Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix



Holiday shopping done? Are you sure? Because there’s nothing worse than forgetting to get a holiday gift for someone special. (Actually, here’s one thing that might be worse: You could receive a gift from someone from whom you weren’t expecting a gift, and then wish you had gotten them something too.)

There’s always that temporary moment of panic: “Oh no! I don’t want to hit the mall at the last minute. Oh no! I just want to relax and enjoy the holidays!” Girl, I hear you.

That’s why there’s this easy, homemade Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix to set you straight. Not only is hot chocolate an amazing wintertime treat, but it also makes a stupendous gift. And the best gifts are the homemade ones, right?

Make a big batch and keep a few jars on hand for whoever. (Maybe that neighbor who baked you a bazillion surprise holiday cookies? Maybe your cousin’s girlfriend who you just found out is coming to Christmas? Or perhaps your grandma who has everything?)

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix, an easy, homemade holiday gift. // Feast + West

Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 3/4 cup mix (makes about 6-8 cups cocoa)

A spicy hot chocolate mix to give and share!


  • 3 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate chips, or roughly chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks


  1. Mix all the ingredients — except for the cinnamon sticks — together in a food processor until powdery. (You can also use a grater on the chocolate until it is fine, then stir it into the rest of the ingredients.) Store in an airtight container with the cinnamon sticks for up to 2 months.
  2. To use: Warm one cup of milk (your choice — whole, skim, coconut, almond, soy, etc.) in a saucepan over medium heat until steamy. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix. Heat 1-2 minutes until it begins to simmer and the mix is completely dissolved. Pour into a mug. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle mini marshmallows on top or garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Based on Smitten Kitchen's Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

Don’t like it spicy? Nix the cayenne, maybe even the cinnamon and you’ve got a basic cocoa mix anyone would love.

Want a buzz? Stir in 1 ounce of liqueur, like vodka, coffee liqueur or cinnamon whiskey. And stop by Feast + West for more cocktail inspiration!


Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix, an easy, homemade holiday gift. // Feast + West

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Susannah is an Instagram-obsessed graphic designer and cat lady based in Charlotte, N.C. When she's not designing or taking a zillion photos, she blogs about food, design and travel at Feast + West. It's kind-of like a road trip — a casual drive through the backroads with lots of on-a-whim stops to take photos, peruse lovely shops and eat excellent food. Traveling inspires Susannah the most in her design work and in the kitchen, and she loves to recreate recipes at home.

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