When hot chocolate takes 30 seconds to make, you might start drinking a lot more of it. We won't hold it against you if you buy the packets of Swiss Miss or Carnation, but here's a good recipe if you're a diehard do-it-yourselfer.


1/3 cup cocoa
1 1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons powdered non-dairy creamer
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional: instant coffee


  • At home:

Mix all ingredients and store in a zip lock baggie. 

  • On Trail:

To one cup hot water, add 1/3 cup dry mix (about four to six heaping tablespoons) and stir well. Add a little instant coffee for mocha. Life is good.

  • ¬†Average 4 out of 5