Hot Chocolate and DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

Best ever DIY Hot Chocolate Mix and Creamy Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe with different spices for chilly winter evenings and festivities

Mug of Hot Chocolate

Winters are the best time to enjoy warm and comforting drinks. Here I bring you recipe for creamy, rich best ever Hot Chocolate Recipe!! You can have it just like that, top it with cream or marshmallows or flavor it with the spice of your choice. Make it whenever you want to feel warm and cozy, kid’s get together or playdates…

I know, I know, many of you will say there is a range of Hot Chocolate mixes lined up in stores! But, can anything beat fresh and homemade!!?? The DIY Hot Chocolate Mix packed in beautiful jars along with a pack of cookies/brownies is one of the best gifts for your loved ones. I personally love gifting Homemade stuff to my near and dear ones.

DIY Hot Chooclate Mix

Here are few of the best Cookie and Brownie recipes that you can make for Holiday/festival gifting.. Choco-Chip Cookies, Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies, Hazelnut Cookies, Almond and Coconut Cookies, Spitzbuben Cookies, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 

Brownie recipes Classic Brownies(with eggs), Fudgy Brownies(with Eggs), Eggless Brownies.

Or this White Chocolate bark with Cranberries and Pistachios , Chocolate Fudge with mixed nuts or Chocolate Truffles

How to make Best ever Homemade Hot Chocolate 

Simple or Spiced we all love Hot Chocolate !! Kids love it topped with marshmallows or cream or both!! My favourite is Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Add your favourite spice like Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice for extra kick.

For rich creamy Hot Chocolate always use Whole Milk. You can use low skimmed milk or fat free too incase if any health issues. Vegans can make it with any plant based milk.

Good quality bittersweet Chocolate along with some Cocoa Powder. Incase, bittersweet chocolate is not available, you can use any other milk chocolate also but don’t use Chocolate Compounds bars(which are widely available in India and are used as Chocolate Substitutes in making chocolates).

Cocoa Powder along with a tbsp. of cornflour and sugar as per your taste. My personal experience is Dutch processed cocoa powder are best to use for the professional touch. Those who avoid castor sugar in their diet, can add coconut sugar or jaggary in hot chocolate. But the taste will differ a bit.

If you want your hot Chocolate just like the one you get at your favourite cafe, use Dutch Processed Cocoa.

Ingredients for Hot Chocolate Mix

Let’s see now how I make delicious and comforting Hot Chocolate and DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Creamy Hot Chocolate 

In a pan add milk and water. In a bowl, add 1/2 cup water and dissolve cornflour and cocoa powder. Add the spice you want to add. If adding peppermints, add after the milk is boiled.

When adding a spice like cloves/cinnamon/pumpkin spice add while boiling food. When adding whole spice take out once the milk boils and flavor infuses in milk.

Chop chocolate finely.

Add everything in milk except chocolate and keep stirring till you get a smooth silky mixture.

Take off the heat and add chopped chocolate and mix till it dissolves.

For a frothy touch, beat the mixture carefully for a 1-2 minutes and pour in mugs.

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

Take chocolate in food processor and pulse for few seconds. Add all the other ingredients and pulse the processor for few more seconds. Mix everything well.

Please Note– Grinder or food processor must be completely dry not even a drop of water.

Sugar in Chocolate Mix will absorb water and mix will crystalize.

Use as required. Mix 2 tbsp in a cup of hot water or milk for a more creamy drink. 


Recipe Card for Hot Chocolate

Mug of Hot Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Best ever Hot Chocolate Recipe for chilly winters and holiday get togethers or anytime!!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Thick Bottomed Pan
  • Whisk


  • 2 Cups Milk
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1/4 Cup Bittersweet Chocolate
  • Sugar as per taste


  • In a pan add milk and half cup water. In a bowl, add another 1/2 cup water in bowl and dissolve cornflour and cocoa powder.
  • Add the spice you want to add. If adding peppermints, add after the milk is boiled.
  • Finely chop chocolate.
  • Add everything in milk and keep stirring till you get a smooth silky mixture.
  • Take off the heat and add chopped chocolate and mix till it dissolves.
  • For a frothy touch, beat the mixture carefully with a balloon whisk(small) for a 1-2 minutes and pour in mugs.
  • Serve with the topping of your choice!!


