Best Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix Without Powdered Milk

Make this easy Dark Hot Chocolate Mix ready for you and your whole family, stick it in the cupboard, or give it as a perfect homemade gift with FREE Dark Hot Chocolate Tags to label them nicely. This recipe will be one of your staples for it is such an easy one and without powdered milk, so you can easily whip up a Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix as well!

Two glass bottles filled with Hot Chocolate Mix with Hot Chocolate Tags and a silver spoon lying on the side on a wooden surface.

Do you remember that a couple of weeks ago I told you about how I craved some Dark Hot Chocolate and shared the recipe? Well, I got some questions about the Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe and how to prepare some ready for the cupboard or to give as a gift. I heard you – so today I will share with you the Best Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix recipe! I created for you some FREE Hot Chocolate Mix tags that you can print out and label your amazing gift!

Without further explanations let’s get to it and make some mix ready in the jar!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It is quick: this mix is fast to make and has a long shelf life
  • It has only a few ingredients: the recipe has only a couple of ingredients and most likely you have them all in your pantry already.
  • Perfect to give as a homemade gift: Carefully chosen ingredients and made with love – what else do you need from a perfect gift? Use my FREE Hot Chocolate Mix Tags to create a beautiful gift with the finalized look.
  • Treat for the whole family: this mix is a delight for both kids and adults. When using it for hot chocolate, everyone can tweak the hot chocolate to their liking.
  • Fits to any budget: when you make the mix yourself you have the freedom to choose the ingredients of your liking and that fit in your budget.
Tiny girl sitting and holding two glass jars with Hot Chocolate tags.

Tips for making

  • Make a big batch at one go, save time and you can enjoy it throughout the year! When doing a bigger batch use a food processor to get the chocolate bits small enough to mix well with other dry ingredients. You can scale up and multiply this recipe freely.
  • If you want to make a vegan hot chocolate mix, make sure the dark chocolate is a vegan one!
  • Store your homemade mix airtightly in a mason jar, or other airtight container.
  • Do a meal prep before the holiday season to keep the mix on hand easily.

Why own homemade chocolate mix is better than storebought?

When you are preparing your own mix you can choose more carefully the ingredients you are using. The main ingredients are dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder. These are also the ones that have multiple different types and qualities so you can choose the ones that fit your requirements and budget.

The storebought hot chocolate mix contains many unnecessary products to increase the shelf life and different dry milk powder options that contain loads of sugar. When doing your own mix, you are the master of your mix and you choose what goes in and what you don’t need in your mix.

Is hot chocolate mix same as cocoa mix?

Hot chocolate mix and hot cocoa mix both have many ingredients in common, but hot chocolate mix gets its chocolate flavor from chocolate and hot cocoa mix gets it from cocoa powder. There is generally a bit of overlap when using these terms, but the difference is mainly in the texture with the warm liquid final product: hot chocolate is normally thicker and smoother in consistency than more liquid hot cocoa.

Two glass bottles filled with Hot Chocolate Mix with Hot Chocolate Tags.

Ingredients you need

Make sure you use quality ingredients to get the best result in flavor. The main ingredients should be all dry to increase the shelf life. That’s the reason why in this Hot Chocolate Mix, I don’t suggest substituting for example the sugar for maple syrup or vanilla powder for vanilla extract. If you want to do Hot Chocolate to enjoy right away, then you can change to the liquid options as well.

  • Dark chocolate. Preferably between 40-70% depending on your taste and I suggest finding one with the fair trade label. If you want to make the mix vegan, make sure you are using vegan dark chocolate! If you want to jazz it up you can substitute dark chocolate with other chocolates like milk chocolate or why not try mint chocolate or white chocolate?
  • Unsweetened dark cocoa powder (100%). Make sure you use unsweetened one to obtain the deep dark chocolate flavor.
  • Organic cane sugar. Can be substituted with regular white sugar or other sugars like coconut sugar.
  • Vanilla powder. Use good quality to get the best flavor.
  • Salt. I use sea salt, but any salt will do. The salt enhances the flavor of the chocolate, so do not leave it out it is only a pinch of salt that is needed.

Tools you may need

  • A cook knife
  • Chopping board
  • Scale
  • Measuring spoons
  • Bowl for mixing or you can layer the ingredients directly into a jar.
  • FREE Hot Chocolate Mix tags, to name your jar.

How to make Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Start with chopping the dark chocolate into very tiny pieces. The smaller you cut the faster it will melt when you want to use your homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix. Instead of chopping you can use a food processor. Just be careful not to overdo it, for chocolate will heat up if processed too much, and then you will end up with one chunk of chocolate instead of mini chocolate chips.

Knife lying on the wooden surface with chopped dark chocolate on it.

Measure cocoa powder, cane sugar, vanilla sugar, and salt into a bowl. Mix all together, and pour into a glass container. Seal it well. If you want to play visually with the textures you can layer them in a container starting with the roughest one and layering up one ingredient on another. Label with the FREE Hot Chocolate Tags.

Storage

Store at room temperature in a dry place for up to a year.

How to use the Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

When you want to make hot chocolate from your ready-made mixture, you need just a small pot and the milk of your preference. My strong favorites are cow milk (1%) and almond milk for this one, but here are some other milk suggestions with non-dairy milk options as well.

Suggestions for milk

  • Cow milk (1%), choose whole milk for a more luxurious experience.
  • Almond milk, for nutty flavors.
  • Oat milk
  • Coconut milk, or even coconut cream if you like the strong flavor of coconut.
  • Soy milk

How to prepare Dark Hot Chocolate from Hot Chocolate Mix

Pour 4 dl (400ml) of milk of your preference into a pot and put it on the stove for medium heat. Let it simmer, but do not boil. When you have warm milk you can add the Hot Chocolate Mix For Two and stir constantly until dissolved and dark-colored. Pour into glasses or mugs, decorate to your liking, and drink hot.

Two glass bottles filled with Hot Chocolate Mix with Hot Chocolate Tags.

Dark Hot Chocolate Mix For Two

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Make a hot chocolate mix ready for your cupboard or give it as a gift for your loved ones!

Ingredients

  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tl vanilla powder
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

    1. Chop dark chocolate. The more texture is finer the faster it will melt.
    2. Measure cocoa powder, cane sugar, vanilla sugar and salt into a bowl. Mix all together, pour into a glass container. Seal it well.

    Storage
    Store at room temperature in a dry place for up to a year.

    How to prepare Dark Hot Chocolate from Chocolate Mix
    Pour 4 dl (400ml) milk of your prefer into a pot and put it on the stove for medium heat. Let it simmer, but do not boil. Add the Hot Chocolate Mix For Two and stir constantly until dissolved and dark-colored. Pour into glasses or mugs, decorate to your liking, and drink hot.

Notes

    • If you want to play visually with the textures you can layer them in a container starting with the roughest one and layering up one ingredient on another.
    • Make a bigger batch at one go, save time and you can enjoy it throughout the year or great to give as a perfect homemade gift! Use my FREE Hot Chocolate Mix Tags to create a beautiful gift or to label your mix in your kitchen.
    • If you want to make a vegan hot chocolate mix, make sure the dark chocolate is a vegan one!
    • Store your homemade hot chocolate mix air tightly in a mason jar or other airtight container.
    • Do a meal prep before the holiday season to keep the hot chocolate mix on hand easily.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 5gSugar: 37gProtein: 3g

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