Dairy-Free St. Nicholas Cocoa Mix

This recipe was submitted by Jamie, from Ad Silvam Ibimus.  Thank you Jamie! 

I tweaked the original St. Nicholas Cocoa Mix recipe to come up with a dairy free version for my son. I had looked high and low online and didn't find anything...so thought this might be helpful for other readers.  The results were delicious and we could taste no difference.

Dairy-Free St. Nicholas Cocoa Mix


4 cups (one canister) Vance's DariFree* in original flavor
8oz Ghirardelli* instant cocoa
3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups miniature marshmallows
3-4 ounces finely crushed peppermint candy
Candy canes, optional


Combine powdered milk, cocoa, powdered sugar, marshmallows and peppermint candy; mix well. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 2.5 quarts roughly

For each serving, put ½ cup of mix in a regular-size mug, fill with boiling water.

* Vance's DariFree can be found at any supermarket that has a good natural/alternative/allergen free section. I have found it at Wegman's and Whole Foods.  The Ghirardelli cocoa is the only I have found that is dairy free, but feel free to use any dairy free cocoa you come across. Any variety of Ghirardelli is fine just watch some of them do contain coffee and therefore caffeine. We used Double Chocolate flavor. Pin It


  1. thanks for this! our supermarkets don't carry the darifree, but i'm going to see if i can't find it online!!

  2. It is definitely available online..I have seen it on dairy free and allergen free websites. I would just google it and I am sure you will find it. It is a little pricey, but for the special treat once a year I thought worthwhile.


  3. This is fabulous! Thank you, Jamie! Do you by chance know if your recipe is gluten free, too? I'm fairly new to both GF & DF living ...