Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe - for when you are tight on time, but still want something fabulous tasting! @foodapparel

Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix

Course Drink
Cuisine Quick 'N Easy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Tammy Blankenship


  • 1 cup and 1/2 chocolate chips - we like Ghirardelli or Guittard or any other high-quality brand that you like dark, milk, or semi-sweet, or even a combo, i.e. Amano, Scharffen Berger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 grade A vanilla bean optional
  • Dash of table salt
  • 2/3 cup dutch-processed cocoa or 1/2 cup cocoa powder I love Valrhona, for non-alkalized, Scharffen Berger is one of our favorites


  1. In a food processor or blender, grind chocolate chips until they resemble a powder, or small pebbles.
  2. Slice vanilla bean in half lengthwise, use knife to scrape seeds. Put seeds and bean into sugar. Massage for about one minute.
  3. Mix vanilla sugar, chocolate, and cocoa. Place in a plastic bag and store in dark cupboard or inside paper bag to reserve cocoa flavor. You may also store in a glass canning jar or tin for you or for gifting. (Just a quick note: darker containers are better for storing chocolate. Flavor will suffer and diminish over time if chocolate is left in light. However, in a plastic bag or glass jar, the mixture will still be very good for about a month.)

For using:

  1. Add 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix to 8 ounces scalding milk for a rich hot cocoa.
  2. Sit for 1 minute to let chocolate bits dissolve. Stir.(You can also substitute a couple tablespoons of heavy cream to get an extra-super rich hot cocoa!)
  3. Add whipped cream, caramel sauce, peppermint, or anything else you'd like for mix-ins.

Recipe Notes

Dress it Up:
Add in 1-2 crushed candy canes or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the mix for a little different finish.