Homemade Hot Chocolate drinking powder

Now I know what you are all thinking, homemade hot chocolate drinking powder in May? I know I know spring has sprung, the birds are frisky and the flowers are blooming. But I live in Scotland where there are still the occasional hailstorms, the temperature is still struggling to climb above 7 and the daffodils have only just opened. It’s still cold and nothing is better then a big hug in a mug from hot chocolate with or without all the trimmings.

hot chocolate with all the trimmings, marshmallows and cream

But then again it doesn’t matter to me if its summer, autumn, winter or spring I love hot chocolate and this recipe would probably work cold for a more summery drink. But I am a bit of a traditionalist I like my chocolate drinks hot.

hot chocolate with a spoon in it

The thing about this hot chocolate is its so rich and creamy it really is good with out all the trimmings.

hot chocolate in a cup with saucer

But then who can resist a hot chocolate with all the trimmings?

hot chocolate with all the trimmings

Marshmallows, topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle and an extra side of marshmallows anyone?

ariel shot of hot chocolate with all the trimmings

This would work wonderfully with a variety of flavoured oils as well, a few drops of mint oil or orange oil or almond oil turns this hot chocolate into something that rivals any coffee shop chain creation at a fraction of the cost!

half drunk hot chocolate

Most of the ingredients for this fabulous concoction can be found in the kitchen cupboard, there are a couple that are a little more unusual.

Like potato flour, which can be found in most health food shops and vanilla pods. Now I understand vanilla pods are expensive, I really like the addition in the recipe but you could replace them with ground instant coffee for a mocha flavour and it would make this a cheaper alternative.

If you are not a coffee fan try substituting the vanilla for ground cinnamon or ground ginger or just leave plain.

arial shot of all the ingredients

I used dark chocolate in my recipe but you could use milk chocolate if you prefer.

hot chocolate with chocolate powder in the shot

This also makes a wonderful foodie gift for a chocolate lover as well. This coming Christmas everyone is going to be getting this as a part of his or her Christmas present.

jar of chocolate powder

So even if the weather is now warm where you are, please give this one a try it is so yummy, or bookmark it and return once the cold weather has visited you again.

plain hot chocolate in a cup and saucer

It’s simple to whip up taking only 5 minutes and to make the actual drink its really easy. You can bring a cup of milk to the boil and depending on the size of your cup add 1 to 4 teaspoons of the chocolate powder and stir in. It can be made in a microwave, mix the milk and chocolate in your mug and heat on medium power till it’s the heat you like, or mix the cold milk and powder in a saucepan and gently boil.

hot chocolate with chocolate powder

The longer you heat this mixture the more it thickens, thanks to the cornflour (corn starch), icing sugar and potato flour in the powder.

*Measurements in US cups is a guide only, this recipe was made using metric weight*

Homemade Hot Chocolate drinking powder

hot chocolate with all the trimmings

By Emma Published: May 2, 2013

  • Yield: 250 grams
  • Prep: 10 mins

A homemade drinking chocolate powder



  1. Gather and weigh out all your ingredients.
    gathered ingredients
  2. Split your vanilla pods in half. Using a smooth-bladed knife, scrape out all the seeds and add them to the cocoa powder and mix them in.
    vanilla pods
  3. Sift the potato flour, cornflour and icing sugar together.
  4. Transfer this to a large plastic food bag and add in the grated chocolate.
    grated dark chocolate
  5. Also add the cocoa powder to the mix. Close the bag and give it a good shake.
    cocoa powder
  6. Transfer the powder to a 250 grams sterilized glass jar.
    jar of chocolate drinking powder
  7. I used a larger one, as this is all I had on hand and it gives me an excuse to make even more just to fill up the jar :)
    hot chocolate powder

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22 Responses

  1. Kelly from LifemadeSweeter

    Oooh what a great Christmas gift idea! Would definitely be happy to be a recipient of hot chocolate. I agree, it doesn’t matter how the weather is outside, there’s always a place for a cup of hot cocoa!:) This looks delicious decked out with the marshmallows! Hmm, I think I’ll have to make that instead of tea this morning, thanks for sharing Emma:)

    • Hi Kelly :) I too think it would make a good Christmas foodie gift I would be happy to receive it I love hot chocolate so much especially with all the trimmings and like you I don’t care what the weather is doing. You don’t need to feel guilty about wanting it in the morning instead of your tea, the French drink hot chocolate for breakfast so if someone challenges you about it just tell them you are being all chic and French today :)

  2. Pamela from Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I’m like you, let it be any season, hot chocolate is still one of my favorites. This winter I became a little crazed with mint hot chocolate – holy moly, that’s good!

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing and making me want some!
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    • Hi Pamela, thanks for stopping by :) if you wanted to make this a mint hot chocolate you can by putting a few drops of mint oil or extract in the made drink I’m sure it would be fabulous. I too love hot chocolate at any time of the year.

  3. I lived in Scotland and the weather is certainly something that I do not miss, brrr just gives me the shivers thinking about it. I dlo love your homemade chocolate though. Love it in fact and wish I had some now to drink slowly and happily – warmth.
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    • Hi Shaheen, thanks for stopping by :) I agree about Scottish weather I’m from way down south and can’t get used to how cold it can be up here! Hence why I need lots of hot drink ideas even in May!!! This is a lovely recipe and well worth trying out I love hot chocolate so much.

  4. Oh my goodness this looks so good. I am going to need to try this, my hubby and I love hot chocolate anytime of the year :)

    • Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by :) I too love hot chocolate at ant time of the year it’s such an indulgent treat that only takes a few minutes to whip up and is available all year round.

  5. Saw this on FB and had to come check it out. Apart from it being a lovely warming drink it would also be very good for a present.
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    • Hi Bintu, this does make a good foodie gift when put in a pretty jar. Or a gift for yourself :) hot chocolate is always lovely at any time of the year.

  6. this is great! what a wonderful idea :) xxx
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    • Hi Gemma, thanks it is really so nice when made up :) hot chocolate is the best.

  7. Sarah Reid, RHNC ( from jo_jo_ba)

    Do you mean potato flour or potato starch? I’m assuming starch since potato flour has a flavour to it, but I wanted to be sure!
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    • Hi Sarah thanks for stopping by. I used potato flour in my recipe I haven’t tried it with potato starch, it may work but I couldn’t say. The amount of potato flour is so little it doesn’t affect the taste. If you do try it with potato starch let me know if it works out ok :)

  8. Peter Furnish

    Thanks a lot for your recipe of homemade drinking chocolate power. Homemade is always better than store bought. I shall soon use this recipe and I really hope my kids like the taste of this homemade drinking chocolate, which I can then also use for making dessert.

    • Hi Peter, I’m glad you like the recipe I’m sure your kids will love it.

  9. Joseph

    Thanks a Lot for the Homemade choc recipe just you have made my day thank you I will try it

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    • Hi Joseph thanks for stopping by :) I’m glad you like the recipe. It’s a really good rich hot chocolate powder which I’m sure you’ll really enjoy.

  10. A great recipe for homemade hot chocolate drinking powder, yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Christina, thank you very much :)

  11. What a great idea! I love homemade hot chocolate but it can take a lot of effort so usually I don’t bother. Good idea to make a ready-made mix. I’ll definitely be doing this in the fall!

    • Hi Casandra, you won’t regret making it its a wonderful mix :D

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