (others recipes call powdered milk – who has that?) 2) Love that I can make this in advance and then make individual portions when we want them

  9. Love this recipe! Made a large batch of mix and gave it as christmas gifts last year! Might just do the same again. It also works well with any Dairy free milk that we’re tried (Oat and Coconut).

  10. I feel like to need to send you a thank you card for making this recipe and sharing it with us. My husband had a serious addiction to chocolate Quik powder. I made this and we haven’t bought a new Quik since! That’s huge! I make up a huge batch and store it in a mason jar to make a 1/2 gallon whenever we run out. We also store left over hot cocoa made with the mix in the fridge and some how the kids think it’s an even more special treat to drink cold hot cocoa the next day. They don’t seem to realize it’s the same mix as the chocolate milk they usually drink. Thank you for helping me get the store bought chocolate milk mix out of the house for good.

  11. This is really good, however I keep thinking of how much better it must be with fresh, raw milk. I guess I better start looking for a cow. 🙂

  12. we are very picky chocolate milk drinkers… I was shocked how good this is for how simple the recipe is. love this mix in my iced and hot coffee too. even made chocolate dairy free frosting the other day with it.

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