Rich, Dark, Creamy Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate and candy canes

This recipe took me by surprise.

I don’t drink chocolate milk.
I don’t enjoy chocolate milk.

I don’t like white chocolate. at. all.

Dark chocolate or go home.

For the past 3 years I’ve seen tons of homemade hot chocolate mix recipes floating around the internet and they’ve always piqued my interest but, they’ve never tempted me enough that I’ve actually wanted to make my own.


I stumbled across this one that used the words ‘thick and creamy and super chocolatey‘  right there, she had me, she told me that this hot chocolate wasn’t like the traditional thin, watery, hot chocolate milk that most of us are used to.

This was going to be a rich, decadent, tonguegasmic treat

hot chocolate

Something that you don’t just drink, you savor.

Hot chocolate is not something that’s consumed frequently down here.

However, last week — the temperatures finally dipped below the 60 F mark

They dipped into the frigid holy hail this is cold range

cold thermometer


That kind of cold means that even Diet Dr Pepper must take a back seat and since I don’t drink coffee (eeeeeeewwwwwww) hot chocolate it must be.

I won’t do packets, especially packets that ask you to mix with water — SERIOUSLY.  just STOP.

So, I pulled her recipe back up.. made a change or two to adapt for my dark chocolate lovin’ soul and —-


oh. mah. holy. hell.

you’re welcome.

hot chocolate mix white choc chips

Homemade Dark Cocoa Mix

also known as

hot, rich, warm tonguegasmic chocolate beverage

hot chocolate and candy canes

Rich, Dark, Creamy Hot Chocolate
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Rich, Creamy, Chocolatey Hot chocolate that will warm the body and tantalize the tastebuds
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Cups non-fat dry milk
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ Cups Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1½ Cups white chocolate chips, or chopped white chocolate
  • ½ Cup dark chocolate chips, or chopped dark chocolate
  1. Use a spoon to spoon the powdered sugar into a measuring cup, no need to pack it down
  2. Mix the powdered sugar, dry milk, cinnamon, salt, and dark cocoa together
  3. Add in the white and dark chocolate chips
  4. In 1 Cup increments, add this mixture to a food processor, powerful blender etc.. and pulse until it's thoroughly mixed and the chocolate/white chocolate chips are dispersed and chopped throughout
  5. To serve: add ¼ Cup mix to 1 Cup heated milk, whisk until combined and rich, creamy, hot chocolate nirvana is achieved
Rachel's Notes
Serve with a candy cane stirrer and marshmallows for an added bit of fun
Give this as a holiday gift in a cute jar tied with a bow and candy canes attached



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  1. says

    I sure wish I could be down South because it’s Fre-Freezing here in Utah {teen digits-yikes}; I happened to have all these ingredients & you’ve made me want to try the recipe out the next time I need to warm my tummy :) Thanks for sharing :)

    • says

      Good NIGHT — y’all are in the TEENS! yikes.
      I know Utah is gorgeous, Rachel and Jyl share photos frequently but still — WOW.

      I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think!!!

    • Amanda says

      Hey, thanks girl. Been looking for a nice rich hot chocolate mix that does NOT call for Nestle Quick or non dairy coffee creamer – ick. And when I saw the name of your website, I knew it had to be good ; )

  2. says

    I can do this one!

    Of course I have NONE of the ingredients. So tomorrow it’ll be the store.

    Aaaaaannd, of course, I don’t have a measuring cup. Or a wisk. That’s that little whippy thing right? Or home made whipped cream.

    But I have a spoon, and my blender isn’t powerful but I do have a “ninja” kitty just in case.

    I can do this. I’m happy. Thank you I. Am. Going. To. Love. This.

    • says


      You crack me up.
      Yes, the whisk is the wire wippy thingy 😉

      You need something that will whip the flakes into a fine powder — if you use your ninja kitty, I ask that you video it because I really, really want to see that.


  3. says

    Oh YUM! Hot chocolate from a package is just not right. The whole adding water thing always freaked me out. How can I have creamy, delicious cocoa from powdered milk? Not going to happen!

    So I will just have to whip up a batch of this and keep it handy instead. Looks SO delicious!!

  4. says

    hmmm, good treat for this cold weather!
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  5. says

    I’m so in love with this. It’s freaking cold here in Wisconsin {16 degrees as we speak}. Plus, I love chocolate more than anything else on this earth. This is perfect for me. Can’t wait to try it.

  6. says

    I too refuse packets. I have found ONE mix (in a can) that I LOVE and it’s Stephens Candycane Cocoa. I do half water and half milk and top with whipped cream. It’s decadent and thick and creamy, not watery like the usual mixes.

    This looks super yum!

    Have you ever made whipped hot chocolate? I have a recipe around here somewhere and it’s amazing too… you could probably do the same with this???

  7. Rebecca at Toothwhale says

    I grew up in South Florida and didn’t drink much hot chocolate as a kid, but my own Middle Tennessee babies are forging memories with snow and hot chocolate. I’m a recent convert to milk instead of water, but am still using mixes. Could be time to step it up.

  8. says

    see this is why I love you so…. I move to a town with NO starbucks in it and no place to get good hot chocolate and here you are with ah-mazing recipe for hot chocolate!! XOXO

    going to try this recipe TOMORROW!!!

  9. Fire-Eyes says

    I am so glad to be back to blogging. I am so glad to see you are still here. I love making all kinds of cocoas and this one looks great.

  10. says

    Here in MN if it was 60 degrees we’d be making ice cold lemonade to drink! :) Our high temps will be in the single digits this week. lows below zero. So your hot chocolate recipe will be perfect for us here!

  11. says

    We are so loving the little dip in TX temps this week. I even had to dig out my gloves to walk the dog this morning. I love your cocoa recipe and think I have some white chocolate chips that didn’t quite make into the holiday baking so as our last day of vacation tomorrow it’s Hot Chocolate! Happy New Year!

  12. says

    I agree, the waterly stuff is gross. This looks and sounds so good. Got a food processor for Christmas, so I will have to try it out with this. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Linda Q says

    Just had to take a moment to say hello, and thank you for your great recipes.. I made your Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate, and it is soooooo good and yummy.. Thank you for taking the time to share your goodies with all us non-talents..


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