Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

I concocted this dairy free hot chocolate when I was on a strict dairy free diet.  I live in Minnesota where winters are cold. After we’re done sledding, playing hockey or shoveling snow, we need a nice, hot beverage to warm us up!  Hot cocoa is the go to beverage for kids and adults alike.  

The milk substitute that my son likes is soy milk.  However, I don't care for soy milk alone and adding chocolate syrup didn’t make me like it any better. 

This hot chocolate is made with powdered potato milk which also works well for making hot chocolate mix.

We like to top our cocoa with mini marshmallows.  Around Christmas time, we garnish it with mini candy canes which not only serve as stir sticks but also add a delicious minty flavor.  Sometimes, we even crush up candy canes and add them right into the hot chocolate mix. 

A dash of cinnamon gives a slightly spicy flavor but you can omit it if you choose.  The dash of salt brings out the chocolate flavor but this could also be omitted.

I’ve included recipes for making a single serving of hot chocolate or making hot chocolate mix to keep on hand. It is also makes a great gift!

Dairy and Soy Free Hot Chocolate


1 tablespoon Vance's DariFree Potato Milk Powder

1 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon sugar 

Dash of salt

1 cup boiling water

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Mini marshmallows


1) In a mug, combine the potato milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon (if desired).

2) Add boiling water and stir until powder is dissolved. Top with marshmallows.

To make hot chocolate mix:

In a pint sized canning jar, combine ½ cup powdered potato milk, ½ cup granulated sugar,  ½ cup cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional).  Fill the remaining space in the jar with mini marshmallows.

To decorate for gift giving:  Cut a 4x4 inch piece of fabric and place on top of the lid.  Place the lid ring over the fabric to secure it. 

To mix 1 cup of hot cocoa:

Add 1 cup boiling water to 3 tablespoons of mix. Stir and enjoy!


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