I guess I’m an eight-year-old, because I don’t like to drink white milk. I mean, I’ll drink it if I have to, but I much prefer chocolate milk. In fact, my husband and I drink chocolate milk almost every night with dinner. Yes, we’re very classy over here.
We used to buy Ovaltine or Nesquik powder. But eventually, we realized that we were going to need a healthier and cheaper alternative if we were going to keep up this chocolate milk habit. Then we realized how simple it is to make chocolate milk powder at home.
How to make homemade chocolate milk mix
This homemade chocolate milk mix is ridiculously easy to make. Put cocoa powder and sugar in a jar. Shake. Done. Seriously. That’s it.
I like my chocolate milk rich and chocolatey, not super sweet. The magic ratio for me is two-thirds of a cup of cocoa to one cup of sugar. This is definitely less sweet than store-bought chocolate milk mix. If you like it sweeter, you can increase the sugar by one-third of a cup.
How to get homemade chocolate milk powder to dissolve in milk
This is a crucially important step.
This chocolate milk powder will not dissolve if you simply stir it into cold milk. You must start with about one-half inch of hot water in the cup, add the powder to the water, and stir it really thoroughly. Then you can add cold milk and stir. Otherwise, you’ll have cocoa-y clumps sitting atop white milk. Store-bought chocolate milk powder contains additives that help it dissolve in cold liquids.
Why make your own chocolate milk mix
- It saves you money. At my grocery store, Nesquik costs $0.21 per serving. This homemade chocolate milk mix costs me $0.09 per serving to make. That’s 43% cheaper! We’re talking big money here.
- It’s healthier. You control the amount of sugar you add, and there none of the additives used in store-bought brands.
- It reduces plastic waste. I’m all about finding alternatives to buying food in plastic containers. I store my homemade chocolate milk mix in a mason jar.
- It’s SO easy to make. It literally takes one minute.
Homemade Chocolate Milk Mix
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅔ cup cocoa
- Put sugar and cocoa in a jar. Use the ratio of 1 cup of sugar to ⅔ cup of cocoa to add as much as your jar can hold.
- To make chocolate milk, first add 1/2 inch of hot water to your cup, add chocolate milk powder to the hot water, and stir thoroughly. Then add cold milk and stir. Otherwise, the powder won’t dissolve in cold milk, because it lacks the additives included in store-bought brands.
- This recipe is definitely less sweet than store-bought chocolate milk powders. I would suggest making a small batch to start and tasting it before scaling up to a large batch. If it’s not sweet enough for you, change the ratio to 1 1/3 cup of sugar to 2/3 cup of cocoa.