Convenience Mix #5: Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix

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Part of the Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes Series

Originally prepared by Nellie Hedstrom, Extension Nutrition Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Revised and updated by Kate Yerxa, Statewide Nutrition Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes provides recipes for master convenience mixes that you can make and keep on hand. These mixes are healthier and less expensive than the packaged convenience mixes you buy in the store, and allow you to control the amount of fat, sodium, sugar, and additives in your foods without sacrificing the convenience of a mix. There are 15 master convenience mixes, each with recipes you can make from the mix.

A complete index of convenience mix recipes can be found on the Bulletin #4029, Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes page.

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Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix

Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix Food Nutrition Label; click on the image for nutrition detailsMakes: 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

Add sugar and dry nonfat milk powder into a mixing bowl. Sift cocoa powder into the same bowl. Mix ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. 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.

Mocha Mix

Combine 1/3 cup Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix and 1/4 cup instant coffee. Store in an airtight container. To serve, measure 1 1/2 tablespoons mix into a cup. Add boiling water and stir well.

Mocha Mix Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

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