National Cocoa Day : 3 Ingredient Hot Cocoa Recipe + Hot Cocoa 3 ways

Happy National Cocoa Day ! Hot Cocoa is known, at least to me, as the official drink of winter. There’s just something about drinking a nice hot cup of hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies that really puts me in the holiday mood. I’ve always been a fan of store-bought hot chocolate mix, but being the DIY enthusiast that I am, I decided to make my own, by using 4 simple ingredients. This recipe is so easy you’ll probably never by the store-bought mix again.

3 ingredient Hot Cocoa  Recipe 


  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

    Add some chocolate chips to make it extra rich!
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon table salt

**Warm Milk for serving**



  1. Pour sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl and whisk until the ingredients are combined well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
  2. For drinking, heat 1 cup of milk in the microwave or on the stove and mix in 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix.




** The mix will last as long as it’s kept in an airtight container **



So now that you have the recipe for homemade hot cocoa, here are 3 ways to liven up your plain hot chocolate.


1. Add gourmet handcrafted marshmallows for an extra bit of sweetness.

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2. Add a teaspoon of instant espresso for a little boost of energy.

3. Add a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper to spice it up a la Mexican hot chocolate.


One comment

  1. Oh my I’ve never had the last one with cinnamon and cayenne…have you ever had it? I will give this recipe a try we usually do swiss miss or I’ve melted a bar of chocolate or milk chocolate morsels and added to warm milk but I like this dry recipe and the kids can help make it 🙂

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