When I was a newlywed I received a recipe for a homemade hot chocolate mix at a Tupperware Party. I made the recipe several times, especially when my kids were small, and I’ve kept the recipe all these years. Now that many years have gone by however, it was becoming increasingly apparent to me that my recipe needed a little updating.
One of the things I liked most about the recipe had now become one of the biggest problems. My recipe called for complete boxes and containers of each ingredient. This made mixing up a batch super easy. You just opened boxes, dumped them in the mixing bowl and stirred it together with no measuring needed. Unfortunately the manufacturers of these products don’t always keep their sizes the same and it was also becoming the most expensive option. There were usually different sizes of the ingredients in store brands that were a whole lot cheaper. My old recipe also made a large amount of mix (68 servings!) which didn’t really fit my family needs anymore either.
Here’s the original recipe and you’ll see what I mean:
1 Lb Box of Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar is still available in a one pound box but usually only in the Domino brand. The cheaper store brands are usually sold in 2 Lb plastic bags.
1 Lb Box of Nestle Quick – I could find the sugar free Nestle Quick in a 16 oz container but the regular sugar variety come in a 21 oz size. The store brand came in a 30 oz size and was almost twice the product for half the price. Update: I also think “Nestle Quick” is now sold as the “Nesquik” brand.
8 Qt Box of Instant Powdered Milk – I’m able to buy a box of powdered milk at Aldi which is the size that makes 8 quarts so this ingredient was still available in the right size at a good price.
11 Oz Jar of Coffee Mate – Most of the Coffee Mate creamers are now in 15 oz jars. I was able to find one store brand in an 11 oz jar, but many of the store brands come in much larger containers.
I decided it was time to get out the calculator, do some number crunching, and see if I could come up with a scaled down version of my recipe. After doing the math I concluded that my old recipe has a ratio pretty close to 10 parts dry milk, 5 parts chocolate powdered drink mix, 3 parts sugar, and 3 parts creamer.
So I now have a new and improved recipe that stays pretty true to the original, just in a smaller version and in measurements that aren’t dependent on a certain size that the ingredient may be sold in. (Although I’m keeping my old recipe too just to be sentimental.
Update: I’ve made this in an even smaller batch of 1 cup milk powder, a 1/2 cup of chocolate drink mix, 1/3 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/3 cup of powdered creamer. It makes about 8 servings and fits in a pint sized canning jar. Just enough for the occasional hot chocolate craving!
Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder
- 1 cup Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix (such as Nesquick)
- 3/4 cup Powdered (confectioner) Sugar
- 3/4 cup Non-dairy Powdered Creamer
- Combine all ingredients and keep in a covered container.
- To Use: Combine 1/4 cup of the mix with 1 cup of hot water. You can also use 1 cup of warm milk for a richer version.
I’ve been keeping Nesquik or something similar in the house because we’ve been liking this homemade French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix that uses that ingredient too.