Hershey’s Special Dark Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

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Hershey’s Special Dark Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe


It is already October and in our area it is cooling off fast!  We had temperatures in the mid 30’s over night last night.  Brrrrr  So between the cold and my insane obsession with chocolate, I immediately start craving hot chocolate.  Usually we buy the box of instant hot chocolate that comes in the little envelopes, but I found that we go through them too fast. Plus, a lot of times they are just not as “chocolatey” as I want. Once in awhile I make my own homemade hot cocoa from scratch on the stove, but that is not very convenient for a quick cup.  So,  I decided to make my own instant hot cocoa mix.


My initial thought was that it would be really expensive to do until I went grocery shopping and saw how crazy the prices of instant hot cocoa have gotten.  Yes, you can get the small 6 envelope box for $1 , but in my house that would be gone in two days (4 person household).  The only ingredient I noticed was really expensive was the dry milk….  oh boy!  The large box (about the size of a cereal box) was $18 !   The other size they had was also way too big so I actually scraped that idea and just bought non dairy creamer. After trying the hot cocoa tonight, I actually like it better. See, I am not a huge fan of milk and the after taste, with the creamer you don’t get that.  So if you go through a lot of hot chocolate during the season, try this recipe, it is easy , less expensive and you can add an extra scoop if you want a more decadent, rich cocoa.

Hershey's Special Dark Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
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Also makes a great gift !
Recipe type: Drinks
  • 1 Cup Hersey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder - $2.68 (prices may vary by store)
  • 2 Cups Non Dairy Creamer , at least 11 oz. - Walmart has a brand that is $1
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • A tiny dash of salt, about ¼ tsp.
  • This recipe made a 1 quart jar of mix and we still have plenty ingredients left over to make more.
  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. If you have a sifter use it, if not that is ok. I suggest having a cup of hot water on hand so you can test it out before you store it. This way you can see if you want to alter the recipe (more sugar etc) Remember that this is Special Dark cocoa so it will be stronger, more bitter. You can of course use regular cocoa, just up the amount to 2 Cups. Funnel into a Mason jar or air tight storage container.
  2. To Serve : Add 2 tablespoons to one standard size ( standard size is classified as 10 oz. ) mug of hot boiling water.
  3. Leave room in the mug to add more mix till it's just as you like it.

About Melissa P-V
Melissa - Author at How To This And That is a Wife and Mom of 2 girls, a few pets and a couple egg layers in scenic Maine. Crazy about Social Media and using my blog to share recipes, DIY projects, resourceful tips & tricks. Thanks for being a part of it all.

16 thoughts on “Hershey’s Special Dark Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

  1. What’s the mix to water ratio??

  2. Brooke Deegan says:

    This looks amazing!

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Perfect for a cold night :)

  4. Ms Gretchen Ann Luper says:

    i can’t wait to mix up a bunch of this and give as Christmas gifts as well as use at home where a jar would last about a day. We love dark chocolate and dark chocolate cocoa sounds delicious

  5. This looks so good.Thanks for sharing.

  6. This looks great – however I’d use almond milk and stevia. No sugar in our house!

  7. Darla Shannon says:

    Great recipe!

  8. Mmm I’m thinking this would be a good xmas gift!

  9. My five sisters and I are chocoholics. Since the budget is tight this year I am going to make this recipe in a jar and include the $1 creamer from Walmart in a pretty box for them. Not too much money spent but I know they will love it.

  10. Did you use Hershey unsweetened cocoa?

    • HI Victoria,

      It does not say on the container that it is unsweetened, but the ingredients are simply just cocoa. So I assume it is unsweetened.

  11. Hey, could we make this with out the creamer? What does the creamer do?

    • Yes you can make it without the creamer, the creamer was just for added richness. Like adding milk to an already made cup.

  12. Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Here’s a single cup recipe that’s pretty simple and really good.

    Mix in large mug:
    1 heaping teaspoons hersheys special dark cocoa powder
    2 teaspoons sugar or splenda for baking
    pinch of salt (or sea salt)

    Add milk (or half and half) to fill cup approx 1/4 full. Stir as well as you can, trying to encorporate the dry ingredients into the chocolate.

    Continue adding milk and stirring until the mug is nearly full and the cocoa is mostly mixed in. Check your taste to be sure you have enough cocoa flavor. You can add more sweeter at the end as well.

    Microwave for one minute on high. Stir carefully but vigoriously. Heat again for 45-60 seconds. Check carefully for temp and flavor. Add peppermint, cinamon, vanilla, orange peel, marshmallow or other flavors. Enjoy.

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