Shhh It’s a Secret! The Best Gourmet Homemade Hot Chocolate!

2014 December 8

I might be a tiny bit addicted to all things hot cocoa.

Lately my main love affair has been with locating salted caramel syrups to add to cheap instant mixes.

hot cocoa chocolate mix can you guess the secret ingredientBut once a year.

During the magical sparkly Christmas Tree Lights time.

I break down and make the true best hot chocolate in the world.

It’s a once a year kind of divine.

And if you make it in a larger batch and share the mix with friends, you will become known as the person who makes that AMAZING hot cocoa mix—how can we get more of that stuff?!

{NOTE: This isn’t for kids. It’s a grown up hot chocolate flavor. Dark and Sultry.}

And there’s a secret ingredient. (Isn’t there always?) When I first read it, I was all oh no? Not for me. Cuz. WEIRD.

But I was looking for something different and amazing one year flipping through a waiting room magazine. And there it was. Waiting for me, in the waiting room, go figure? See if your friends can guess the flavor when they taste it!

Best Christmas Cocoa in the World


Once a Year Hot Chocolate Mix

I’ve been changing the mix over the years. Because, yeah why leave a good thing alone right?

INGREDIENTS for the Dry Mix:

  • 1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips (roughly chopped) or go big and buy a higher end bittersweet chocolate baking bar. Like Scharffenberger Extra Dark. (Just saying that brand is SO FUN!) Chop it up and use 8 Ounces per recipe. Or look around for a locally made chocolate.
  • ¾ Cup granulated sugar you can use a bit more or less depending on how sweet or bittersweet you want yours.
  • ½ cup baking cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ¾  Teaspoon ground cinnamon


Now for the unexpected!


  • ½  Teaspoon anise seed, toasted (see below) and crushed
    Trust me. Try it and when your mind and mouth are blown away, you can thank me then.



  1. Toast the anise seeds in a small casserole pan lined with tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees for a few minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you can smell a slight licorice scent. 5-7 minutes. Let cool a bit and then on a cutting board use a rolling pin and crush the little suckers to pieces.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients including crushed anise in a bowl and decide what you are going to do. Make a batch of Hot Chocolate right now and light the fire while sitting by the tree? Or scoop slightly larger than 2/3 Cups into cute mini mason jars to give away as gifts? You will have enough for 4 gifts or 12 servings.


INSTRUCTIONS for making Hot Chocolate:


Mix rounded 2/3 Cup of dry mix with ½ cup water and place in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until smooth and all melty. Whisk in 4 Cups half & half (or regular milk if you must) and turn the heat down a little. Stir till warmed through and serve topped with whip cream and shaved chocolate to 3 other VERY lucky friends!


If you package up the hot cocoa mix in cute jars just print up the final instructions and attach to your mixes.



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2 Responses
  1. December 10, 2014

    Anise? Really?? I’m not sure I use it for anything at all! I can’t even think of what it smells like. Hmmm, you’ve got me super curious!!

    • December 10, 2014

      Trust me. It’s not expensive. Go Google other things to do with it maybe?
      BUT TRY THIS. Slight licorice flavor… but.. I HATE black licorice and don’t mind this.

      Anise if often found in herbal tea mixes, but I think they use too much and it overpowers the tea….??

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