Gourmet Hot Cocoa to Go!

Cocoa To Go - Recipe for Gourmet Hot Cocoa mix that will blow your mind!  Get the recipe at www.SimplySimpleStamping.comWho wouldn’t love this Christmas gift?  It’s adorable AND it’s CHOCOLATE!  Winner Winner Turkey Dinner!  I’m always on the lookout for simple gifts to give neighbors and church friends.  You can’t miss with this great gift!  DID I MENTION IT’S CHOCOLATE?  Num num!!!

Creating this gift was actually pretty easy and I will be creating a video to help you.  The cover is a little tricky but hopefully I will make it simple for you.  You know I’m ALL about simple!

Cocoa To Go - Recipe for Gourmet Hot Cocoa mix that will blow your mind!  Get the recipe at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Cocoa To Go - Recipe for Gourmet Hot Cocoa mix that will blow your mind!  Get the recipe at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
I thought the snowflake coaster really took this gift from cute to FABULOUS!  I just thought it made it a more “complete” gift.  And those Frosted Finishes Embellishments are the bling that really made it pop!

Cocoa To Go - Recipe for Gourmet Hot Cocoa mix that will blow your mind!  Get the recipe at www.SimplySimpleStamping.comAnd it’s not just ANY hot cocoa.  Oh na na!  It’s GOURMET hot cocoa!  You are going to fall in love with this stuff and you won’t be able to drink it any other way.  The secret ingredient?  Pudding!  Yep, Instant Pudding Mix takes boring store brand cocoa and makes it the most fantastic stuff to come in a cup…second only to coffee.  Just sayin’.

Want the recipe for the cocoa?


  • (1) Can of store brand Hot Cocoa Mix (don’t buy the good stuff)
  • (1) Small box of Chocolate or Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix

Pour the hot cocoa mix into a large bowl.  Add the pudding and mix well.  The pudding just slightly thickens the hot cocoa and brings out more chocolate flavor.  Measure according to the directions on hot cocoa can.



  • (1) Can of store brand Hot Cocoa Mix (don’t buy the good stuff)
  • (1) Small box of Chocolate or Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
  • (1) packet Cherry Kool-Aid
  • 1/2 cup sugar

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, Kool-Aid, and pudding; mix well.  Add the can of hot cocoa mix and mix again.  Measure according to the directions on hot cocoa can.  You can use any flavor of Kool-Aid – Orange and Strawberry are good too!  If you want more “cherry” flavor, double the sugar and use 2 packages of Kool-Aid.

The best part about this cocoa is that you can make a big batch for under $3.00 and trust me when I tell you… your friends will think this is Godiva Hot cocoa!  It’s that rich and that good!

If you try my cocoa, leave me a comment and tell me what you think!  I will have the video for this project and supply list posted tomorrow so be sure to check back!

Also, just want to say THANK YOU for allowing me the Thanksgiving weekend off.  I had a GREAT week with out-of-state family and WAY too much food but OOOHHHH it was so good!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well.  It’s back to work and I have LOTS of cool things planned for the coming weeks!  Wahoo!

Have a WONDERFUL day, my friends!

20 Responses to “Gourmet Hot Cocoa to Go!”

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  1. Janis L Ussery says:

    Love this! The blue with snowflakes is gorgeous!

  2. Sue says:

    THANK you for that Hot Cocoa recipe, I was going to make some Cocoa mix for gifts, but all the recipes I saw called for Dry Milk and it is expensive. I WILL try this…

  3. Maria A. Rodriguez. says:

    Oh Connie!!! what delicious recipes you have for us today!! and what a wonderful idea for a quick and fabulous gift for our mail lady or the sweet clerks at my post office, they know me there already, I’m always the one mailing those cards that are a bit thick due to some embellishments, LOL. Also, the super fabulous gals at my hair salon, goodness!! if it wasn’t for them, my hair would be a mess. Thank you, thank you for sharing this awesome recipes with us.

