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.