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Homemade Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Mix [White Chocolate & Dairy Free Options]

Warm up with a mug of smooth, creamy gluten free hot chocolate in minutes with this versatile gf hot cocoa mix recipe. Make it instant-style, or simmer it in a pan for some extra thickness.

Either way, it’s ready in minutes, with dark chocolate and white chocolate varieties–;and a dairy-free option, too!

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Why this is the best gluten free hot chocolate recipe

Super easy to prepare (less than 15 minutes total!), with traditional and white chocolate options, this gluten free hot chocolate can also be made dairy free, vegan, and even sugar-free. Only homemade tastes really smooth and creamy, with rich chocolate flavor!

You can make this gf cocoa mix as rich as you like, too. The dark chocolate variety can be made with or without actual ground or grated chocolate, and with the darkest or lightest cocoa powder you like.

The white hot chocolate variety is sweeter, so only white chocolate fans should make that one. But if you have a white chocolate lover in your life, this is a dream come true for them!

Hot Chocolate with 6 mini marshmallows in white mug with gold spoon handle

Why you should avoid prepackaged hot chocolate brands

If you”;re comparing homemade hot chocolate and white hot chocolate mixes to even gluten free packaged hot cocoa and hot chocolate mixes, you”;re in for a treat. The ingredients are, of course, simpler and more wholesome, and the flavor? Well, you just can”;t beat it.

These are not complicated mixes, of course, and they”;re very easy to put together. More than anything, they”;re about the right proportions of ingredients. These are the right proportions.

Is hot chocolate gluten free?

The simplest ingredients that are essential for making hot chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate, and milk, are all gluten free–;but many commercial brands contain gluten-containing fillers, and/or are prepared on shared manufacturing equipment that could cause contamination.

Is Nestle hot chocolate gluten free?

No. According to the company, Nestle hot chocolate mixes may contain wheat ingredients, so they should be avoided on a gluten free diet.

Does Swiss Miss hot chocolate have gluten?

Yes, in the U.S., Swiss Miss brand hot chocolate mixes are considered gluten free. It’s made by ConAgra, which practices so-called “truth in labeling” for gluten, meaning that they don’t hide gluten on their labels.

White hot chocolate powder in glass jar with metal lid

Tips for making the best gluten free hot cocoa

These mixes are made by simply combining all the ingredients for either the traditional or white chocolate varieties and storing them in a dark pantry or in the refrigerator for longer storage. When it’s time to make drinking gf hot chocolate, you have a couple of choices.

Making the thickest homemade hot cocoa

To make the thickest hot chocolate, it’s best to heat the milk and some dry mix together in a small saucepan. Bring them to a boil, then simmer and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken.

For instant gratification, you can either heat the milk separately on the stovetop in a small saucepan or even in a microwave-safe pitcher or other container in the microwave. Then, just whisk into a few tablespoons of dry mix in a mug.

Avoiding lumpy gluten free cocoa

The white hot chocolate is much less likely to clump, since it has no cocoa powder, and cocoa powder tends to resist combining with a liquid. Just whisk vigorously as you slowly add the hot milk to the powder, or whisk constantly if mixing on the stovetop.

To avoid any lumps from the ground chocolate, white or dark, make sure your milk is hot enough to melt chocolate. That’s around 180°F/82°C.

Serving gluten free homemade hot chocolate: topping suggestions

You can serve your hot chocolate plain, since it’s rich and decadent just as it is. If you’re looking to impress, or to treat a favorite person on a cold, snowy day, here are some suggested toppings for a beautiful presentation:

Homemade or store-bought whipped cream (I leave out the sugar from homemade whipped cream)
Miniature marshmallows (most commercial brands are GF, but make sure!)
GF sprinkles or nonpareils (again, check labels and call the company if you’re not sure of GF status)
Easy homemade chocolate syrup
GF brownies, crumbled or cubed and served on top

White hot chocolate powder in glass jar with metal lid

Storing your gluten free hot cocoa mix

These simple hot cocoa mixes are as shelf-stable as their least shelf-stable ingredient, which is usually the ground chocolate. I store mine in a glass container, sealed well, in the refrigerator and it lasts there for months.

If you expect to use the mix within a couple of weeks, you can store it in a sealed container in a dark pantry. I prefer to store it in glass, rather than plastic, for better moisture control.

Storing mini marshmallows

I don’t consider a mug of hot chocolate complete without some miniature marshmallows! I’ve finally found a way to store marshmallows that prevents them from clumping at all–;for months.

Store your marshmallows in the freezer! I place mine in a freezer-safe plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, and they stay as fresh as can be.

