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Homemade hot cocoa mix with spices

Hello Everyone!

Don’t you just love drinking hot cocoa this time of the year? I do and I like mine with some spices.

I had a super yummy hot cocoa at a Christmas market once but never could find the mix to make it at home, so I came up with this recipe.

I hope you’ll like it. Let me know if you do.



Homemade hot cocoa mix with spices

Ingredients (fills a 300 ml glass jar)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup dark muizestrontjes * (or chocolate chips)
  • 2 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)



  • Sift the sugar, cocao and spices into a bowl and add the “muizestrontjes”.
  • Put the mixture in a food processor.
  • Give it a few pluses to break up the chocolate.
  • Store in a sealable jar or container.
  • To drink, spoon 3 tbsp of the cocoa mix in a mug, fill it with milk and heat in the microwave oven (or transfer to a saucepan and heat over medium heat).



  • * This is my dialect word for the Dutch “hagelslag” (sprinkles), which translates to “mouse droppings”, so called because of their size and colour. In fact, they are just chocolate sprinkles.
  • To make it extra Christmassy you can add 1/4 tsp ground star anise and 1/8 tsp ground cloves for extra festiive flavour.



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