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Vanilla Hot Chocolate Recipe

Treat Yourself (and Loved Ones) to Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix

This holiday season, treat your friends, family, and loved ones to a homemade edible gift. We've compiled 30 of our favorite edible gifts — including this recipe — so you can deliciously DIY.

During Winter, nothing epitomizes warmth more than a steaming cup of rich hot chocolate. This holiday, why not package that feeling for your loved ones by making a thoughtful homemade version of the stuff? Unlike store-bought mix, which often tastes chalky and watered down, this edible gift is velvety in texture and pure chocolatey in flavor. This year, I'm making a large batch and distributing individually decorated packages of mix to members of my extended family. Make your own version of this luscious-tasting hot chocolate mix.

Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix

Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix

Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix


  1. 4 cups granulated sugar
  2. 1/2 vanilla bean, split crosswise
  3. 1-1/2 pounds high-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  4. 8 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  5. 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process


  1. To make hot chocolate mix: Place sugar in large bowl. Split half vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape seeds into sugar, and add pod. Work seeds in with your fingers. Cover snugly with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature.
  2. In food processor fitted with metal blade, process semisweet chocolate and milk chocolate until finely ground, using 4-second pulses. (Process in two batches if necessary.)
  3. Remove pod from sugar. Add ground chocolate and cocoa powder to sugar and whisk to blend.
  4. To gift: carefully transfer mix to decorative jars. Add instruction labels for recipients: "For each serving, heat 8 ounces milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until scalded (alternatively, microwave 2-1/2 minutes at full power). Whisk in 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot chocolate mix. Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows. Mix keeps airtight at room temperature for up to six months."

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Susannah Chen
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daisylynn329 daisylynn329 8 years
just made this. loved it!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Just made this! Looks AWESOME! but the chocolate chopping sucked!
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 8 years
making this tomorrow!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
this is awesome and I'm super excited to get all the stuff for this and make it!!! Perfect for my gift mugs!!
emalove emalove 8 years
This is a really cute gift idea.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
sounds yummy Yum! Love the handwriting and packaging. Simple but elegant :)
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Man I would LOVE to get this as a gift! And I agree with others that the handwriting and packaging is so nice!
pioneers pioneers 8 years
To be honest, I really hate drink/food mix gifts. It's like you're saying, "Happy holidays. Here's an errand." I mean, I'm all for homemade (I compliment every gift with an extra homemade one) but sometimes these kind of go too far. One year, one of my room mates gave me a homemade, "Cinnamon Muffin Mix"...I just had to add eggs, water, buttermilk, and oil. Thanks for the flour, cinnamon, sugar and baking soda in a jar. (But it's the thought that counts.)
gingrlj gingrlj 8 years
Sweet Idea! I like also making peppermint homemade hot chocolate with broken up candy canes
j9nd2000 j9nd2000 8 years
oh my gosh! i've made christmas gifts with this same exact mix (from epicurious) for years now! it's a BIG hit! great minds think alike, yum! :)
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
ooohhh yummy
nikks nikks 8 years
ooo i like this.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I might send this in "final exams" care packages, along with some homemade cookies or granola bars and some marshmallows. It sounds delicious, and actually might get some calcium into their systems!LOL ;)
grbngr grbngr 8 years
Perfect gift for those hard to please.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
The packaging is really cute..this would make a nice gift.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Good call on using REAL chocolate instead of just cocoa powder...almost all of the recipes I've seen call for just the powder and then powdered milk and sugar. I will definitely be making this to give as gifts!
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Hello diabetes...
elle-j elle-j 8 years
I really love this idea, thanks for sharing it!
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
What a perfect cozy winter gift! I was hoping you'd do a hot chocolate one, thanks!!
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