I can’t remember the first time I tasted my grandmother’s homemade hot chocolate mix, but I know I will never, ever forget the warm comfort it brings me with every sip. For my family, that’s what the holiday season smells like. Made with just four ingredients and a whole lot of love, her signature blend comes straight from her own recipe card, in her own handwriting. The recipe itself is simple and requires very little instruction, but it turns out a big batch that will last you for months. Just make sure to store it with a secure lid! (My grandmother jokes that we’d always run out, no matter how much it makes.) One thing’s for sure: You’ll be set with enough hot chocolate mix to bag up as holiday food gifts for all of your friends and family. Follow her recipe for the best homemade hot chocolate below. Happy sipping!

Kaitlyn Yarborough

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sift all ingredients together into a large tupperware container until no lumps remain and mixture is fully cohesive.

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  • To serve, mix equal parts hot water and hot chocolate mix. You can do this in a mug, large insulated pitcher, or on the stovetop according to your preference.

Tips

For dry milk first-timers, this is an example of what to look for. For other ingredients, my grandmother uses Coffeemate and Nesquick, but feel free to use your preferred food brand.