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The BEST Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix: Perfect for Gifts! (gift tag included)

homemade dark chocolate cocoa mixNothing warms my heart and soul like a creamy, comforting cup of cocoa! I absolutely love it! It doesn’t matter if I make it with cow’s milk or almond milk, the hot chocolate makes me very, very happy! Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix is my absolute FAVORITE quick mix. I can control the ingredients, it comes together quickly in my food processor, and it makes the best gifts for teachers, friends, the mail lady, ANYONE! I hope you’ll mix together a batch of Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix for yourself right away!

Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix Recipe…

Honestly, the process for making this homemade mix couldn’t be easier or faster. Simply throw the ingredients into the food processor and blend! I love the ease and lack of a mess! I also love that I can control the amount of sugar in the recipe, should I choose. For me, I lower the amount of sugar because I like a richer, darker, chocolate flavor. (I also firmly believe we eat WAY TOO MUCH sugar and it’s making us sick!) If you’d like to visit the site of the original recipe for this cocoa mix, please visit here.

I really LOVE that Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix includes three different forms of chocolate. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream! I use 60% bittersweet chocolate chips, Hershey’s chocolate bars, and dark chocolate cocoa powder. The combination of the three makes a stellar blend! Remember, the better the chocolate, the better the outcome! I only use Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips and Hershey’s milk chocolate bars and dark chocolate cocoa powder. Nothing generic!

The Process:

dark chocolate cocoa mix

The food processor makes quick work of the cocoa mix. First, granulated sugar and vanilla extract get pulsed together. See how it looks like wet sand?

dark chocolate cocoa mix

Next, the chocolate gets added. This step takes a little longer to process, as you’ll want to get the mixture as powdery as possible. This makes for a better melting/dissolving end result!

dark chocolate cocoa mix

After blending the ingredients together (in the proper order, of course), I like to bag in clear gift bags and add the gift tags. (See below or click this link for the gift tags. Be sure to print on cardstock!) This year for Christmas, I even decorated mugs as part of the gift. My kids’ teachers enjoyed the festive gs, and I loved that the teacher gifts were simple, meaningful, and inexpensive. The perfect trifecta for gift-giving, any time of year!

Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix Gift Tags

I hope you’ll try Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix and let me know your thoughts. Make sure to keep some of the mix for yourself and stir up a quick, creamy, cup on cold mornings!

The BEST Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix: Perfect for Gifts! (gift tag included)

Category: Beverage

Yield: approximately 13 servings

Serving Size: 3 T. mix

The BEST Homemade Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix: Perfect for Gifts! (gift tag included)

An easy and indulgent dark cocoa mix that is perfect for warming you up, body and soul!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 60% bittersweet chocolate chips (I LOVE Ghirardelli!)
  • 2 full-size Hershey's milk chocolate bars, broken into small pieces
  • 1 cup Hershey's dark chocolate cocoa powder


  1. In large bowl of food processor, add granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Pulse until mixture resembles wet sand.
  2. Add chocolate chips, broken chocolate bars, and cocoa powder to bowl. Pulse until mixture is powdery and completely mixed.
  3. Store in a tightly covered container.
    To Make Cocoa:
  1. Add 3 Tablespoons of mix to 1 1/2 cups hot milk. Stir well to combine.


For the easiest preparation, stir powder into a mug with 1 1/2 c. milk. Heat for one minute in the microwave; stir. Return to microwave for one minute; stir. Repeat to desired level of warmth.

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