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Copycat Alton Brown Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Delicious dairy free dry hot cocoa mix recipe made with dry non dairy alternatives. Rich and creamy and stores up to six months! Recipe adapted from Alton Brown. (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Egg Free)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Dessert, Drinks
Servings 36 servings


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup cocoa powder original recipe calls for ¼ cup dark cocoa powder and 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups powdered milk see notes
  • 1 tbsp powdered vanilla
  • 2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • pinch of salt, marshmallows, non dairy whipped cream, sprinkles, or non dairy chocolate chips for topping, if desired


  • In a bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa, powdered milk, vanilla and cornstarch until combined well.
  • store mix in an airtight container and label.
  • To make: Mix 2 ½ tablespoons of mix into one cup of hot water or non dairy milk. Whisk until smooth. Top with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and/or whipping cream if desired.



Mix stays good for up to six months. 


powdered sugar

This adds a little bit of sweet to your drink. you can opt for a sugar free powdered sugar if you want just know it may alter the taste of your drink a little bit.

cocoa powder

the base of the drink, cocoa powder gives your hot cocoa it's deep rich flavor. the Alton Brown recipe recommends using ¼ cup dark cocoa powder and 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, but no one seemed to really notice a difference when I just used straight cocoa powder.

powdered milk

if you are using a non dairy alternative, there are several non dairy powdered milk alternatives on the market.

powdered vanilla

you will need some powdered vanilla for this recipe, but it can be hard to find. so I opt to keep it out of my mix when I can't find it in stores and just add a touch of regular vanilla to my mug when it's done. either way works fine!

cornstarch and arrowroot powder

both of these ingredients are what will add a little bit of thickness to your drink and bind all your ingredients together in helping to create a nice creamy drink in your mug!


You can absolutely give this as a gift to someone. Place the hot cocoa mix in a jar and print out these labels here. 
Keyword coconut free, dairy free, egg free, hot cocoa, soy free, vegan, vegetarian