How to Make Amazing Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

by Alli

Our family gets together often during the holidays and we all end up drinking coffee or hot cocoa after dinner. I don’t need to add another item to my to-do list, so I combine the ingredients for Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix at the beginning of the holidays. That way, if the kids happen to drop by (love when they do that) or if I’m planning a family get-together, the hot cocoa mix is ready to go.

Hot Cocoa Bar featuring Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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When I don’t have disposable cups on hand, I pull out the mismatched holiday mugs. That way, everyone gets to choose their favorite.

If you have a tray handy, it’s perfect for keeping ingredients together for the hot cocoa bar.

How to Set Up A Hot Cocoa Bar Plus Free Printables and Recipe for Homemade Hot Cocoa

Helpful Hint: If you have a theme going, wrap the outside of your tray with coordinating holiday wrapping paper. Once the party is over, remove the paper and you’re good to go.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Measure out the creamer, powdered sugar, cocoa, marshmallows and semi-sweet mini chocolate chips.

Ingredients for Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Combine together and store in an airtight jar.

Combine all ingredients for Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Hot Cocoa


  • 2 cups powdered non-dairy coffee creamer
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  2. To make one cup hot cocoa, add 1/3 cup Hot Cocoa Mix to a mug. Add 2/3 cup boiling water and stir well.

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Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Stir Sticks

Stir Stick for Hot Cocoa Mix

These stir sticks will add another level of flavor to your hot cocoa and they are so easy to make. You’ll need:

  • Candiquik
  • Marshmallows
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Melt the Candiquik according to the directions on the package. Insert the peppermint sticks into the marshmallows. Dip the marshmallows halfway into the melted chocolate. Add sprinkles if desired. Let harden on parchment paper.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Gift Tag Free Printables

If you need a few homemade gift ideas, make up a few batches of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. Place the mix in a small clear bag, drop it into a pretty holiday mug. Add this free printable directions card and a couple of peppermint stir sticks (wrapped in cellophane) and you’re good to go.

Free Hot Cocoa Mix Tag

Or, for an even easier option, divide the homemade hot cocoa mix among jars and tie the free printable tag on.

Print the gift tag/directions for Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. Click here to print.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Hot Cocoa

My Hot Cocoa Bar Sign is adorable and all you need is an 8 x 10″ frame, card stock, and access to a printer. Click this orange link to print it now.

Free Printable for Hot Cocoa Mix

A hot cocoa bar is so easy to put together and adds a special touch to a dessert bar, family movie night or whenever entertaining family and friends.

What’s a must-have for your Hot Cocoa Bar?

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Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas including Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, Peppermint Stick Stir Sticks and FREE printables! The Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix makes a great Christmas gift.

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