Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix

In about fifteen minutes you can make the best hot chocolate mix! This gourmet hot chocolate mix is made with real chocolate for the best flavor. Plus, it keeps for up to six months making it a great gift for the holiday season. Or, keep it all to yourself – I won’t tell!

hot chocolate in a white mug topped with whipped cream.

Even now, as a certified grown-up, I love a mug of hot chocolate when it’s cold. It summons all the childhood nostalgia and memories of snowy cold Wyoming winters, red plastic sleds, and afternoons sliding down a hill blanketed in powdery white snow.

So for the holidays, I like to make a big batch of this gourmet hot chocolate mix. What makes it gourmet? It’s all about the chocolate – it’s made with two kinds of chopped chocolate bars. So, it’s not the bland powdery stuff you get from a Swiss Miss packet. It’s the real deal, friends.

  • The mix is made with just four ingredients
  • It’s shelf-stable for up to six months
  • This hot chocolate mix is better than any packet of store-bought mix.

Portioned in containers adorned with holiday bows this hot chocolate mix is a sweet (and easy!) gift for friends and family.

I adapted the recipe from the Epicurious Cookbook – my version is a little easier and in about 15 minutes it all comes together.

Hot Chocolate Mix Ingredients

Because there are so few ingredients quality matters so I recommend buying high-quality chocolate bars for the best experience. For the cocoa powder, I use Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder.

  • Bittersweet chocolate bar
  • Milk chocolate bar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
overhead shot of a mug of hot chocolate.

How to Make It

A food processor makes chopping the chocolate very easy. Technically, you could chop the chocolate with a knife but I imagine it would take quite a while. The chocolate needs to be finely chopped.

Once you’ve chopped the chocolate, transfer it to a large resealable storage bag. Add the baking cocoa and sugar, seal the bag, and shake it until all of the ingredients are well mixed.

How to Store It

Store the hot chocolate mix in an airtight container in a cool, dark place like a cabinet or pantry. It will keep well up to six months at room temperature.

If you are gifting the mix, divide it into airtight containers (mason jars work great). I like to add a little card with the storage instructions and steps for making a mug of hot chocolate.

How to Make a Mug of Hot Chocolate

  • Warm eight ounces of milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. I like to use whole milk, but 2% is good, too. Don’t boil the milk, just slowly warm it up and, once it’s steaming, it’s ready.
  • I like to add two tablespoons of the mix for every eight ounces of milk, but you can adjust the amount to your taste.
  • Whisk the hot chocolate mix into the hot milk until it’s melted.
  • Garnish with whipped cream, frothed milk, marshmallows or just enjoy it as is!
a mug of hot chocolate.

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Happy sipping,


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Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix

hot chocolate in a white mug topped with whipped cream.

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Give the gift of cozy hot chocolate to yourself or your friends and family. This mix is quick to make and keeps for six months in an airtight container. 

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 32 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened baking cocoa (I used Hershey’s)


  1. How to make the mix: Mix the sugar, chopped chocolate, and baking chocolate together. I like to use a large resealable bag and give it a few good shakes. From there, you can store the mix in the same bag or portion it out into other airtight containers for gifting. The mix will keep at room temperature for up to six months.
  2. To make a mug of hot chocolate: I think a couple generous tablespoons of mix per 8-ounces of milk makes the perfect serving of hot chocolate. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it’s warmed through. Add the mix and whisk until the chocolate has melted.


A food processor makes easy work of chopping the chocolate, but it can be done by hand – it will just take a while and be a little messy. If you try this, be sure to chop it as fine as possible.

Nutrition estimates are for the mix only.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 126
  • Sugar: 18.1g
  • Sodium: 0.8mg
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.1g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0.4mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Post updated from the archives. First published in December 2012.


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