Decadent Hot Cocoa Mix

decadent hot cocoa mix

By Gwen Brown of Gwen’s Nest

hot cocoa mix

I've tried numerous recipes for homemade hot cocoa over the years, and I really couldn't love any of them. Then I finally figured out why: Most hot cocoa recipes start with copious amounts of powdered milk. Turns out, I really dislike the taste of powdered milk. Plus, for something so yucky tasting, it was NOT cheap. But I was determined to keep trying until I found a good recipe.

Thankfully, I finally ran out of powdered milk while tinkering with yet another recipe, and found a jar of Carnation Chocolate Malt in my pantry. I made a sub for half of the powdered milk and it was the tastiest batch yet. But yuck—I could still taste the cardboard milk flavor lurking in the background.

Good thing my kids liked it, and honestly, it was better than the cheapie packets. I was just going for something beyond “better.” I wanted incredible. I wanted a hot cocoa experience. Then I had an epiphany. What if I just heat up actual milk and get rid of the powdered milk altogether? Bingo! And no more burning my tongue with the boiling water required for cocoa packets. I could heat the milk to the perfect drinking temperature.

But for the real win, I added more cocoa and even some real chocolate, and ended up with this incredibly decadent hot cocoa mix. When I added dark and white chocolate, the recipe went to a whole new level of amazing.  THIS is a hot cocoa experience. Or hot chocolate? It really could be called either one. This recipe makes a very large batch, and is a perfect gift for the hot cocoa lover in your life.

hot cocoa mix

Decadent Hot Cocoa Mix


1 (13 oz) can Carnation Chocolate Malt
2½ cups sugar
1 cup cocoa power
1 tsp salt
2 tsp corn starch
¼ cup chocolate chips or about 2 oz of your favorite chocolate
¼ cup white chocolate, or about 2 oz


  1. Add all ingredients to a Blendtec blender and grind until powdered.
  2. Store in an airtight container.
  3. To use, blend about 2 tablespoons of chocolate powder with hot milk. Stir. Serve with whipped cream or toasted marshmallows for an extra-decadent treat. Enjoy!

  About the Author

sugar free chocolate smoothieGwen is a food lover, natural health enthusiast, and research geek. She blogs at Gwen’s Nest sharing home remedies, healthy recipes, creative ideas, and her health and weight loss discoveries.


  • Casey

    So I did not follow directions and bought the original malt (i didn’t even see a chocolate option). Would that be ok or should I wait to find the chocolate?

  • Sherri

    This is definitely a very naughty recipe! Gotta have a sweet cheat occasionally, tho, then right back on the THM wagon. Can’t wait to try this lusciousness! Thanks so much for sharing, Gwen!

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