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Homemade hot cocoa mix recipe

This mix is easy to make and store, and costs less than hot cocoa mix
you buy at the supermarket. Kids love its creamy chocolate flavor and
it makes a great warm drink for cold days.

hot chocolate

Keep a canister of mix ready as part of a healthy after-school snack, or make a batch to put in decorative containers and give as gifts! This recipe, provided by the Family Nutrition Program at Kansas State University Research and Extension, makes 14 cups of cocoa (4 1/2 cups dry mix).

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dairy creamer


  1. Measure ingredients into mixing bowl; stir well to combine ingredients.
  2. Store prepared mix in a covered container or in a reclosable plastic bag.

To prepare drink:

  1. Fill a microwave-safe mug 3/4 full of water. Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
  2. Measure 1/3 cup mix and stir into hot water.

Per serving: 90 calories, 0.5 grams of fat (0 grams saturated), 5 mg cholesterol, 6 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates,1 gram dietary fiber, 80 milligrams sodium.

Hot Drink Safety

Before letting kids get started on whipping up their own hot drink, parents should ensure that youngsters know how to use the microwave oven safely and that they know which cups are safe to use in a microwave. Some cups have elements that spark, while others can melt. Parents and children alike also need to remember to use caution – hot cups and hot liquids can really burn – and put a chill on cooking enthusiasm!

Kids a Cookin’ is an educational program produced by Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Family Nutrition Program. For more information, more recipes and cooking tips, and a link to a Spanish version, check the Kids a Cookin’ Web site:

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