Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot Chocolate Mix : Playful Cooking

It’s funny how I don’t enjoy the cold winter and yet some of my favorite dishes taste best when they are relished while snuggling in the couch, under a cozy throw. Like, a bowl of warm soup while dunking grilled cheese sandwich in it or a super spicy Indian chaat, Indian khichdi with fried eggplant, piping hot ginger milk tea or a cup of hot chocolate with toasted marshmallow on top.


Hot Chocolate Mix : Sunshine And Smile


I am highly aware that this may not be the right track to detox or cleanse the body after the festive joyful season, but this is positively the way to warm up on a cozy winter night. The one good thing about this homemade hot chocolate recipe, which I learned from Martha Stewart, is that, it has no chocolate! It’s a mix of cocoa powder, sugar and some salt to blend the flavor. All I do is heat a cup of milk in microwave, swirl couple teaspoons of the homemade hot cocoa mix and gulp it down with absolute pleasure.


Here is a piece of health information for you that you might or might not know. Cocoa contains a large amount of antioxidants which is said to helps prevent cancer or any heart disease. Believe it on not, there was a time when hot chocolate was served as a medicinal drink. How cool is that huh!


Hot Chocolate Mix : Sunshine And Smile


It would probably take less than 5 minute to make this mixture. Once done, store it in an airtight container and you are good to go for the whole season. You can swirl it with coconut milk or almond milk; flavor it up with cinnamon powder or nutmeg powder. I like mine with vanilla, so I added homemade vanilla sugar in the mixture.


If you never made vanilla sugar before, go ahead and give it a try. You will love it, not only in this drink but also in other sweet treats! I always have a sugar jar with couple of split vanilla beans in it and once the sugar gets over, I just pour in more sugar in the jar. It smells heavenly!


Hot Chocolate Mix : Sunshine And Smile


So, wait no more and give this extremely easy hot chocolate mix a try. It won’t create a intense rich drink but more of a light flavorful one and not overly sweet. No chocolate, less guilt!


Hot Chocolate Mix : Sunshine And Smile



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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix


  • 1 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Pour all the ingredients in a bowl and give it a good whisk.
  2. Store in it an air tight jar.
  3. While making hot chocolate, heat a cup of milk in microwave or stove top.
  4. Mix 2 teaspoon (more or less, depending on the size on the cup), swirl and drink.


Hot Chocolate Mix : Sunshine And Smile




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  • dishesfrommykitchen
    January 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I want to sip right now 🙂 yes I do mix this and keep it in my pantry.. Satisfy the chocolate craving anytime isn’t it. My son loves it to the core. This was the Christmas present we gave to his class….:) Nothing to say abt your pics…it is stunning !!!

  • Soma
    January 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Love Love Love every sip (and bite and sight) of it.

    Happy New Year Kankana and congrats on this beautiful blog turning two. I missed a lot of posts all around and slowly catching up. Seems like I have been away for too long. TC

  • wok wiht ray
    wok wiht ray
    January 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    My jaw just dropped with amazement. This is a beautiful shot, Kankana!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      You are always so kind Ray 🙂 Thanks!

  • Radhika @ Just Homem
    Radhika @ Just Homem
    January 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Gorgeous! Hot chocolate, any wintery day!

  • Anamika | madcooking
    Anamika | madcooking
    January 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    WOW love it! Super shots…Happy New year Kankana, looking forward to many more such beautiful posts from you :)!

  • Grishma
    January 10, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    love it! So wintery n cozy cozy…Love all the pictures 🙂

  • nags
    January 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    cocoa powder is super photogenic. love the deep colour. i have some vanilla pods rotting (or drying up, rather) in my fridge. shame no? now i have some ideas on what to do with it 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Vanilla Pods rotting! NOO. Make that vanilla sugar or just drop these in bottle of vodka and make vanilla extract. I do that too and smells soooo better than the store bought ones.

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    January 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I love chocolate in all forms and hot chocolate is just perfect right now. Unfortunately my body can’t take too much cocoa, if not i would be having this instead of tea every morning 🙂 Beautiful photos as always. I love the color theme here.

  • Funwidfud
    January 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Wow…love it…warm and cozy drink for these cold days..Awesome clicks as always…

  • Archana
    January 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Wow is not enough for the photography. Beautiful kankana.Awesome and easy recipe too.Keep them coming.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Gorgeous, I wish I had a steaming mug this evening!

