Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

I’m definitely not the first food blogger to post a recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix. And I definitely won’t be the last. That’s because it makes such an easy and fun homemade gift, and I just couldn’t resist.

I used Ghirardelli chocolate and cocoa in mix. Of course, Hubby loved having an excuse to eat more homemade marshmallows and threw quite a few in his cup of hot cocoa!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Yield: 76-2 Tbsp servings


2 vanilla beans
4 cups granulated sugar
24 oz high-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
9 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups Dutch process cocoa


Split and scrape vanilla beans and place in a large bowl or jar with the sugar. Work seeds into the sugar with your fingers. Bury the pods under the sugar. Cover tightly and let stand overnight (or up to months–vanilla sugar keeps forever) at room temperature.

In a food processor fitted with metal blade, process semisweet chocolate and dark chocolate until finely ground, using 4-second pulses. Process in batches, if necessary.

Remove pod from sugar. Add ground chocolate and cocoa powder to sugar and whisk to blend, making sure to combine well. Store mix airtight at room temperature for up to six months.

Assemble your gifts:
Scoop 1 1/2 cups of cocoa mix into a medium sized bag. Attach a tag with the following note: Heat 8 oz milk on med-high heat until scalded. Add 2 Tbsp cocoa mix and whisk until smooth. Top with a marshmallow. Makes 12 servings.

Recipe as seen on Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally from Gourmet

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14 Responses to “Pecan Pie Brownies”

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    Blog is the New black — December 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Looks tasty!

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    Jessica Steele — December 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    These look like heaven!!!

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    Shannon G — December 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    way to kick pecan pie up a notch! fabulous 🙂

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    Mal — December 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    These look absolutely amazing, I can never resist pecan pie

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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    Megan — December 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I actually did make chocolate pecan pie for Thanksgiving… and quite a boozy one too! I think these pecan pie brownies would have gone over well. I’ll keep them in mind for next year!

    • beantownbaker — December 4th, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      Boozy definitely means better in my mind!

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    Sarah C — December 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    These are in the oven now. I can’t wait to try them! Confession – I don’t think I can wait for them to cool overnight before I have a taste.

    • beantownbaker — December 30th, 2012 @ 11:30 am

      Hope you liked them!

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    Kelsey — December 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a great recipe, Jen!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Holy yum!

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    Kelly Anne — December 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,

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    ashanti kimble — June 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    those hing look so good before i even try to cook them so awesome baby who ever invented those you are awesome so so good mmmmmmmm………..

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    Janessa J — November 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I found that baking the brownies for only 10 minutes before adding the rest was not long enough. The pecan pie topping fell right into the brownie batter and 55 minutes later,and what is left on the top is hard as a rock and the brownie still gooey and a little runny. I won’t be able to cut into squares but it still tastes good so I will chop it all together and we can eat with it a spoon and some ice cream.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      Bummer that they didn’t bake all the way through for you. Although underbaked brownies are one of my favorite desserts ever! Glad you still enjoyed them.

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