Hot Cocoa Mix {Big Batch}


This Big Batch Hot Cocoa Mix is a powdered mixture made from sugar, cocoa powder and milk powder that may help to mix with hot water or milk. It’s a great one to have on hand for the upcoming cold season. See also our Hot Chocolate on the Stove.

How to make a hot cocoa mixture {in large batches}?

Nothing warms you up more than a cup of rich hot cocoa, especially in the winter. And it’s a drink that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Make your own version of this concoction, created by Alton Brown of the Food Network, and it will taste even better. Plus, you’ll know exactly what’s in your powdered, preservative-free concoction. Try it in Mint Hot Cocoa Bomb. There are also plenty of white hot chocolate blends.

Ingredients and Substitutes

Sugar : Use confectioners’ sugar (also known as icing sugar or powdered sugar) in the mix. It will dissolve more easily than coarse sugar.

Cocoa powder : I prefer to use Dutch cocoa powder, which is slightly darker in color and has a smoother chocolate flavor. However, you can also use regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

Powdered milk : Powdered milk is evaporated milk and has a longer shelf life than liquid milk. It is also known as powdered milk or dry (dried) milk.

Corn Starch : Adding cornstarch to cocoa powder makes hot cocoa more creamy.

Salt : Yes, salt is another important ingredient that cannot be left out. Salt adds sweetness and enhances the flavor of the chocolate.

How much mixture can I make?

The dry mix makes about 4.5 cups of powder. The size of the cup you use and how much chocolate flavor you want will determine the amount per serving – we recommend starting with 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of powder. Adding about 1/4 cup of hot cocoa mixture to a cup of hot water or hot milk is enough to make about 18 cups of hot cocoa.

Can I add milk to my hot cocoa mixture?

Of course you can! In fact, several of our tasters prefer to add hot milk to the mix. But you can add hot water or hot milk. It’s also delicious when you add hot coffee or chocolate milk.

What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?

Hot cocoa and hot chocolate are both popular cold weather drinks, but there are some differences between the two. Hot cocoa is usually made in powder form and mixed with hot water or milk. Hot chocolate, on the other hand, is typically made by melting chocolate with hot liquid. Therefore, most store-bought mixes are hot cocoa. Of course, marshmallows can be added to both.

How to store hot cocoa mixes

This hot cocoa mixture has a large volume, so be sure to keep it on hand in case you feel like drinking hot cocoa from a mug. If stored properly, this mixture can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year. Hopefully it will be consumed within that time, as the flavor may be lost with longer storage.

How to make hot cocoa mix {large batch}?

Prep time 5 minutes
Total time 5 minutes
Hot Cocoa Mix {Large Batch} is a powdered mixture made from sugar, cocoa powder and milk powder that can be served with hot water or milk.


  • 2 cups (250 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup (118 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups (170 g) powdered milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving

  • mini marshmallows, optional
  • hot water (or milk)


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, powdered milk, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk together to combine.
  • Store the mixture in an airtight container for up to a year. This will make 4½ cups of hot cocoa mix, or enough for about 18 cups of hot cocoa.

Making a Cup of Hot Cocoa

  • When making a cup of hot cocoa, use about ¼ of a cup of powder per cup of hot water or milk, or adjust to taste preference.
  • Top the powder with ¼ cup of mini marshmallows if adding.
  • Pour hot liquid over the cocoa powder, stirring until the powder has dissolved. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 124kcal
  • Course: Drinks
  • Keyword: Hot Cocoa
  • Servings: 18
  • Calories: 124