  • Charul @ Tadka Masal
    Charul @ Tadka Masal
    January 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    OH MY GOD! those pics.. and imagine me watching them the first thing on a chilly morning! Oh, how much I love you for this post! Made my morning. 🙂

  • Rosa
    January 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Divine and so wonderfully presented/photographed! I love hot chocolate, but like to make this drink with nearly no added sugar (a matter of personal taste ;-D)…



    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Oh yes, at times I like it that way too! No sugar at all 🙂

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdv
    January 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Great post, from a long list of posts this was the first that really kept my attention:) I love hot chocolate. This is the way I am doing it too, with cocoa powder instead of chocolate. I love the taste. Whenever we prepare to go outside we just take our thermoses filled with hot chocolate and the road is just so more pleasant:)

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    January 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Your post just warmed me inside out… God! This was exactly what I needed to calm my self down after yet another crazy day…
    Stunning Pics!

  • Mallika
    January 11, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    This is such a warm treat, both to the eyes and to my tongue. Who doesn’t love chocolate flavour and if it is hot chocolate, I sure you’ll have many takers! Those pillow-y soft toasted marshmallows floating on the hot chocolate will surely add to the decadence. Heavenly!!!

  • Sarvani
    January 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    In the interest of good health and medical advisory issued by ‘sunshine and smile’ on the benefits of cocoa, I say we have a mug of this everyday!!! haha!! brilliant photographs too!!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    January 11, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    I would love one now! Beautiful presentation and as always, your photos are amazing.

  • indugetscooking
    January 11, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Absolutely stunning pics! I am sucker for hot chocolate, this one looks so warm and yum…

  • Rekha
    January 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Mention anything chocolate and my brain starts sending hunger signals … Going to make this one soon.

  • Vijitha
    January 11, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Aw! Lovely clicks K. Who doesn’t like anything chocolatey?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I know right 🙂 Now you know what you can always expect when you visit my place!

  • Anna @ CCS
    Anna @ CCS
    January 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Love homemade mixes like this! Gorgeous photos!

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    January 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    That’s the way I would enjoy my cocoa drink too!

  • mjskit
    January 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures of a wonderful cocoa!!!

  • Soma
    January 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Beautiful pictures Kankana. Loved every sight of it.

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    January 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Having kids, I think I drink way more hot cocoa than I probably should. 😉 Next time I want to try your homemade version. So easy and I was going to make vanilla sugar anyway, so it’s perfect. 🙂

  • Kate@Diethood
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    January 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Kankana, your photos leave me speechless each and every time. I am also loving this hot cocoa shortcut! 🙂

  • Tika Hapsari Nilmada
    Tika Hapsari Nilmada
    January 12, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Hi Kana 🙂
    I love the new look on your blog. Very calming in my eyes.
    Love the first photo so much.

  • Siri
    January 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I love the idea of vanilla sugar. Such a neat and simple idea. And that chocolate drink is so needed for the chilly nights we are having here. I can totally imagine myself with a cuppa under a rug on a couch with “Friends” re-runs on TV. Blisss! 😀


    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      I didn’t know you are a FRIENDS lover too! I can never get enough of that show. I have lost count of how many times I watched the episodes 🙂

  • Apu
    January 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Seriously tempting – perfect for our weather!

  • Amy Tong
    Amy Tong
    January 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Oh yeah…it looks so good. I’ve been making my own chocolate mix as well since it’s way better than store bought. Those toasted marshmallows are perfect company for these hot chocolate!

    Your pictures are gorgeous, as always. 🙂

  • Natasha
    January 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Your blog is gorgeous. Stunning photos! Love it.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Thank you Natasha 🙂 You have a stunning blog too. I just visited and drooled over those cookies.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    the chocolate spoons attached to the mugs is clever and so adorable! I love your mix. I have a cup of hot chocolate at least 3-4 times a week!

  • Rachelle
    January 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    This is delicious!! I made it today for my daughter and I!
    I also added a spoonful of Nutella. YUM! Thank you for sharing! I was wondering if you’d share the name of the font you use for the “hot chocolate mix”?
    Thanks again!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Thanks Rachelle 🙂 So glad you guys liked it and Nutella would be such an amazing addition. So the font I used is ‘scripty’

      • Rachelle
        January 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Sad, can’t find it! It’s beautiful though. 🙂

  • a farmer in the dell
    a farmer in the dell
    January 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I for one am not on a cleanse, and it is freezing here. I would love to curl up on the couch with a good book and this hot chocolate.

  • nipponnin
    January 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This is way too cute! I drink hot chocolate every night even I’m on a diet. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks.

  • Brenda
    February 1, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Hi, your pictures are very beautiful! Where could I purchase the Vanilla Bean at?
    This recipe sounds delish!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Thanks Brenda 🙂 Well, Vanilla beans are available in most stores like Whole Food and Safeway but I buy it online from Amazon. This is the one I use http://amzn.to/11ugHS8