Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (2024)

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This Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe is a wonderful way to get cozy on a chilly winter day. It is also an easy homemade gift idea!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

There is not a more comforting winter beverage than a mug of Gingerbread Spiced Hot Chocolate. Last year I posted my Malted Chocolate Cocoa Mix Recipeand I loved how simple it was to make homemade hot cocoa.
For this holiday season I wanted to make a cocoa mix with an interesting flavor. While I was working on my Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipethe idea came to me.
This Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe is super easy to make. It is a great last minute homemade gift idea too!
The flavor is unique and blends together quite nicely. This hot cocoa mix is still rich and chocolaty. But it has a subtle gingerbread spice flavor in the background.
Two winter treats perfectly combined as one: Hot Cocoa & Gingerbread, a match made in holiday heaven!

And of course I had to cut marshmallows into little gingerbread men shapes.
Fill a pretty jar with this Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe, add some marshmallow gingerbread men and a bow for a special homemade gift for loved ones!

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Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

This Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe is a wonderful way to get cozy on a chilly winter day. It is also an easy homemade gift idea!


  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 1½ Cups Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup Coffee-Mate Plain Dry Creamer
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tb Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tb Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tb Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg


  1. Stir all ingredients together with a whisk or fork until evenly mixed.
  2. Transfer to an airtight jar or container and store in your pantry or cupboard.

Hot Cocoa Preparation

  1. Combine 2-3 Tb Cocoa Mix per 1 cup of hot milk.*


*This mix does not contain powdered milk. It is not meant to be used with water. If you prefer to include powdered milk in your cocoa mixture, add approximately 2 cups powdered milk to the dry cocoa mixture.

Adapted from Alton Brown

Nutrition Information

Yield 16Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 90Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 75mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 13gProtein 2g

Nutritional information on WonkyWonderful is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

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  1. Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (6)Chris @ Shared Appetite says

    Love those little gingerbread men marshmallows! And this hot chocolate sounds SO good!


    • Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (7)Nicole Harris says

      Thanks Chris!


  2. Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (8)Caitlin says

    I love your mini gingerbread man! I want one!


  3. Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (9)Rick Chang says

    My son is alergic to the protein in milk “casin” so i was wondering if you have tried using hot coconut, almond, cashew, rice, or other non dairy milks with this recipe? I love this idea and would like to make it for my family and friends offering a non dairy substitute.


    • Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (10)Nicole Harris says

      Hi Rick! Yes, I make hot cocoa with coconut milk for my daughter (she has a lactose allergy). I think it tastes extra delicious! And this hot cocoa mix recipe does not include dry milk like most other cocoa recipes. Enjoy!


  4. Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (11)Heather says

    how long would this last in a mason jar? wanted to make for xmas but didn’t know if it was too far in advanced.


    • Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (12)Nicole Harris says

      You’re good, Heather. This mix should last at least several months when sealed in a clean, airtight container.


  5. Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (13)Maureen says

    Do you really need all the pwd sugar seems like overkill?


    • Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (14)Nicole Harris says

      Feel free to reduce the amount of sugar to your preferred sweetness. Enjoy!


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Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe - WonkyWonderful (2024)


Is there a difference between cocoa powder and hot cocoa mix? ›

Cocoa Powder: Hot chocolate starts with cocoa powder, which provides a chocolatey flavour. However, hot chocolate mix is distinct from plain cocoa powder, as it often contains added sugar, powdered milk, and sometimes additional flavourings like vanilla or spices.

How do you spice up hot cocoa mix? ›

Take inspiration from the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, and add warm spices like cinnamon, cayenne, and chile powder to your hot chocolate for a delightfully spicy drink. Pumpkin Pie Spice is another great blend to fold into the drink, infusing the chocolate with notes of cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.

Can I use hot cocoa mix instead of unsweetened cocoa powder? ›

In short, you can use hot chocolate powder as a cocoa powder substitute in a pinch, but you may not experience the depth of flavour you want. Because most brands of hot chocolate powder include sugar or sweetener, you may wish to reduce the amount of sugar you add to your baking recipe.

What is the best cocoa powder for hot chocolate? ›

She also recommends Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker as another solid option for natural—the 100% Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder—and mentioned the King Arthur Baking Company. The latter has two Dutch-process cocoas she likes—the Bensdorp Cocoa Powder and the Burgundy Cocoa.

Which is healthier cocoa powder or cocoa powder? ›

Which Is Healthier Cocoa or Cacao? Raw cacao products are considered healthier than processed cocoa because they contain more minerals and antioxidants. Cacao powder is also considered a healthier option than chocolate products that contain high amounts of sugar.

Is hot cocoa better with milk or water? ›

In terms of ranking, we agreed that the cocoa made with milk provided an ultra-smooth experience and was our favorite. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the water-based cocoa. While it wasn't as creamy as the milk, it had its benefits.

What alcohol to put in hot chocolate? ›

Adding a splash of alcohol like rum, brandy, or whisky can transform your hot chocolate into a truly indulgent and sophisticated drink. So go on, delve into the delicious world of spiked hot chocolate, experiment with your favourite flavours, and enjoy every sip of your carefully crafted, indulgent beverage.

Can I use Swiss Miss as cocoa powder? ›

Yes, if you're baking a cake or cookies, or making icing, you can use hot chocolate powder in place of cocoa if you're out of cocoa powder. Cocoa powder will give your recipe a much more "chocolaty" flavor.

Can I use Nutella instead of cocoa powder? ›

A popular ingredient in pantry cabinets, Nutella is another cocoa powder substitute option if chocolate flavor is optional to the recipe. Made with cocoa, sugar, palm oil, milk, and other artificial flavors, Nutella is a sweeter alternative to cocoa powder.

Does cocoa powder go bad? ›

While cocoa powder doesn't typically "spoil" in the same way that perishable foods do, it can still degrade over time, affecting its taste, aroma, and quality.

What brand of hot chocolate does Disney use? ›

Joffrey's makes everyday moments enchanting as the official hot cocoa of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disney Cruise Line.

What can I add to hot cocoa to make it better? ›

Nutmeg, cinnamon, chili flakes for a spicy Mayan hot chocolate. I use cayenne pepper powder instead since it blends a bit better, still my favorite combination. I like to add a few drops of vanilla extract to this recipe as well. Peppermint schnapps is pretty decent too, without going overboard.

How do you get hot cocoa to the next level? ›

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What is the difference between cocoa and hot chocolate for baking? ›

Not as a direct substitute. Hot chocolate powder contains more sugar than cocoa so if you just used the same amount of hot chocolate powder as the recipe called for cocoa powder you would have too much sugar and not enough cocoa.

Are all cocoa powders the same? ›

Although all cocoa powders can vary in color from light reddish brown to a richer dark brown, the Dutch process gives the powder a noticeably darker hue. Dutch process cocoa has a smoother, more mellow flavor that's often associated with earthy, woodsy notes.

Is Galaxy hot chocolate cocoa powder? ›

Product Description. Cocoa Powder Drink with Milk Chocolate, Sugars and Sweetener. May settle in transit.


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