My kids absolutely love chocolate milk, but I’ve got to admit, I feel guilty when I serve them something that is full of added ingredients and preservatives that I don’t even know how to pronounce! This DIY Nesquik Recipe is easy to make and it only uses 3 simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now! And if you need another great reason to make this recipe…it’s about half the cost of buying a container of Nesquick at the store!! So, make sure to keep a batch of this on hand! This wholesome, chocolatey treat is something you can feel good about, when serving to the family!
DIY Nesquik Recipe
Ok, are you ready? This is going to be super simple…you’re going to love it! The only 3 ingredients you will need for this DIY Nesquik Recipe are 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2/3 cup of sugar, and just a pinch of salt. That’s IT!
Just combine all ingredients in an air tight jar (I used a ball jar) and shake it until everything is mixed together well.
That’s really it! Easy peasy!! I used a pint sized ball jar and it filled it about 1/2 full…plenty of room if you would like to double the batch. My kids love this stuff so much, I’ve been known to even triple the recipe!
When you are ready to make a glass of chocolate milk. Just add 2 Tablespoons of the mix to a glass and about 2 Tablespoons of warm water…I know this part seems a little strange, but when you are using natural cocoa powder it won’t fully dissolve in a glass of cold milk. And no body likes chunky chocolate milk…well, no one I know anyway. By using warm water first the mix should fully dissolve and make a perfectly smooth glass of delight! Then you just add 1 cup of cold milk and stir.
You can make it the ultimate treat by whipping up a batch of my Master Chocolate Chip Cookies to go along with it! Talk about deeeelicious!
Below is a printable recipe card. Hope you enjoy!
DIY Nesquik Recipe
- 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 c sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- Add all ingredients to an air tight jar and shake until well combined.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of mix to 2 Tablespoons of warm water, mix together until powder is dissolved.
- Stir in 1 cup of cold milk.
One person here stated it was disgustedly sweet; however I thought it was perfect. It was in fact far better than the original and 100% pure liquid milk chocolate. Everything blended perfectly.
Geralyn A Dunbar-Giles says
Disgustingly sweet. If you like your children, don’t use. Take heart though. You can use the ingredients in this recipe to make a delicious glass (or more) of chocolate milk that is very similar in taste to NesQuik chocolate before they changed their product to “classic” this year (2020) which has increased sugar, no longer vitamins, and is no longer caffeine free, which it was.
ONTO the new and improved recipe. Putting my hobby and experience in 19th century cookery and baking to good use — which is what this is, about as basic as it gets — here we go :
Take EQUAL parts Hersey’s unsweetened cocoa baking powder and sugar; 1/3 cup Hersey’s unsweetened cocoa and 1/3 cup sugar. Put into a container and add a pinch of salt.
When ready to use: Use 1-2 teaspoons of the mix per 8 ounce glass of cold mix.
Note: This recipe must be aerated and must “bloom” to create a tasty drink otherwise the drink will be chalky because the sugar has not had sufficient time to wholly dissolve and “rise”, marry the chocolate — or why I believe the original author doubled the sugar because they couldn’t taste it and the chalkiness of the chocolate was overwhelming, which it would be. However, if you prepare it correctly, it won’t be.
Put 1-2 teaspoons of the mix in a 10-12 ounce glass.
Pour in a very small amount of hot water — the hotter than better. Boiling is fine — and stir to dissolve the mix.
Add 8 ounces cold milk. Stir and pour into a second glass. Continue pouring back and forth between the two glasses several times. This will aerate the milk and help the sugar to dissolve faster.
Set in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours — the longer, the better especially if your teaspoons were generous — to allow the drink to bloom.
Blooming will ensure the ingredients are completely dissolved and bonded, removing the chalky aftertaste of the chocolate powder in the back of the throat, and allowing any residual granules of sugar to dissolve, producing a smooth drink that is very similar in taste to NesQuik Chocolate mix.
This recipe may be doubled, tippled, or quadrupled (32 oz) to make a large quantity of chocolate milk. Recommended bloom time: Overnight. Enjoy!
avery joseph says
I’ve loved Nesquik since it was called Nestle’s Quik. This is a good recipe, and sure beats the chemical and phony-vitamin laden commercial Nesquik. Some suggestions though. First, Nesquik has spices in its list of ingredients, so adding a tiny bit of cinnamon makes it taste even more like the original. 2nd, using extra-fine sugar, or running regular sugar through a mini-processor makes it dissolve better. 3rd, Dutch processed cocoa mixes better into milk. And lastly, you don’t need to use warm water to dissolve the mix. Just add the mix and about an equal amount of milk in the bottom of the glass, and stir. It quickly forms a syrup, and then you add the rest of your milk. Cheers!
Lynda Dickerson says
Delicious! Even with only one tablespoon per glass, much more flavor than with packaged mix. Thanks for posting.
skylar brown says
my name is skylar but i go buy sky anyways what i love nesquik before anyone knew what nesquik was the soft chocolaty taste in ur mouth it like heaven.lol that funny though because im 14 how can i like nesquik before any one knew what it was it been out before i was born
Michele W. says
I made this recipe right away and my daughter gave it a huge thumbs up. She wanted a second glass. If that isn’t a glowing review I don’t know what is! ? thanks
Glad you liked your daughter liked it! My daughter also gave it a big thumbs up!
Ah ha!! I wondered how you were going to get the cocoa to dissolve without heating the milk!! Good thinking! Have tried this for years and just ended up boiling the cocoa and sugar in water to make a chocolate syrup rather than “Nesquik” powder. Thank you–my kids thank you too! haha
So happy you like this! 🙂