Easy & Decadent Hot Cocoa Mix


Each year during the holiday season, I prefer to give comestibles. These edible gifts have the bonus of not only not arriving with a price tag, but it’s a reflection of time and effort instead of just checking someone off of a gift list.

Hot chocolate and s’mores are some of my favorite things to consume. Nothing like sitting by a fire (or a video of a fireplace) and sipping cocoa or chomping on a burnt marshmallow. This recipe is incredibly easy and customize-able. I like to use higher-quality, locally made marshmallows, but you can also drink with mini-marshmallows. I filled each jar with 5 servings (180g) and the larger with 8 servings. Some have peppermint marshmallows from Bread Furst and some have vanilla marshmallows from Fleurir.

Here are some different packaging styles I’m gifting:

Easy & Decadent Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

By nicole Published: December 12, 2014

  • Yield: 1¾ cup mix (9 Servings)
  • Prep: 10 mins

This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted from Cook's Illustrated. It is easily doubled and you can substitute the vanilla with whatever flavoring you want.



  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until powdery.
  2. Mixture keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.
  3. The easiest way I've found to make this: Heat up 1 cup of milk in a milk frother, add 3 tablespoons mix, re-heat in frother. You could also heat the milk in a mug, add the mix, and mix with hand-held frother. 

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