Homemade hot cocoa mix is super easy to make and a great way to avoid additional preservatives and additives when you want a hot cup.
First, let’s take a look at the ingredients in some common hot cocoa mixes:
Nestle: sugar, corn syrup solids, dairy products solids, hydrogenated vegetable oil, cocoa processed with alkali, and less than 2% salt, cellulose gum, sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, sodium aluminosilicate, mono- and-deglycerides, guar gum, artificial flavor, and Sucralose.
Swiss Miss: sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated cocnut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor.
Yikes! We can definitely do better than that!
For this recipe, you just need three ingredients: cocoa powder, coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice), and vanilla powder. You can make a large batch and store it in an airtight container for about 12 months.
Whole milk, coconut milk, and almond milk all make great options. And, add some additinoal whipped cream or a honey-sweetened marshmallow for a fun snow-day indulgence!