Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
10 mins. to 15 mins.
Baking time:
Total time:
10 mins. to 15 mins.
6 cups dry mix
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!
Volume Ounces Grams

  • 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


  1. 1) In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sugar and vanilla and pulse for 5 to 6 seconds until well combined.
  2. 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. 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. 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.
  5. 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.

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!