Spiced Hot Cocoa

Homemade hot cocoa is a delicious dessert alternative that will satisfy a sweet tooth on a cold winter night, and you probably have all the necessary ingredients on hand in the pantry. We've added a little bit of spice to this recipe for extra flavor and included a few serving suggestions too.

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Homemade cocoa mix is a great thing to have on hand or give as a gift. Our recipe has a little bit of spice for extra flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water

Instructions

  1. Whisk all the dry ingredients together with the water. Once the cocoa is thoroughly blended, heat to desired drinking temperature either in the microwave or on top of the stove.

*You can always use 3/4 cup of milk in place of the water and dry milk if you plan to drink the cocoa right away.

Notes

  • Serve hot cocoa with a candy cane swizzle stick
  • Float some marshmallows or whipped cream and grate some dark chocolate over top
  • Reduce the sugar to 1-1/2 teaspoons and add a shot of your favorite liqueur
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little surprise heat
  • Spiced Hot Cocoa DIY Gift
    Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix

    Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Hot cocoa mix is an easy and thoughtful homemade gift that can be packaged in a single serving, along with a mug, or made in bulk and placed in a decorative jar.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
    • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla powder (optional)
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    Instructions

    1. Sift the dry milk, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla powder, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg together to make a fine powder.
    2. To make 1 serving, combine 1/2 cup of the mix with 3/4 cup of hot water.
    3. Once the cocoa is thoroughly blended, heat to desired drinking temperature either in the microwave or on top of the stove.