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Malted Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 201kcal
Hot Chocolate Mix is so easy to make at home, you'll never buy premade mix again! This Malted Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is the perfect homemade Christmas gift, and it's so easy to use. The added malt flavor in this homemade hot chocolate mix takes it over the top and makes it one of my favorite versions of hot cocoa!
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  • 2 cups powdered sugar 226 grams
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 84 grams
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder 84 grams
  • cups chocolate malted milk powder 210 grams, such as Carnation (SEE NOTE)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch 6 grams
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 grams
  • Milk or hot water for serving

Optional Add-Ons

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pinch Cayenne pepper
  • Pinch Ground cinnamon
  • Extract vanilla, mint, orange, raspberry, etc.
  • Liqueur Irish Cream, Frangelico, Kahlua, Amaretto, or your favorite


  • Sift all ingredients (except the salt) into a large bowl. Add the salt and whisk all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Transfer to an airtight container and store until ready to use.
  • To prepare, bring 1 cup of hot water or milk just to a simmer. Pour hot liquid into a mug and mix in ¼ cup Hot Chocolate Mix (or to taste).


  • NOTE: If regular hot chocolate mix is desired, leave out the malted milk powder and use 2 cups of nonfat dry milk powder instead.
  • For best results, shake the hot chocolate mix to incorporate separated ingredients before each use.
  • Nutritional information is for dry mix ONLY, not prepared hot chocolate. Nutritional information does not include add-ons.
Storage: Store malted homemade hot chocolate mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.


Serving: 0.25cup dry mix | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 1mg