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Instant Cocoa Mix Bulk Recipe

My kiddos love hot cocoa/hot chocolate.  I’ve been buying it for the Keurig which is nice and easy but gets expensive after a while.  My husband told me that he loved the hot chocolate mix his mother made when he was a child.  He said she made it in bulk so they always had it around.  That’s all I needed to hear.  I asked her for her recipe and she sent it right over!

That’s a lot of cocoa mix!

I told you it made a lot!

Guess who made a trip to the wholesale store?

 Alright.  I know.  The recipe doesn’t use cocoa by itself.  It uses Nesquik.  I’m using the recipe as it was given to me. 😉

Instant Cocoa Mix Bulk Recipe

Instant Cocoa Mix Bulk Recipe

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  • 1 pound box powdered instant chocolate flavoring such as Nestle Nesquik
  • 8 quart box of instant dry milk 13 ½ cups
  • 5 oz powdered non dairy creamer like Coffee Mate
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar sifted


  • Combine thoroughly and store in a tightly covered large container.
  • To use: Mix ¾ cup hot water with 1/3 mix.
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Mix ingredients, combine thoroughly and store in a tightly covered large container.

To use: Mix ¾ cup hot water with 1/3 mix.

I do not have man hands!  LOL!  This is my husband.

I added all of the ingredients and began stirring the mix.  Super Husband offered to shake it up instead.  I took these photos as my sons and I stood by laughing and waiting for the Glad Press n’ Seal wrap to give way and cover my dear husband like a snowman.  We waited.  He shook the container…and shook it…and we watched and waited hoping it would break for a good laugh…hoping it would not break for good hot cocoa.  Guess what?

For daily use, pour some into a smaller container.

Yeah.  The Glad Press & Seal wrap didn’t break.  No instant snowman dad for us.  Sad.  Well, we still had hot chocolate to drink!  YAY!

One scoop + hot water = yum.

I highly suggest putting some of the mix into a smaller container for daily use.  That keeps the big container from being knocked off, contaminated by winter illness and from being in the way.

What? I can still use my Keurig? SWEET!

Add 3/4 cup of hot water and then 1/3 cup of the mix and stir.  One of the first things we did was figure out what setting we could use on our Keurig to make this even faster. So, practice that! 😉


I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate.  That’s definitely NOT what this tastes like.  I’d say…to me…this has a sort of a white chocolate flavor to it.

It’s a milder hot cocoa/hot chocolate drink.  I’m so glad I made this.  It brought back such fond memories for my husband and making this as a family created new ones for us all.

Warm winter wishes to you and yours!

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  1. This is great Joy! Thank you for sharing…I’m always looking for a good Hot Coco recipe 🙂

  2. Joy, I just found this recipe and we are wanting to make hot cocoa for our wedding favors! We are putting them in re-purposed baby food jars and they are so cute but…. About how many servings does this make altogether? I am filling 150 jars with one serving each and some mini marshmallows and a hershey kiss 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    1. What a fun idea for wedding favors! I don’t know exactly how many servings this makes but it did keep two teenage boys full of hot cocoa for the winter. LOL! When I really think about it though, it may just be enough for 75 of those jars. It’s hard to gauge. I’m sorry that I don’t know for sure. Have a great wedding!

  3. We are having a fundraiser with hot cocoa. I like the bulk recipe. I saw your comment about it not being very chocolaty. I really like ghardelli chocalate. Do you think I would get a richer taste if I substituted Ghardeli hot cocoa mix for the quik?

    1. Jane, I think it would. I know it sounds good! 😉 Maybe do a taste test on a smaller amount first just to check it out. Let me know how it turns out!

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