Monster Hot Chocolate Mix

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Nothing but nothing can take the place of a cup of rich hot chocolate on a cold fall morning. Except for a ghostly good cup of Monster Hot Chocolate that is.
Our recipe will make a massive 6 cups of mix, enough for 24 cups of the best hot chocolate you've ever had. It's simply spooooktacular!

Monster Hot Chocolate Mix

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Yield: 6 cups dry mix
Published: 09/22/2011


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate
  • 1 cup Double Dutch Dark cocoa
  • pinch of salt , optional

Tips from our bakers

  • This mix makes a rich dark chocolate, well suited for adult tastes. For kids, try reversing the ratio, using more milk chocolate and less semi-sweet. Feel free to create your own custom blends.
  • Double Dutch Dark cocoa is a test kitchen favorite, but you can use any unsweetened baking cocoa, dutched or natural.
  • To make marshmallow spooky eyes, cut marshmallows in half with lightly oiled scissors. Press a chocolate chip or other small candy into the sticky side of the marshmallow. Here's lookin' at you, kid!


1) In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sugar and vanilla and pulse for 5 to 6 seconds until well combined.

2) Coarsely chop the semi-sweet and milk chocolates and add them to the bowl. Pulse in 10 second intervals until until finely ground and combined with the vanilla sugar.

3) Add the dry cocoa and salt, pulsing again until everything is well mixed. The mix will be slightly coarse, like brown sugar. Pour into a large glass or plastic jar for storing.

4) For each cup of hot chocolate, combine 1/4 cup of mix with 8 ounces of hot milk. Stir until all of the chocolate is melted. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows or your favorite topping. Makes 24 8-ounce servings.

Store airtight for 6 to 9 months. Excellent for holiday gift giving. Try packing in pretty mason jars tied with bright ribbons. Be sure to add a card with the mix directions.


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  • star rating 10/08/2014
  • Kalisa from Huntsville
  • I am a huge hot cocoa fan. If it weren't for the threat of diabetes I would have a cup of hot cocoa with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This recipe is amazing and totally worth hauling out your food processor from underneath the counter. I like that you can use what chocolates you have on hand and find it nice that you can tweak the ratio of milk and semi-sweet chocolate per your tastes. The ingredients blend up quickly and looks like lava sand. I use a full 1/4 cup as suggested and think it is a great, chocolately treat. If you find it too rich, just use less mix per cup! My only problem is now I have to decide whether I will give this as a gift to my friends for Christmas or stick with the cocoa blocks that I made last year. Tough choice.
  • star rating 12/24/2013
  • longhornmama from KAF Community
  • Fantastic! Easy to mix together in the food processor. Used Dutch process cocoa, all other ingredients as stated, and wouldn't change a thing. The perfect balance of chocolate and sugar, rich even with nonfat milk. I've made a lot of hot cocoa recipes, and this is my hands down favorite. Loved that weights are included in the recipe, so simple to measure using a digital scale. Thanks!
  • star rating 12/15/2013
  • lisa from lewes, de
  • decadent is the only word to describe it. I am giving if as Christmas presents! The dark cocoa makes it
  • star rating 12/12/2013
  • Jessica from CT
  • So amazingly delicious. Gave it to my daughter's teachers for Christmas and had several requests for the recipe.
  • star rating 10/08/2013
  • Karmen from North Carolina
  • This is my favorite hot chocolate mix. Delicious! I use sucanat and just a bit less than the recipe calls for. I make half the recipe at a time in my small food processor and it's perfect. Thanks so much for a great recipe!
  • star rating 01/04/2013
  • emb11359 from KAF Community
  • This hot chocolate mix is great! It's easy to make, and has excellent flavor. I made only a half recipe in my food processor, and it turned out perfect. This mix has the rich chocolate flavor I was looking for, and is so much better than a store bought mix.
  • star rating 12/29/2011
  • blackskirted from KAF Community
  • The flavor of this was fantastic! We made it for a party and topped it with homemade marshmallows. This is definitely our new standard hot chocolate, and would make a beautiful gift.
  • star rating 12/29/2011
  • Ercengel6 from KAF Community
  • This mix is decadent and creamy. The chocolate melts very easily due to it being ground so finely. The perfect comfort drink on a cold morning. The mix is very easy to prepare. I will never buy a hot chocolate mix again!!
  • star rating 12/09/2011
  • Happy at Home from KAF Community
  • Oh so good! We decided that it tasted like eating a creamy chocolate pie! It is rich and a little goes a long way but worth every drop.
  • star rating 11/18/2011
  • ckgaskill from KAF Community
  • We've made two batches of this. In the first batch we used mostly milk chocolate. In the second we used a mix of bittersweet and milk and we all thought it was better - even the kids! A great winter treat.
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