Milk Free Hot Chocolate Powder Mix-Homemade
Winter for my kids means two things: snow and hot chocolate. Not much snow this year so far, but plenty of cold days that send the kids running back inside with red faces asking for a mug of hot chocolate to wrap their cold hands around. We had caught our share of the usual winter germs but new for us was seemingly random nights of kids puking. Ah the wonderful world of stomach bugs, or so I thought. I started to realize however that my husband and I never caught these bugs and they seemed to be unrelated to the other colds they had. So I thought about diet changes with the winter months and noted the increase in clementines and Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix. I cut both out for a week and there were no stomach complaints or midnight wakings. Then one cold afternoon I brought the Swiss Miss back out and the kids happily drank it down. Around 3 am I heard the dreaded sound on the baby monitor and spent the rest of morning caring for two vomiting toddlers.
Taking the Swiss Miss powder mix out of the cabinet I looked at the ingredients. There are 12 additional ingredients in Swiss Miss other than the standard “milk, cocoa powder, and sugar”. Maybe it was the sleep deprivation, but for once I just tossed the whole container in the trash, rather than sit down and devote my next few hours to researching what all the other ingredients are.
I instead spent my time looking for a homemade alternative (mainly because other mixes I could buy with the simple/natural ingredients are crazy expensive!).
- No powdered milk (I wanted ingredients that I already keep in bulk in my kitchen)
- Must be a powder mix for fast prep (no stove-top cooking)
- Can be made with hot water or hot milk or hot non-dairy alternative
- My kids must like it (and not just eat out all the marshmallows) 😉
Alas when those requirements could not be met with recipes I found, I invented my own!
DIY No Milk Hot Chocolate Powder Mix
My two and four year old girls love it and it also passed the mom and dad taste test. You’ll have a little bit of chocolate residue in the bottom of the cup but my kids don’t mind, in fact they spend time trying to scoop out these last chocolaty bits! The recipe makes a small batch that will fit in an 8oz mason jar, so you can do your own family taste test before committing to having a larger batch on hand.
- 3 TBSP Cocoa Powder
- 2.5 TBSP Confectionery Sugar
- 2 TBSP Sugar (I used raw sugar, but any granulated sugar should be fine!)
- 3.5 TBSP Dark Chocolate Chips-finely chopped. I used a mini food processor to get this done fast. *Note: these must be dark chocolate! Milk chocolate or low quality chips will produce that ‘waxy’ ‘cheap’ taste.
- Combine all ingredients in a container (fits in an 8oz mason jar if you have that) and shake or stir until combined.
- Add 1-2 TBSP of mix per 8oz of hot (near boiling) water (depending on your taste preference). *For my girls I use a little less than 8oz of hot water and about 1.5 TBSP of the mix.
- Mix very well for a minute (so that the bits of chocolate chips have time to dissolve).
- Done! I usually toss in an ice cube for my girls and of course a mound of mini marshmallows!
*Additional ingredients you can try are a dash of salt, a drop of vanilla extract, or sub the hot water for hot milk or a hot non-dairy alternative.