Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Hot Cocoa Mix


15 min.

Serving Size

5 Cups of Mix

Whether its’s for a thoughtful gift or just to have on hand for those cold Manitoba days, hot cocoa mix is the perfect make ahead recipe – just add milk!


  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) sugar
  • 2 cups (500 mL) skim milk powder


TOPPINGS (optional):

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Crushed candy cane Etc.


1. To a large bowl, add cocoa powder, sugar, and skim milk powder; whisk until combined.

2. In clear bags or jars, add desired amount of hot cocoa mix, top with desired topping(s).

3. Note: 1 cup hot cocoa mix makes 6 cups prepared hot cocoa.

Recipe adapted from Anna Olson,


Gift Tag:

1. Printable gift tag – Click here

2. Or create your own with the details below:

Hot Cocoa:

Makes: 1 cup

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp cocoa mix

1.  Add cocoa mix to milk and mix to combine. Heat and enjoy!



  • Using skim milk powder in hot cocoa mix will make hot cocoa extra creamy! Skim milk powder can usually be found at the grocery store in the same aisle as the baking ingredients.
  • Got extra skim milk powder?  Milk powder is a great pantry staple to have on-hand in case you run out of fresh milk. To make 1 cup of fluid milk mix 1/3 cup milk powder with 1 cup of water. It also does double duty as a nutritious protein powder that can be added to smoothies, shakes, and soups.