Instant Hot Cocoa Coffee

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 1 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

This quick and easy recipe for instant coffee-flavored hot cocoa is ideal for a fast fix. Sometimes you want a mocha but don't want to get dressed and head to a coffee house. You'll save time as well as several dollars by making it at home in just a couple of minutes.

This is a convenient recipe to keep in mind when you are at work, school, traveling or camping and you don't have access to a kitchen or coffee stand. You may have instant coffee that doesn't taste great on its own, but you still want your coffee fix. Adding cocoa and cinnamon can make a world of difference.

You'll start with a cocoa mix and instant coffee. You can buy a bulk container of each and measure out servings, or individual packets (which cost more per serving). Cocoa mixes may be those that have dry milk included (only needing water) or those that require being mixed with milk. It's up to you which will be more convenient. You can substitute soymilk or another milk alternative if you are avoiding milk products.


  • 1 cup milk (or soy milk or water)
  • 1-ounce hot cocoa mix (approximate, 1 serving as listed)
  • 0.1 ounces instant coffee (approximate, 1 serving as listed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring the liquid (milk or water) to a simmer.

  2. Place the cocoa mix and instant coffee granules in amounts for one serving (as directed by each) into an empty mug.

  3. Add cinnamon to the mug, and then stir in a small amount of milk to create a paste. (This is easier to do with a fork than it is with a spoon.)

  4. Gradually add the rest of the hot liquid, stirring as you go.

  5. Serve hot.

You have several options to heat the liquid.

  • Microwave (Beverage setting or 1 minute for a mug of water or milk).

  • Teakettle or saucepan on a stovetop.

  • Electric kettle

  • Coffeemaker (without coffee, no filter needed)

  • Electric immersion liquid heater

  • Campfire, camp stove, gas grill, or charcoal grill

If you like to have this coffee cocoa often, you can mix the dry ingredients ahead of time and keep them in an airtight container. Just before you measure it out, shake the mocha mix to ensure it is still well-mixed.

If you want more chocolate flavor, increase the amount of cocoa mix. This recipe has a significant amount of cinnamon, so feel free to adjust the amount. A little cinnamon gives cocoa a nice gourmet zing, but it's not for everybody. Using a cinnamon stick to stir the cocoa is another option. For the holidays, a candy cane can be used as a stirring stick, adding a peppermint flavor to the cup.