Monday Munchies – Awesome Hot Cocoa (and a Fool-Proof Way to Make It)

Nothing warms you up quite like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter day, and one of my favorite homemade recipes is from none other than my favorite chef, Alton Brown.  Mix some up for yourself or as a great gift this holiday!

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste (optional)
  • Hot water


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.

Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.

Fool Proof Way to Stir Your Hot Cocoa

Ever get lumps in your hot chocolate when you try to mix the cocoa with the water (or milk)?  It’s always been a problem for me, no matter how hot the water is or how fast I mix it I always get lumps, or a bunch stuck on the bottom on the cup.

Here’s the trick: only pour in about 1/3 of the liquid and use a whisk to make a slurry before pouring in the rest of the liquid.

I use a sauce whisk since it fits into the bottom of my skinny mugs perfectly

I keep making hot cocoa just to try this method, and it’s worked every single time!  I was super excited to learn it 🙂

Make a Great Gift

Looking for a simple and easy gift?  Try packaging this mix in an airtight jar with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, or even crushed peppermint.  Tie with a pretty ribbon and small measuring spoon to scoop out the mix and you’re all set!


Put mix in a cellophane bag and place in a nice mug.  Add a peppermint stick, candy cane, or a chocolate covered mixing spoon.


Make your own hot chocolate envelope packets (free printable with instructions here).  Great for stocking stuffers, gift baskets, or if you need a lot of little gifts to give.

Printable Hot Cocoa Envelopes





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