Easy Hot Cocoa Mix: FREE Printable Recipe Guide for Children

January 12, 2011

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I’m a bit of a fuddy-duddy when it comes to sweets in our house. Enter the picture my sisters. Aunt Jennifer and Aunt Joyce treat my children to all kinds of delicious sweets. On a visit to Aunt Joyce’s house last winter, MacGyver was served instant hot cocoa. MacGyver has been dreaming of hot cocoa ever since that blissful day. Today Aunt Joyce convinced me let the children make homemade hot cocoa mix. Besides when it’s cold outside who can resist a creamy cup of hot chocolate? Look for the FREE printable recipe guide at the end of this post.


*1½ cup sugar    *1 cup dry milk powder    *1 cup powdered nondairy creamer    *1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

* marshmallows optional    * cinnamon optional


*blender    *measuring cups

Step 1: Add all dry ingredients to blender.

Step 2: Blend all ingredients on high until well mixed.

Step 3:  Store cocoa mix in a jar or tin. *Add marshmallows optional.

Step 4:  Mix 3 tbsp. cocoa mix with 1 cup hot water. *Top with cinnamon optional.

Valentine Parent or Teacher Gift: Pair this hot cocoa mix with a flavored Italian syrup and you’ve got a delicious Teacher gift for Valentine’s Day. In the classroom, the children can measure and mix together the ingredients for this homemade hot cocoa for their parents. A recipe card can be included with each gift.

Valentine Decorative Hot Cocoa Jar Tops: We gave the children large circles cut from tissue paper. Then we turned them loose with pink, red, white and purple shades of tissue paper, scissors and glue. Younger children can simply tear and glue tissue paper to circles. Older children can add handwritten Valentine messages.

In no time at all, the children had made one-of-a-kind Valentine gift toppers for their jars of homemade hot cocoa mix. MacGyver and Miss Enigma will share their jars with friends, neighbors and Grandparents.

It’s actually chilly here today in South Texas. I think it’s time to enjoy a cup of homemade hot cocoa!

Try a scoop in your coffee and save yourself a trip to Starbucks.

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Tara January 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for sharing this one! I’m really excited to try it! Lately I’ve been experimenting with cane sugar so I think I will try that in there!

Jennifer January 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

We made “snowman soup” for Christmas “thought” gifts for Sunday school teachers, etc. using instant hot cocoa mix and some extras. The girls really enjoyed it, and everyone who got a gift liked it too!


Cheryl January 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Linking-Up from The Homeschool Village.

Thanks for sharing…and for reminding me that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

Jill January 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Visiting from the Homeschool Village………..thanks for sharing very perfect Valentine’s Day gift! Seriously considering gifting these to some teachers at church. I personally LOVE cinnamon in mine! : )

I Live in an Antbed January 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm

That’s a great idea!!

Stef @ The Homeschool Village January 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Hooray you’re back to linking up — thanks!! I am a hot chocolate lover, so I’m all about giving you a great big clap for doing that this week! Even in central FL we drink it nightly!!

Thanks for linking up to The HSV!

tish January 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I have been racking my brain trying to think of a teacher gift for Valentines Day and now this has definitely got to be IT! Thanks!

Linda January 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Stopped over from The Homeschool Village….that looks delicious! Definitely going to have to give it a try!! Thanks for sharing!

Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids January 22, 2011 at 7:01 am

A sweet treat for Valentines Day and the hand made cards make it even more special.

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