Homemade gifts are the best! And this eggnog white chocolate hot cocoa mix is a great gift! Gift in a mason jar for ultimate cuteness!

eggnog white chocolate hot cocoa in a white enameled mug with a christmas tree on it with nutmeg grated on top of the cocoa

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is making homemade gifts. Especially edible gifts. One, they don’t take up space. And two, who doesn’t love a treat during the holidays? Fine, three, everything is cuter gifted in a mason jar.

Small tokens of love and appreciation during the holidays are always the best and most meaningful. And my love language being cooking and sharing my time makes this eggnog white chocolate hot cocoa mix a no brainer. The best part is that this recipe is scalable so you can make a LOT to gift!

To keep hot cocoa mix shelf stable, you need dry ingredients. All of these items are easy to find at your local grocery store.

Ingredients to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

The list for a basic hot cocoa powder is really simple. Four ingredients is all you need, but it can be mixed and matched to find the right flavors for you!

  • Powdered milk
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate of choice
  • Flavors optional!

What Ingredients are Needed for Eggnog White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix?

Here is where we switch things up a bit! It’s what makes this basic recipe so easy to customize for the perfect gift.

  • Powdered Milk
  • White Chocolate Chips, or White chocolate bar
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Rum Extract
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
eggnog white chocolate hot cocoa in a white enameled mug with a christmas tree on it

How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix

The best part about this edible holiday gift is that you don’t need fancy equipment to make it, only a food processor! I really love this one, it’s what I have in my kitchen. It’s a bit pricey, but this one is perfect for all budgets and a worthwhile investment to your kitchen equipment.

Add in all of the dry ingredients to the bowl of the food processor. Make sure you have a blade attachment in your processor. Close the lid, and blitz the ingredients together until fully combined, and all chocolate pieces have been turned to powder.

Depending on the size of the chocolate pieces, it may take a couple of minutes. If you can grate, or finely chop, your chocolate before adding it to the food processor, it will take less time.

Place the hot cocoa mix into airtight containers that are ready to use or gift through the holiday season.

How long can you store homemade hot cocoa mix?

Depending on what type of milk powder you are using, you can store it for longer periods of time. Using whole milk powder means it has fats that can go rancid if not used within a couple of months. I suggest that you use non-fat milk powder to extend the shelf life of your homemade hot cocoa mix, for about 6 months.

If you choose to add flavoring into the cocoa powder, also steer clear of oil based flavors for this same reason. Alcohol based flavors are best. And using fresh fruit zest is also not advised because of the natural oils that may spoil.

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Eggnog White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups Mix 1x
  • Category: Holiday
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American


A perfect Christmas gift, you own jar of eggnog white chocolate hot cocoa mix!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup Sugar, divided (See Note)
  • 6 ounces White Chocolate, chopped finely (or white baking chips is fine)
  • 3 ounces Butterscotch Chips, chopped finely
  • 2/3 cup Non-Fat Milk Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp Rum Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon

For Prepared Hot Cocoa –

  • 1 cup Milk, of choice
  • 1/4 cup Eggnog White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Whipped Cream, optional
  • Dash of nutmeg, optional


*NOTE* Because white chocolate and butterscotch are so sweet, start with 1/2 cup of sugar in the mix. Taste test it briefly to see if it needs more sugar to your taste. Add in remaining sugar as needed.

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor, and grind until a very fine powder forms. About 1 minute.
  2. Place mix in airtight storage containers.
  3. To prepare your eggnog white chocolate hot cocoa, heat up milk until steaming hot. Stir in 1/4 cup of hot cocoa mix. Adjust more or less to your taste. Garnish as desired.

Keywords: Hot Cocoa, Holidays, Christmas, Eggnog