Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

Total Time: 20 minutes


Good friends, avert your eyes. Possible Christmas spoilers lie ahead.

Warm, cozy, chocolatey, minty spoilers.

This scrumptious homemade candy cane hot cocoa mix makes the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice” list. Dark chocolate adds depth, crushed candy canes give it a minty twist and the white chocolate rounds it all out. It comes together incredibly quickly with the help of a food processor. Then just fill a few plain pint-size mason jars, dress ’em up with a label, screw a circle of festive fabric onto the lid, and make friends and family happy and cozy.

Gift a jar with a big bundle of candy canes and maybe even a bottle of peppermint schnapps or Bailey’s Irish cream. ‘Tis the season!

A few people have asked about the labels I used. I sort of cobbled them together. I started with the top left image from this great blank cards template from the wonderful joyeverafter.com. I then created my own custom label using that border in Photoshop, along with the Outlaw font,  then printed them on plain Avery 2” H x 4” W labels and cut them out with scissors.Voila!

Honestly, if I’d been thinking farther ahead, I probably would have bought a batch of these from Paper Source and printed on them – much easier.

Print Recipe

Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

Yield: 7 pints

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 5 cups Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 (3.5-ounce) dark chocolate bars (I use Lindt 90% cacao midnight dark chocolate)
  • 4 (3.5 ounce) white chocolate bars (I used Lindt white chocolate bars)
  • 15-20 candy canes


  1. Put the chocolate bars in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This will help you grind them in the food processor without the chocolate melting.
  2. In a very large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and kosher salt.
  3. Break the dark chocolate and white chocolate bars into the food processor and pulse until the chocolate is ground into small crumb-size bits. Add to the cocoa powder mixture.
  4. Break the candy canes into pieces and add to the food processor. Pulse until they are ground. Add to the cocoa powder mixture and chocolate.
  5. Stir everything together, then add to the food processor in batches and grind until the mixture is a fine powder consistency.
  6. Add to mason jars and gift away!
  7. To make the cocoa, add two heaping tablespoons cocoa mix to one cup (8 ounces) warm milk and add a candy cane stir stick.

Originally published on The Hazel Bloom December 20, 2011. Updated and posted on Kitchen Treaty November 5, 2012. More about this


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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

14 Responses to “Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix”

  1. Christine posted on December 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Great recipe. I like how you took the photos. Well done.

    • Kare posted on December 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks, Christine! Happy holidays!

  2. torviewtoronto posted on December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    lovely mix wonderful pictures

  3. dusty posted on December 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Where did you get theses nice labels from?

  4. Jess posted on December 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Love this, thanks for sharing! Where did you get your label from and where did you print these at?

    • Kare posted on December 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

      Hi Dusty and Jess! I added details about the label the post (right above the recipe). Essentially I pieced them together from a few different sources, which I explain in the details, then I printed them on our home printer.

      Thanks for asking!

      • dusty posted on December 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        Kare, thank you so much for this information!!!!

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  6. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com posted on December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Hot Cocoa is a perfect holiday indulgence and we love the addition of the candy cane! Really great gift!

  7. Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} posted on December 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Yes! I have been looking for a good peppermint hot cocoa recipe. Thank you thank you thank you! This is perfect. Very easy and sounds delicious :)

  8. Kerri posted on September 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    How many jars will this recipe make?


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  11. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on October 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! Thank you!

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