Spicy Hot Chocolate Mix

hotchocolateThis makes a great winter gift by itself, or you can wrap it up with a couple of cute mugs. Add some homemade marshmallows for a real treat.

2 1/4 cups cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate (chips or chunks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon (or more) cayenne pepper (Note: I use 1 teaspoon for a rather spicy brew)


  • If using chocolate chunks, grate into fine pieces. This can be done with a knife or with the grater attachment on your food processor. If using chocolate chips, skip this step.
  • Place all ingredients in food processor and blend. (Note, you can also just mix this by hand.)
  • Divide into three 2-cup portions.

Makes three gifts.

Instructions to include with the gift:
Add 1/4 cup hot chocolate mix to each cup of milk.
Stir, heat, then drink.

Go to www.anhourinthekitchen.com/gifttags to download a pdf gift tag with instructions to include with the gift.

4 Responses to “Spicy Hot Chocolate Mix”

  1. hallie says:

    I love love love this idea.

  2. sydney says:

    I’m so relieved I checked your blog before calling you on the phone for this recipe. I scraped the bottom of my tin of hot chocolate and felt a rising panic. Obviously, you anticipated this. Thank you so much.

  3. Jill says:

    Great recipe! I’ve made cocoa mix in the past, but it’s been all from icky ingredients (non-dairy creamer, dry milk, etc…)
    So I haven’t attempted it since I got into real food cooking, but your recipe is great and will definitely have to give it a try!

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