Strain the mixture if you get lumps after mixing the cocoa powder and cornflour mix.
Adjust the amount of sugar as per your taste.
Keyword Creamy Hot Chocolate, Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Recipe Card for DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

DIY Hot Chooclate Mix

Recipe Card for DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

DIY Hot Chooclate Mix

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe with spice variations, for gifting for enjoying the warm comfort anytime and anywhere!!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Beverages
Cuisine American


  • 1 Cup Milk Powder
  • 2 tbsp Coca Powder
  • ¼ Cup Finely Chopped Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • ¼ tbsp Castor Sugar or any other sweetener
  • 1 tsp Powdered Spice like Nutmeg/Cinnamon optional and as required


  • Run chopped chocolate in food processor or chopper.
  • Next, add all the ingredients and mix. I didn't add any powdered spice, you can add as per preference.
  • Store in an air-tight container and use as required.
  • Use as required. Mix 2 tbsp. in a cup of hot water or milk for a more creamy drink. 


Processor or chopper should be completely dry.
Hot Chocolate Mix stays good for about 1-2 months.  
Keyword DIY Hot Chocolate Mix, Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Serving Suggestions

(I know it is going to a sugar rush, so adjust sugar as per the ingredient added)

Top with marshmallows or whipped cream or both. Kids love to have this way!!

Hot Chocolate

Add crushed peppermint candies and top with chocolate shaving(optional)and mix well- Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Crush some Oreos or any chocolate cookies and add along with cream for the Creamy Oreo Hot Chocolate.

For Caramel Hot Chocolate flavor–Add a tbsp. of caramel or BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE in mug, mix well and top cream with more  sauce and serve with chocolate shaving or any cookies crumbs.

A tbsp. of Nutella to hot chocolate mix for Nutella Hot Chocolate

So, play around with the available options and create your own touch to the Hot Chocolate..

Taking my Hot Chocolate to my Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine where theme this fortnight is 78HWCG #ItsChristmasTime. The was suggested by talented Archana who blogs at The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen.

Do checkout what fellow participating bloggers have got for the Christmas Time!!

Popcorn Rocky Road by Archana

Eggless Sugar Cookies by Narmadha

Vegan Figgy Pudding by Poonam

Swedish Lussekatt by Sasmita

Pecan and Goji Berries by Shalu Jain

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackers by Vanitha

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Do try my way of making Hot Chocolate with your favourite flavor and spice or enjoy it just like that with your favourite cookie, cake or snack!!

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Author: Swati

Some who believes 'EAT WELL, READ DAILY, TRAVEL OFTEN AND LAUGH KHUL KE'!!! Hi!! Swati here!!! Chef, Chocolatier, food admirer, reader, love to travel, listen to music, Bollywood and shoot nature and food pics!! Welcome to my Foodtrails and join me in my food adventure!!

11 thoughts

  1. Such a mouthwatering beverage to sip on all winter! I could enjoy this, especially with lots of marshmallows even on a hot day! Great idea to make it DIY especially as most store bought ones do have chemicals and so many unwanted ingredients! Fab share dear!

  2. Ahaaa! This hot chocolate is all I want in this weather. Your presentation is making it all the more drooling.

  3. Swaty pass me the chocolate. Mind you I do not much enjoy chocolate shakes or milks (too many times have gone to school with just chocolate milk in me) but your pics are tempting me to try making some. Only need some chilly weather here.

  4. I like to drink hot chocolate in the cold winter nights. Thanks for sharing the recipe for hot chocolate mix, I will definitely try this.

  5. Nothing can beat the freshness , taste and aroma of homemade food. Totally loved this DIY hot chocolate ! It’s raining here and i am craving for a mug full of spiced hot chocolate !

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