Hello Autumn! Time for Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Drinks | September 2, 2015 | By

I know I know, we’re only just in September and it’s not quite Winter yet but now is the perfect time to make a batch of homemade hot chocolate mix for the colder months ahead.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I love Autumn so much, it’s cold but not depressingly so. I love walking through the parks in a warm buttoned up coat and seeing the leaves change colours. I love coming in from the cold and having a hot drink ready. The heat of the cup warming up your hands and in my case, steaming up my glasses too! Then of course there’s the joy of watching out for squirrels dashing about the garden looking for food. (When is the last time you saw a red one)?

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Speaking of squirrels, I’m a bit like one come the Autumn time. I start gathering things in preparation for the Winter. Anytime is good for hot chocolate, but come Winter you can really appreciate a big mug of the stuff. Even better when you know you’ve got a batch ready and waiting, so you can make a cup whenever you feel like it.

Shop bought instant hot chocolate is ok but I like experimenting with my own flavours, especially spices like nutmeg and cinnamon which are popular around this time of year. I also don’t like to add too much sugar, as I’m not fond of overly sweet drinking chocolate.

This hot chocolate mix takes minutes to make and there’s enough to fill a mason jar.  Enjoy on its own or with your toppings of choice.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Delicious batch of homemade hot chocolate, just add hot milk and enjoy on its own or with toppings of your choiceย 
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  1. 125g good quality cocoa powder
  2. 100g dark chocolate (70%), grated.
  3. 250g powdered sugar
  4. 350g non fat dried milk
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp ginger
  7. 1 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1 mug of whole milk
  1. In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar, dried milk, salt and spices together and place in an airtight container.
  2. For one serving, pour 1 mugful of whole milk into a saucepan over a medium heat for 2 minutes or so. Add 2 tbsp of the chocolate mix - 1 tbsp at a time and stir until fully dissolved (2 1/2 - 3 minutes).
  3. When fully dissolved pour into your mug and enjoy!
  1. Fills one mason jar
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Looking for toppings to go with hot chocolate?

Gingerbread marshmallows by Supergolden Bakes



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    Sandra Black
    September 8, 2015

    Yes from now on in I just might be tempted to give up a mug of coffee for a nice cinnamony mug of hot chocolate.

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    Camilla @FabFood4All
    September 4, 2015

    Now the weather is getting colder this sounds like the perfect drink to huddle round the fire to:-)

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    Sarah Rose
    September 4, 2015

    Since I moved to the UK I have a new found appreciation of hot drinks, so this is perfect. I love holding on to hot cups of coffee or tea and just letting it warm my hands as I get the smell. I love all the spices in this – i can’t wait to try it!

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    Sarah Arnold
    September 4, 2015

    This is fab Sarah – I do want to give it a go. I still think I am too lazy to deviate from Cadburys! Top tip…..fruit tea mixed with hot chocolate.

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      September 3, 2015

      Hi Mandy! I’m a regular lurker on your blog! Yes, screw the calories for this one and treat yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 3, 2015

    Oh my goodness this sounds amazing! Love the addition of the spices ๐Ÿ™‚

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      September 3, 2015

      Thanks Elizabeth. I get addicted to ginger/nutmeg/cinnamon at this time of year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jemma Andrew-Adiamah
    September 3, 2015

    I’m so looking forward to cold autumnal/winter evenings and getting cosy with a warm drink like this by the fire.

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    September 2, 2015

    Mmmm this recipe is fit =]


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