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Make Ahead Hot Chocolate Mix

Learn how to make this Healthy Make Ahead Hot Chocolate Mix. This Shelf Stable Pantry Staple is the perfect recipe to store in your Working Pantry or your Extended Pantry...what we call our "Prepper Pantry."
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Preparing Hot Chocolate1 min
Total Time6 mins
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Healthy Make Ahead Hot Chocolate Mix, Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate Mix, Make Ahead Hot Chocolate Mix
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • 1 Quart-sized jar with lid (or 20 four-ounce jars, optional)
  • Large glass bowl
  • Whisk
  • Funnel


  • 2 cups Dry milk powder Instant non-fat dry milk powder or whole milk powder can be used.
  • 1 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Whole Sweetener such as Sucanat, ground into a powdered form You can also use other whole sweeteners, including maple sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar. White sugar can also be substituted.
  • 2 tsp Arrowroot powder, optional Cornstarch or white rice flour can be substituted.


  • Fill a large bowl with powdered milk.
  • Using a fine-mesh strainer, add cocoa powder to dry milk powder. Using the strainer will help to make sure that there are no lumps in the cocoa powder.
  • Add salt to the bowl.
  • Add arrowroot powder to the bowl, if using.
  • Using a small grinder or blender, grind the sugar into a powdered form.
  • Add the "powdered" sugar to the bowl.
  • Mix all ingredients together very well using a whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer the hot chocolate mix to a quart-sized jar to store. The shelf life of the mix will be approximately two years if you used non-fat powdered milk. The shelf life will be decreased to six months to one year if you used full-fat whole milk powder.
  • GIFT IDEA: You can put 1/4 cup of the hot chocolate mix into a 4-ounce jar and top it off with marshmallows to make small little gifts or party favors. (See video.)
  • TO RECONSTITUTE: To prepare your hot chocolate, add 1/4 cup of the mix to a mug and add approximately 8 ounces of boiling hot water or hot milk to the mug. Stir vigorously for about 60 seconds until the mixture is completely dissolved. Top with marshmallows, if you wish. Enjoy!



The arrowroot powder to help prevent caking is optional.  You can also use cornstarch or white rice flour.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-a-healthy-make-ahead-hot-chocolate-mix/
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