Who knew it was this easy?  I’ve been buying Nesquik (or Nestle Quik for old school readers) for years and recently checked the ingredients.  Once again, I’m left thinking, “There has to be a way I can make a copycat version at home without the additives”.  From the ingredient list, I found it contains three basic dry ingredients and a bunch of other stuff I’d rather not give my kids to eat.
make your own nesquik from sugarbananas

My little girl is not a fan of milk.  I’ve tried everything but standing on my head to get her to drink more.  After much experimenting, she’ll drink milk with a spoonful of my Homemade Chocolate Syrup.  It’s delicious and no wonder she loves the chocolate milk.  However, I don’t always have the time to cook up a batch of syrup.  So, I found a way to make a Nesquik copycat recipe that is just as delicious.

It could not be any more simple…

Nesquik Remake

2/3 C Sugar 1/3 C Cocoa Pinch of Salt Combine the three ingredients and store in a sealed container. That’s it!

~Using a high quality cocoa will result in a very rich, chocolatey flavor.~

Scharffen Berger and Valrhona are my favorites.

This is so good mixed into cold milk or added to milk and ice in the blender. It also makes a rich, delicious hot cocoa. If so, don’t forget the pillowy homemade marshmallows on top!

Results:  Success!  She loves it.  So now I know she’ll drink milk made with…

momma’s thick chocolate syrup


momma’s homemade Nesquik

Hey, I choose my battles.

NOTE:  I’ve been using this recipe for a while now.  It’s great!  One trick I found (thanks to some advice from readers!) to help it dissolve is to first add about one tablespoon of hot water to the powder in the cup and swirl it around for a few seconds.  Then, add the cold milk.  Perfect!
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 homemade nesquik

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66 Responses

  1. Sending LOTS of LOVE your way! Hello! Why didn't I think of that? I'm a Nesquick mom too and just think of the money I could have saved. Genius. Pure Genius. You are now my hero!!
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  2. Oh my gosh! I love Quick! I begged for it all the time growing up and now my son likes it as well. Thanks for sharing this with us. Going to make some this week. 🙂

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  3. I finally tried this Sarah. It tasted great. The only problem I had with it was that I could NOT get it to stir in. I would stir and stir and then the second I would stop it would separate again. I wonder if it was the kind of cocoa I used. SOOOOO, I am saving this for when I need it for the blender because I think the blender would do a much better job and getting it mixed in then I can! 🙂

  4. Hi Sarah ~ I just googled homemade nesquik and found your page…it's beautiful! I also have a milk drinker dependent on Nesquik.
    Katie ~ Hmm, while I haven't tried the above recipe yet, I have made a recipe for hot chocolate mix and didn't have a problem with it separating. I can't remember which I did – I either mixed the ingredients in my blender or food processor. (Yes, the are dry ingredients.) I wonder if that'd do the trick of breaking the pieces down even smaller and/or incorporating them together well.

  5. Okay, so I had a huge problem getting it to mix. I saw Katie say that she had the issue, but it seemed everyone else did not. What did I do wrong? I stirred and stirred and finally had to scoop out all the extra mixture that I could. The milk tasted good but all those extra pieces really threw it off.

  6. Thank GOD for your recipe this morning!!! I was out of Nesquick and all 3 of my girls were begging for their chocolate milk! I went to Pinterest as I always do and found your recipe! It is wonderful!!! My girls are all smiles with chocolate milk mustaches this morning!!!!!

  7. I too was at the store recently and balked when I looked at the ingredient list. I thought surely there was a way to make this at home…and likely for cheaper. Thanks for the recipe, it took me all of 2 minutes and I'm sittin here sipping on my chocolate milk.

    1. Great info. Thanks for finding this link. I've also read that cocoa may help with lactose intolerance to milk. I'm not sure. …I'll have to find the source for stats.

      As far as calcium absorption, I'd rather my kids drink chocolate milk and have at least *some* calcium versus drinking zero milk. They have a very balanced diet and do get plenty of vitamins and minerals from other foods and drinks. However, I do not want to take milk off of the menu. I like that they have a taste for milk in some form.

      Thank you again for the info and the link. Have a great week.

  8. Another advantage to making it yourself is that you can not only set your own sweetness level, but you can also use other sweeteners like xylitol (doesn't spike blood sugar, half the calories), erithritol (0 calories), maple sugar (hmmm–have to try this one), etc.

    1. Thanks Richard. Yes, some readers have written to say it works great with other sweeteners as well. I don't have a lot of experience with xylitol but I'm sure it would mix well. Maple sugar sounds like another great sweetener. Good idea. Thanks again!

  9. I always use powdered sugar rather than granule sugar.
    I also add a bit of corn starch to thicken it a little.
    And yes, always dissolve the powders in a warm liquid (milk or water).

  10. Love this idea. My mom always made hot chocolate this way, but I never considered putting it into cold milk before. I will be trying this asap. Based on my experience with mom's hot chocolate, though, I would recommend the bit of hot water to dissolve before adding the cold milk. If for no other reason, sugar crystals don't dissolve well unless heated. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. Nice! I’ve never used a sugar substitute in this recipe. I think stevia is a lot sweeter than sugar? I’m curious about how much sweetener did you add?

    1. Same here! The packaged stuff was fine for me until I knew more about the ingredients I can’t pronounce. I can definitely pronounce “cocoa” hehehe.

  11. I had an uncle that worked at Nestle. He told me about how Nesquik is made. What they do is scrape the cooled chocolate from the mixing pots and powder it. That is all. It’s melted chocolate. All that extra stuff you see in the ingredients list is the stuff that makes a chocolate bar be bar like. What to make real Nesquik at home? Melt a chocolate bar in a large pot and coat the sides. Let it cool and scrap out of the pot. Powder larger parts. Store in jar.

  12. Im pretty sure I have all of these ingredients in my pantry right now so I need to go and make this. Good idea to eliminate all of the other unnecessary stuff in there. I’m excited to try this. I’ll add a little hot water to the glass to mix it first.

  13. My mom sent me to this recipe and i never knew it was this simple. New follower here! There’s a lot of good ideas so I’ll be back soon. Have a good day.

  14. So I tried the tip to add some hot water to the mix in my glass and let it stir in well. Then I added the milk and it mixed perfectly. This is great. I’m going to make a double batch next time.

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