Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

This super-simple recipe produces a cup of smooth, flavorful, hot chocolate exactly the way you like it. Great for a thoughtful gift, or for having that perfect mug whenever you want one!

  • Author: Katie Burroughs
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: About 1.5 cups of mix, or 8 servings 1x
  • Category: drink



6 tablespoons (75 grams) granulated sugar

3 ounces (85 grams) chocolate, roughly chopped (I like standard semi-sweet)

1/2 cup (40 grams) cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Put all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Blend to a powder. (If you don’t have a food processor, chop up the chocolate as fine as you can stand and mix well with the other ingredients.) Store in a sealed container.

To make a cup of hot chocolate, heat 8 ounces of your favorite milk on the stove or in the microwave. Whisk, blend, or stir in 3 tablespoons of mix. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!


To make vegan: Replace the chopped chocolate with an additional 1/2 cup cocoa powder (which is naturally vegan!)

To change up the flavor: Make Mexican Hot Chocolate (add small amounts of chile powder, cayenne and cinnamon); Mint Hot Chocolate (replace the vanilla with mint extract); Mocha Hot Chocolate (add a couple tablespoons of espresso powder)

Keywords: hot chocolate