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Making Chocolate Milk

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It is easy and delicious to make your own flavored milk at home. This guide is about making chocolate milk.


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December 27, 2011
My kids love it, and it costs less!


  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • dash of salt


Mix all ingredients in small pot. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool. Store in glass jar in fridge.

Servings: depends how much you like to use!
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Source: Simply Frugal

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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December 28, 20110 found this helpful

This recipe was posted under homemade chocolate syrup some time ago.

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By 1 found this helpful
August 4, 2009

Make chocolate milk from powdered milk and generic brand chocolate syrup. Then, when kids want hot chocolate, heat it up. It's so easy, and so inexpensive. Marshmallows are optional.

By Stephanie from Anchorage, AK

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December 10, 20040 found this helpful

When making chocolate milk for a treat, put milk and syrup in a sipper cup, put the lid on, cover the hole with your finger and shake to mix it up. No spoon to wash.

By Linda

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December 10, 20040 found this helpful

I drink my choc milk with a straw, so I use the straw to stir in the chocolate syrup.

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September 8, 20050 found this helpful

How can you make chocolate milk at home without the chocolate separating from the milk? Chocolate syrup always ends up at the bottom of the cup. My 2 year old can go thru 3 gallons of store bought chocolate milk in a week. And although I want him to have the milk, the cost of this is unbelievable. I have tried mixing the store bought chocolate milk equally with powdered milk and it has worked. Just wondering if someone else knew a cheaper way to fake him out!


Carole in NC

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 23, 20070 found this helpful

Check out "copy cat" recipes online, or "kid's recipes". You might discover other foods that your child might enjoy as well. I agree with some of the others that you might be going a little overboard with that amount of milk in a week. You may be "washing out" his vitamins and nutrients your child daily needs. This is why he may be craving more and more milk.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 3, 20070 found this helpful

If your 2 year old is really drinking 3 US Gallons of milk a week see your doctor ASAP!

At 2 years a child should be getting around 24 fluid OZ of milk. You child would be getting ~55 oz a day! This much chocolate milk would be offsetting higher quality foods to the extent that you child might be very malnourished.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 10, 20070 found this helpful

I don't let my daughter's drink Chocolate Milk often but when I do, I use the Hershey's Chocolate ice cream syrup. Put milk in a cup, squeeze some syrup (to taste) and stir. It makes WONDERFUL chocolate milk for cheap. This is only a "once in a while" treat for my girls.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 28, 20070 found this helpful

I drink a gallon of milk a day, so what? It's not harmful, sheesh, you people... Would rather have my kids drink milk than soda or even juice, which is MUCH higher in sugar, damages your teeth and causes acid reflux.

The cocoa mix and syrup recipes above are similar to the ones I use myself, I don't buy the premade packaged junk.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 9, 20080 found this helpful

I am floored by some of these comments. I assume that you no longer read this post, since it was more than 2 years ago. But my son whom will be 3 in June was drinking about 3 gallons of milk a week, if not more. I spoke to his Dr. about this and as long as he is eating normally than there is nothing to be concerned about. They checked his IRON level and it is great. The only concern you should have had was too much milk can cause high iron levels and stomach problems.

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March 15, 20080 found this helpful

Got sick and hyper kids? Find out why.

http://www.nowh  com/grfx/nomilk/

My son was diagnosed with ADHD. He was put on drugs. I took him off and removed all dairy and wheat from his diet. I've seen more of an improvement in him in the last 6 months than I ever did with drugs. (He drinks Vanilla Rice Milk which is yummy in cereal.)

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 19, 20080 found this helpful

AGH! I just read the post about someone adding a few drops of food coloring to their child's milk. Please NEVER add food coloring to their food! For that matter, we avoid buying any artificial colors or flavors. If you do a search on food colorings, particularly Red #40 or Blue Lake you will see that they have been found to be carcinogens! Also, food color is just petroleum based chemicals you put in your food. They are not safe, they just won't kill you.

Food coloring can do a lot of harm to children, and there are plenty of websites that will explain how if you just google it. Use an organic chocolate milk mix or make your own. If your kids don't want to drink milk, just use a little sugar and vanilla, and if they still don't they may be allergic to it. We usually don't like the taste of things we are allergic to, and our body knows it. There are plenty of other dairy products that kids like, so just bulk up on the cheese and yogurt!

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By 1 found this helpful
May 2, 2011

Does anyone have a recipe for chocolate soldier? It's chocolate milk, made with dry milk, cocoa, and very little sugar. It tastes a great deal like Yoohoo, with no fat, no added stuff! It is cheap to make and makes a gallon. You mix it up and keep it in the fridge a couple hours before you drink it. My children loved it. I would like to give the recipe to my grown daughter for her children to enjoy.

By Marty from Fredericktown, OH

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May 3, 20110 found this helpful  cat-Yoohoo-94851

I found recipe on this website, but didn't list the sugar as one of the ingredients. Just add your own sugar to taste.

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February 14, 20050 found this helpful

Does anyone have a recipe to make chocolate milk using Hershey's cocoa powder. I have two children who love chocolate milk and I was thinking maybe making milk this way would be less expensive.

Any ideas?

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 29, 20050 found this helpful

great recipe, beanygurl!

just what i was looking for!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 28, 20050 found this helpful

Is there a place to find a recipe for real chocolate not some prissy syrup stuff? Real chocolate like what they made a long time ago down in Brazil, or in Africa. The stuff that is supposed to release true destinys that they used in ceremonys.

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November 28, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Adam West,

Here's a link with information about making chocolate from cacao beans:

http://www.fiel  late/making.html

Have fun,

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 2, 20070 found this helpful

The chocolate that you're refering to from South American traditions would be nothing remotely like american chocolate. It would be more akin to a thick coffee. Traditional chocolate wasnt sweet like today.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 18, 20070 found this helpful

beanygurl - Thanks for the recipe. I just tried it and it's really tasty. I have a box of cocoa powder sitting around and this is a great way to use it up.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 26, 20070 found this helpful

thank you beanygurl i added some cinnimon and nutmeg and it really makes the syrup taste all the much better and you have solved my chocolate milk crisis

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 1, 20090 found this helpful

I love it!

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