  4. cindy says:

    And here you go again…pies and now hot chocolate! Love, Love your blog ! I never know what you’re up to until the very end of the blog. You can bet this cocoa will be made by me! Thanks!

  5. Febe says:

    Love your Hot Chocolate cup and recipe. I plan to try it with the sugar free stuff as that is so dull and unappealing! Thanks for sharing.

    Febe G.

    • Connie says:

      I have actually used Sugar Free Instant Pudding and it works great but I haven’t found big containers of cocoa that are sugar free. PLEASE be sure to comment back with your results! I would love to hear how it turned out. I prefer sugar free stuff too but you’re right… it’s kinda dull.

      • Molly says:

        Connie, i was just hoping someone would comment about a sugar free version. the cocoa i use at home isn’t totally sugar free but it does come in a cannister. of course it goes into a pantry jar and i throw the original away so dork i am i can’t go check the label but think it is a nestles product and is actually listed as a fat free cocoa but does have very good sugar numbers for those of us who have to watch that. very interested in trying the pudding addition since i think it will make a tastier cocoa that hubs might actually like! your cup set is so cute, looking forward to the video. thank you in advance! glad to know you had a wonderful family weekend. no shopping or crowds for me, i pushed ahead and got all that done before surgery. so weird to not have much to do!!!

  6. Elizabeth Mims says:

    Where did you find the island indigo blue cups? BTW, last night I watched your video on bows and square knots about 12 times and practiced for about an hour. My customers are going to be so impressed with my bow tying skills. Thank you so much.

    • Connie says:

      Elizabeth, it’s actually Designer Paper. Tomorrow there will be a video on how to do it. Check back in the morning! 🙂 So glad you found the bow tying video so helpful. It’s just a practice thing but once you have it, you have it. Good for you! An hour of your time and you’re a bow tying expert!

      • Elizabeth Mims says:

        Can’t wait for the video. Thanks for being so encouraging. This cup would make a great gift for teachers I work with at school and also a way to get word out that I’m a new demonstrator.

  7. Joy Jones says:

    I made the cocoa and hesitantly added the cherry koolaid …it is OH SO DELICIOUS!!! Making the cups too! Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Mims says:

      Ok so my grocery store didn’t have hot cocoa in a can so I ended up buying (@ 5.49 a packet!!!) two Godiva 10.5 oz packets. I bought the small pudding. So my question now is…how many ounces is in the can? I don’t want to mix in too much instant pudding and have it too thick.

      • Connie says:

        Elizabeth, my tin was 28 oz. but I have made this with a tin with 24 oz. but to be honest, I wouldn’t do this to Godiva! It’s already amazing! You might try adding ½ teaspoon to a cup.

    • Connie says:

      Glad you gave it a try!

  8. Bethany Barnard says:

    Hey Connie…I add all my accolades to you as well. I just came from the store and could find NO Hot Chocolate…can I get it at WalMart? And do the directions say to mix with milk? finally…your baggie looks quite full more than the TBSP one might expect. I want my son to make this for a jr craft fair t I am stuck trying to find a ‘can’ of cocoa. TIA for your help.

  9. Teresa says:

    I just saw this video 2 days ago and today while at my daughters, my 2 yr. old grandson came in from the cold and she asked him if he wanted some hot chocolate. I told her about this recipe ( she was skeptical when I told her about the pudding) but she mixed it up and when she tasted it, was very IMPRESSED! Of course my Grandson had no objections to it. haha He will probably never like hot chocolate any other way… Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe…

  10. IlaRae Miller says:

    So did you just put 1 TBSP in each bag in each cup? I put in about 3 TBSP and it still looked smaller than your bag. Now I’m on my way to the store to get ingredients for the Black Forest Hot Chocolate! Love the recipes!

  11. IlaRae Miller says:

    I was reading Bethany Barnards’s comment above “…you baggie looks quite full more than the TBSP one might expect…” . So I just assumed that each cup had only enough hot cocoa mix for one cup. Have you thought of “White Chocolate” or “Pumpkin Spice” pudding mix to add to the cocoa mix?

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