Just be sure not to add them to the dry mix, though, or they’ll get sticky and even may begin to break down. Store them separately and only take them out of the freezer when you’re ready to serve the hot chocolate.

White hot chocolate in white mug with 10 mini marshmallows

FAQs
Is cocoa powder gluten free?

Yes! Pure cocoa powder is gluten free, whether it’s Dutch-processed or natural. Just be sure that your cocoa powder is not contaminated with gluten. I like Rodelle brand.

Is there gluten in hot chocolate?

There is sometimes gluten-containing ingredients in hot chocolate, so be careful when buying packaged brands. Swiss Miss in the U.S. is safe, but formulations change so don’t take it for granted. Best yet, make your own!

Are marshmallows gluten free?

Most brands of packaged marshmallows are safely gluten free. But be sure to check your labels and call the company if you’re not sure.

Can I prepare this hot cocoa mix in the microwave?

You can heat the milk in the microwave to make this hot chocolate the “easy” way. Just be the container you place it in is microwave-safe, and much larger than the amount of milk it contains since milk tends to bubble over in the microwave.

I wouldn’t make the “thicker” variety of hot chocolate anywhere but the stovetop, since it is much more likely to clump in the microwave. You really need to whisk as it heats!

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Gluten free hot chocolate: substitutions and variations
Gluten free, dairy free hot chocolate

The traditional, dark chocolate variety of this hot chocolate recipe is easy to make dairy-free, too. Replace the powdered cow’s milk with powdered coconut milk, and the liquid cow’s milk with your favorite unsweetened nondairy milk. I like almond milk. And be sure your dark chocolate is dairy free, or just leave it out entirely!

The white hot chocolate variety is harder to make dairy-free. The powdered milk can be replaced with coconut milk, but the more mild flavor of the drink means you may taste some coconut flavor from the powdered milk.

The only good, dairy-free white chocolate I’ve ever tried is the one I’ve made myself. Try my recipe for vegan white chocolate, if you’re feeling adventuresome!

Sugar free, gluten free hot chocolate

Try replacing the granulated sugar in this recipe with Lankato brand monkfruit granulated sugar alternative. You’ll need to make sure the chocolate you process is sugar-free, too. Lilly is a great brand of sugar-free chocolate.

Vegan, gluten free hot chocolate

The only animal products in this recipe, both varieties, are the milk-based products like powdered milk, milk, and chocolate. If you use the dairy-free suggestions above, you’ll have vegan gluten free hot chocolate!

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How to make homemade gluten free hot chocolate

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Homemade Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Mix [White Chocolate & Dairy Free Options]

Why settle for boring and bland cocoa when you can enjoy creamy and delicious gluten free hot chocolate? Try these easy recipes to see the difference.

Course DrinksCuisine AmericanKeyword gluten free hot chocolate, gluten free hot cocoa

Prep Time 10 minutesCook Time 10 minutes

Servings 2 cups mix

Author Nicole Hunn

Equipmentfood processor
IngredientsDark hot chocolate mix¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)½ cup powdered milk2 teaspoons gluten free sweet rice flour (or cornstarch, or my basic gum-free gluten free flour blend)½ teaspoon kosher salt¾ cup granulated sugar2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, at cool room temperature finely grated or pulsed in blender or food processor (optional)White hot chocolate mix⅓ cup powdered milk1 ½ teaspoons gluten free sweet rice flour (or cornstarch, or my basic gum-free gluten free flour blend)½ teaspoon kosher salt¼ cup granulated sugar4 ounces white chocolate, at cool room temperature finely grated or pulsed in blender or food processorTo make hot chocolate3 tablespoons dry mix1 cup milkMiniature marshmallows for serving (optional)CustomaryMetric
InstructionsTo make either mix, combine all the ingredients for that mix, except for the miniature marshmallows, in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Transfer each separately to a 16-ounce container with a lid, and cover until ready to use.Store sealed at cool room temperature (a dark pantry works well) for up to 2 weeks until ready to use. For longer storage, store in the freezer.For the easiest hot chocolate.Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of either mix in a mug. Heat the milk to about 180°F in a small saucepan or the microwave.Stir the hot milk into the mug with the dry mix, whisking constantly until completely combined. Sprinkle with the optional miniature marshmallows and serve immediately.This method produces a thinner hot chocolate, but in moments.For the thickest hot chocolate.Place the 3 tablespoons of either mix and 1 cup milk in a small, heavy-bottom saucepan. Whisk to combine well.Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the mixture just begins to thicken.Pour into a mug, sprinkle with the optional miniature marshmallows and serve immediately.

NotesOriginally published on the blog in 2015. Recipe simplified slightly; video and some photos, most text, new.

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