Chocolate Milk Powder

filed under: Food + Drink on May 22, 2020

Chocolate Milk Powder is a quick and easy way to make your own chocolate milk without all the additives you would find in store-bought powder. With just three ingredients, you can add this powder to some milk for a sweet and refreshing glass of chocolate milk. Be sure to check out my homemade chocolate milk recipe as well.

Chocolate Milk Powder

When I think of chocolate milk powder, I think of Nesquik, the most popular and well-known chocolate powder. But, have you ever looked at the ingredients on the container? There are a few additives that are listed that I could do without.

Homemade Chocolate Milk Powder has just as much (if not better) flavor and is made with only three ingredients!

Chocolate Milk Powder in a Jar with a Spoon and Milk in Background

Chocolate Milk Powder Recipe

Did I mention this recipe only calls for three ingredients? And, they are probably ingredients you have on hand, so no need to go to the grocery store!

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Granulated sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Salt  

How to Make Chocolate Milk Powder

This has to be one of the easiest things to make. All you do is combine the three ingredients–the sugar, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. You can blend them in a food processor or shake them in a container that has a lid (of course). Store the powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Spoonful of Chocolate Milk Powder

Making Chocolate Milk

Now that you have the chocolate powder made, it’s time to add it to some milk for a sweet, refreshing treat!

There are a couple of ways you can do this:

  • Start by pouring a cup of milk and putting it in the freezer for 5 minutes. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of the powder with a couple of tablespoons of warm water. Mixing with a little warm water first keeps the cocoa pieces from floating to the top and not mixing in. I use 1-2 tablespoons of powder per eight-ounce glass of milk.  
  • Another way to make chocolate milk is to use a blender. (Highly recommend this method!) For every one cup of milk, I used two tablespoons of the chocolate powder. Blend on high for about 30 seconds, and if you want a nice cold glass of milk, add an ice cube to the blender.

Hot Chocolate

If you are craving hot chocolate, simply add 1-2 tablespoons of the chocolate milk powder to a cup of heated milk.

Is Chocolate Milk Good for You?

This is a loaded question, really. Chocolate milk has the same benefits of unsweetened milk, including calcium, vitamin D, and potassium (just to name a few). However, the added sugar is what makes chocolate milk more of a dessert to have once in a while than a drink to have every day. It contains up to two times the sugar of unsweetened cow’s milk.

Is Chocolate Milk Healthy for Kids?

Just like with adults, children should drink chocolate milk in moderation. One glass of chocolate milk is more than half the recommended daily sugar intake for kids. So, it’s a great treat, just like going out for ice cream, but a treat that kids and adults should enjoy once in a while.

Pouring Homemade Chocolate Milk into Glass

What is the Best Cocoa to Use?

When you go to buy cocoa for this recipe, choose high-quality cocoa for best results. This will cost a bit more because better cocoa means better beans. Look on the label to see that what you are buying is 100 percent cocoa, and then check the nutrition label. The best cocoa will have 1 gram of fat per 5-6 gram serving.

Dutch-process cocoa has a different flavor, but you could try it in this recipe. It’s all about your preference. Dutch-process cocoa will be labeled with something like, ‘processed with alkali’ and will have a less bitter taste. It is also darker, but that doesn’t always mean more flavor. Again, it’s all about preference, but again, choose high-quality cocoa either way.

Glass of Chocolate Milk Powder in Milk and with a Spoon

Can You Double This Recipe?

Absolutely! You can make as much or as little as you would like. Just make sure you store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place and label it with the date made. I often make a quadruple batch, put it in a large mason jar, then add a tablespoon right inside the jar. 

How Long Does This Last?

This recipe will stay fresh for about 2 years. Yup, you read that right! Granulated sugar lasts about 2 years when stored properly and cocoa powder typically lasts about 3 years. 

Looking for More of the Best Chocolate Milk Recipes?

As mentioned earlier, making your own chocolate milk is probably your best bet when it comes to making it fit your nutritional needs. My homemade chocolate syrup recipe is great because it can be added to milk in your desired amount. You can also use lower-fat milk for fewer calories and fat. Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat that is best enjoyed in moderation.

Looking for More Chocolate Treats?

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5 from 3 votes
Chocolate Milk Powder
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

With just three ingredients, you can make your own chocolate milk powder without any unwanted additives!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Milk Powder
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 37 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • cup (133g) granulated sugar
  • cup (39g) cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. To get started, get out a jar with a lid or a food processor.

  2. Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt until all the ingredients are mixed together, using a food processor or shaking them up in a sealed container. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.

  1. When ready to make chocolate milk, add 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate milk powder to about 1 cup of milk. I highly recommend mixing it in a blender. You can also add 1 ice cube if you want your chocolate milk very cold.

  1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the chocolate milk powder to a cup of heated milk.

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  • Laurie m says:

    Can this be made as sugar free?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You could but it will be bitter. I have not tried sugar-alternative options with this.

  • E. Wilder says:

    I have made some of your recipes, and really enjoy them. Thank you.

  • C L says:

    I’ve been making this with stevia for years. It works great for morning coffee/ mocha, hot chocolate or chocolate milk.

  • Marina says:

    My dad who is diabetic loves a cup of hot chocolate. How do I substitute the granulated sugar?

  • Bonnie Alcorn says:

    I’ve been doing something similar for years, but I add powdered milk as well, and use it as coffee creamer. The only drawback is that it leaves “scum” around the edge of the cup, from the cocoa. If I’m feeling especially ambitious, I pulverize hard peppermint candy in my blender, and mix it in as well. Yummy!

  • Jennifer says:

    Marina for you dad who is diabetic you can substitute monk fruit for the granulated sugar. It is a 1:1 ratio so no crazy conversion. It tastes good and won’t spike his blood sugar. Costs more but totally worth it.

  • Carol Brockway says:

    Can you make it sugar free?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Carol! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried any sugar substitutes with this recipe. Let us know if you try it and how it tastes (it may be bitter). Have a great day!

  • Jay says:

    This is great!
    I’m now trying just adding 1/2 tsp cacao powder and 1 tsp maple syrup to a cup of hot milk to fix my sugar craving :).

  • Linda Fisher says:

    I really like your recipe keep the good work up

  • Margaret says:

    Is there a white version of your recipe please?

  • Catherine says:

    Any suggestions to make it sugar free? Monk fruit spikes my mother’s blood sugar.

  • Jodi says:

    I wonder what the ratio would be if I wanted to make a frozen hot chocolate with this ?

  • Maria Beylo says:

    Can I substitute Carob powder for the cocoa?

  • Corinna says:

    For dairy-free hot chocolate, how would this taste if you poured heated almond milk or oat milk to this powder? Or use to make your recipe for dairy-free hot chocolate bombs?

    Can’t wait to try!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Corrina! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried using almond milk or oat milk for either recipe. But, please let us know how it is if you try it! Have a wonderful day!

  • Juliet says:

    Just made the powder and added it to cold milk, delicious!