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Hot Chocolate Dip is an easy no bake dessert dip made with hot cocoa mix and Cool Whip. This easy dessert recipe is perfect for holiday parties and family gatherings throughout the holiday season!

bowl of hot chocolate dip with marshmallows and animal crackers.

Easy Hot Chocolate Dip Recipe

Love hot cocoa? Need a super easy recipe for a holiday party? This easy hot chocolate dip is for you!

This sweet treat is light, fluffy and comes together in minutes. It actually tastes like a cup of hot chocolate in dip form.

The best part is there is no waiting for the cocoa to cool down. This sweet dip is cool and creamy, not hot. So even though this is perfect for winter, you can enjoy the taste of cocoa any time of year!

hot cocoa mix, cool whip, mini marshmallows and sprinkles


You only need 2 simple ingredients for this delicious hot chocolate dip. They should be easy to find in your grocery store or online. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Hot cocoa mix — I used Swiss Miss milk chocolate flavor this time, but any brand will work.
  • Cool Whip — Make sure this non dairy whipped topping is thawed before using.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Dip

First, add the thawed whipped topping to a large mixing bowl. Then, sprinkle the dry cocoa mix over the Cool Whip.

whipped topping and hot cocoa mix in mixing bowl

Stir the chocolate mixture together with a large spoon or spatula until it is fully combined.

You want the dip to be as smooth as possible and without any lumps of cocoa.

stir ingredients in large mixing bowl

What to Serve with Hot Cocoa Dip

You can top the dip with mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and holiday sprinkles or crushed peppermint candies for a festive presentation.

Serve this chocolate dip with your favorite dippers. We love hot cocoa with animal crackers and cookies, so we serve them with this dip. Oreo cookies, vanilla wafers, chocolate chip cookies or your favorite cookies will work here.

Graham crackers, pretzel sticks, candy canes and fresh fruit are also good with sweet dips.

hot cocoa mix with mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips with dippers.

How to Store

Refrigerate the dip until you are ready to serve. It can be enjoyed right away, but the flavor deepens after an hour or 2 in the fridge.

Store leftover dip in an airtight container or in the serving bowl covered with plastic wrap for up to 4 days. This dip does not freeze and thaw well.

hot chocolate dip on graham cracker.

Recipe Variations and Helpful Tips

The flavor of the dip will vary with different brands of hot cocoa mix. We used 3 packets of mix in this dip or about one half cup.

Mix the dip with a spatula or spoon. If you use a mixer, the Cool Whip will break down and won’t be light and fluffy.

Add peppermint extract for peppermint hot cocoa flavor. Add cinnamon for Mexican style hot cocoa dip. You can add cream cheese for more of a cheesecake flavor or marshmallow fluff for a sweeter dip.

More Dessert Dips

Try my peppermint mocha dip next! You may also like eggnog dessert dip and pumpkin pie dip and Christmas tree dip for the holidays. You can find even more easy desserts your family will love!

5 from 20 votes

Hot Chocolate Dip

By: Dee
Hot Chocolate Dip is an easy no bake dessert dip made with hot cocoa mix and Cool Whip. This easy dessert recipe is perfect for holiday parties and family gatherings throughout the holiday season!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15


  • 4 oz dry hot cocoa mix 3 packets
  • 1 8-oz tub whipped topping, thawed
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  • In a large mixing bowl, add the thawed whipped topping and hot cocoa mix
  • Stir the mixture together using a spatula or large spoon until well combined
  • Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Place in serving bowl, and top with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, if desired



Serve with your favorite dippers.
Flavor will vary with different brands of hot cocoa mix. 
If you are using homemade hot chocolate mix, you will need about 1/2 cup of dry mix.
Don’t use an electric mixer as the Cool Whip may break down and won’t be as light and fluffy.


Calories: 130kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 0.001mg, Sodium: 64mg, Potassium: 0.1mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Sandy says:

    This tastes just like hot chocolate! Perfect for when it’s not cold enough for hot chocolate here in San Diego!5 stars

  2. Celine says:

    Wow! So easy and tons of fun too! Kids said they had to have this one right away! It did not stay around very long either!5 stars

  3. Lexi says:

    This was so easy to make and tasted so good!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked the dip, Lexi. Thanks!