Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix

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For more homemade convenience mixes, see Bulletin #4029, Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes.

Makes: 2½ cups of mix | Serving Size: 4 Tbsp. (¼ cup) of mix 


2/3 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups dry nonfat milk powder
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Add sugar and dry nonfat milk powder into a mixing bowl.
  2. Sift cocoa powder into the same bowl.
  3. Mix ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container.
  4. To use, bring 1 cup of water (8 oz.) to boil in a saucepan, mix in 4 tablespoons of hot cocoa convenience mix and stir well. 


  • This hot cocoa mix more closely resembles dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate sweetness. 
  • To increase sweetness, try adding 1 tsp. of sugar, mini marshmallows, your favorite creamer, or whipped cream right before drinking. 
  • Store hot cocoa mix in an airtight container at room temperature and use within 2 months.

Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix Label: Click on image for the full nutrition facts panel