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101 Days of Christmas: Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix

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Chocolate is known worldwide. It is thought the Mayans made the first hot chocolate drink over 2000 years ago. The Aztecs had a hot chocolate vision that was bitter and spicy with chilies. The Spanish version replaces the chilies with black pepper. Explorers brought cocoa to Europe, where it became popular. At first, hot cocoa was used as a medicine to treat liver and stomach diseases.  Cocoa was added to heated milk, creating hot cocoa, also known as hot chocolate. There are multiple variations worldwide of this delicious drink. You can find it in coffee shops, cafeterias, fast food restaurants, and teahouses.  Just about any country you visit, you will find some form of cocoa in drinks, candy, cakes, and more. Not to mention chocolate chip cookies which are most people’s favorite cookies. Below is the recipe for Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix. Why not add some chocolate chip cookies when you share with others, or even for your evening snack?

A mug with a bag of this delicious hot cocoa mix from Alton Brown makes a nice gift for teachers, neighbors, and acquaintances. Or, make a snow day gift basket with mugs for the whole family and hot chocolate mix to share, and add fun treats like these chocolate spoon stirrers, marshmallows, candy canes, and cookies for dunking!


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-2 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 2 12 cups powdered milk


Mix all ingredients and divide into small treat bags. Print these hanging tags to attach to the bags.

To prepare, fill a mug halfway with the mix, add hot water and stir well.

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