Edible Gifts: Hot Cocoa Mix

Shhh – this is the easiest of our edible gifts, but nobody needs to know. Package the cocoa in a beautiful glass jar and don’t forget the candy cane ‘stir stick’

Makes 5 1/2 cups dried cocoa mix


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. Package in glass jars for gift giving. Keeps indefinitely in the pantry in an airtight container.

To prepare the hot chocolate, fill a mug half way with the mixture and add hot water or milk. Stir to combine.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown and the Food Network.