Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa with a Touch of Tennessee Snow

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa with a Touch of Tennessee Snow

There’s a chill in the air, the holidays are approaching, and suddenly, I have a major sweet tooth!

Since I don’t keep sweets and snacks in the house (not because I’m a food snob, but because I will eat an entire family size bag of chips to myself), I have to get crafty.

A friend of mine mentioned hot chocolate last weekend so I had to have it. But of course, I didn’t have any. So I started experimenting with four ingredients I already had in my pantry: cocoa powder, powdered sugar, granulated sugar (I use a mix of 1/2 light brown sugar and 1/2 cane sugar, but whatever you have on hand will work just fine), and dairy free coffee creamer.

Here’s the combination I liked the most:

4 teaspoons of coffee creamer
3 teaspoons of cocoa powder
3 teaspoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of powdered sugar

1 drop of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil (optional)

1.) Measure all the dry ingredients into an 8 oz mason jar, screw on the cap, and shake to combine.
2.) Mix 2-4 teaspoons of hot cocoa mix into a mug of hot water or milk.
3.) Top with marshmallows, and ENJOY!

This makes about 2-4 mugs of hot cocoa depending on how strong you like it. If I’m going to drink chocolate, I’m going to drink chocolate, so I put 3 teaspoons in one mug of hot water for myself. If you have milk on hand, use that instead – it makes a luxuriously, rich cocoa!

Two teaspoons of this cocoa mix is fabulous in your morning coffee!

If you have homemade marshmallows, throw a couple on top for a true mind blowing experience. If you want to buy handmade marshmallows, Bang Candy Company makes delicious marshmallows here in Nashville, and Salted Caramel makes amazing marshmallows in Chicago.

If you’re like me, and you have a big bag of regular grocery store marshmallows staring you in the face that your sister-in-law left at your house, you’ll toss three of those babies on top.

(Bonus Idea: Homemade hot cocoa in a cute mason jar with a nice ribbon + gourmet handmade marshmallows would make a super sweet grab bag gift!)