A Whole lot of Hot Chocolate

Jun 7, 2023

What is more warming and energising than a mug of sweet hot chocolate on cold and frosty day?

Take off your gloves and wrap your hands around a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

What makes this recipe so great is that it allows you to make a whole batch of hot chocolate, which you can pour into your thermos or stanly insulated flasks, and take with your on adventures or out to warm up hard working hands on the farm.

Where could I take my flask of hot chocolate?

  • Pop this in your vehicle the next time you go skiing.
  • Take it to work on cold and frosty mornings.
  • Serve it at smoko time (a term used in New Zealand and Australia to describe morning tea) in the paddock, shearing shed, calving pens or in your smoko room at work.
  • Sit a steaming flask of this in the railing while training working dogs in the weekend.
  • Pop a flask in the work truck to keep young farmers happy when they begin to loose a bit of energy.
  • The possibilities are endless . . .

What do I need;

Hot chocolate drinking powder
White sugar
Boiling water
Vanilla essence (optional)
Whole milk powder
cold water

Why Whole Milk Powder?

Simply because when you live a long way from the shops it’s a good idea not to use up all your fresh milk supply.
It is also a much cheaper solution than using fresh milk (unless you have a glorious milking cow at your home).

What type of hot chocolate powder do I choose?

Here are a few that are available to choose from in New Zealand. Choose one that aligns with your taste and values.

  1. Avalanche: Avalanche is another popular brand in New Zealand, offering a range of hot chocolate powders, including options like classic chocolate, white chocolate, and even dark chocolate for those who prefer a more intense flavor.
  2. Cadbury: A household name in chocolate, Cadbury also produces hot chocolate powder that is widely available and enjoyed by many.

A Whole lot of Hot Chocolate

This recipe creates 1.5 litres of hot chocolate for your to pour into your flask and take with you.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes


  • ¾ cup chocolate drink powder
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup boiling hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup whole milk powder
  • 1 litre cold water (alternatively you could use 1 litre of milk and omit the whole milk powder)


  • Place the drinking chocolate, sugar, vanilla and boiling water into a large sauce pan and simmer over a low heat.
  • When the mixture begins to boil, take it off the heat and add the water and whole milk powder. Mix well and place back on the heat.
    (If you are using pouring milk instead of the milk powder – simply pour into the chocolate mixture and mix well).
  • Watch the pot, stirring often to avoid the mixture burning.
  • When the hot chocolate begins a rolling boil, remove from the heat and pour into individual cups, or an insulated flask to take on an adventure.