This isn’t a typical cinnamon sugar mixture. It’s a MAGICAL cinnamon sugar mixture with a few special ingredients that you probably already have! This cozy blend adds a fun twist to cinnamon toast, hot chocolate, ice cream, or where ever you’d like to add a little magic.
Why is this Cinnamon Sugar Different?
It’s cocoa powder, friends. Yep, chocolate makes everything better — even cinnamon sugar! It gives cinnamon sugar a deeper, richer flavor. It’s heavenly.
Why We Love This Cinnamon Sugar Blend
Cinnamon sugar is great, right? It’s classic. Why mess with a good thing?
Well… after trying the Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar blend at Trader Joe’s my eyes were opened. Adding cocoa and a touch of nutmeg elevates regular cinnamon sugar to magic status.
It’s also easy to make and chances are you have all the ingredients already in your spice cupboard!
Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients
This is a cinch, my friends. Here’s what you need:
- Fine granulated sugar – I wouldn’t use coarse sugar here. The consistency of the blend will be better if you use fine granulated sugar.
- Ground cinnamon
- Unsweetened cocoa powder – Whatever you have on hand is fine! Any kind of baking cocoa will be good here.
- Ground nutmeg – You might have noticed in my photos that I used Microplaned whole nutmeg. Store bought ground nutmeg is totally fine. I’ve just become a snob over the years and really love the way freshly ground nutmeg tastes. (Those whole nutmeg… nuggets (?) last a really long time.)
- Sea salt – Again, use fine sea salt or fine table salt. Don’t use coarse or Kosher salt to keep the consistency smooth.
Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar Recipe Substitutions
Sugar: If you’re trying to avoid using cane sugar, you could also use granulated Monkfruit sweetener. Other types of natural sweeteners are usually too coarse for this, but you could give it a try and see how it goes.
How to make and store Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar
Well. Just put it in a jar and shake it up!
Store it at room temperature with your other herbs and spices.
How to Give Spice Blends as Gifts
I made this for an easy gift to give a few friends this year and found the cutest little jars on Amazon! They come with little tags and some twine, too! I also found some leftover stickers from a project that fit perfectly.
I put each jar into a cello bag with a little note (printable below!) explaining what it was and including an ingredient list. (I try to do this if I’m giving something away that is unfamiliar or might have allergy-sensitive ingredients.)
You could package up any kind of spice blend like this and attach a recipe!
I’ll link to everything below…
Links to Gift Supplies
1.5-inch Glass Hexagon Jars – There are 30 jars in this pack and it comes with little tags and some twine. The lids come in either gold or black.
Snowflake Stickers – There are 500 in this pack. Any sticker about 1.5″ in diameter will work here.
Cello bags – These fit the jars perfectly! Also comes with some ribbon.
Printable Treat Tags for Giving
You could use these as tags or fold them in half and put them into the cello bags with the cinnamon sugar jars.
I created options for both Christmas Sprinkle and Holiday Sprinkle depending on your preference.
Link to Christmas Sprinkle Printable
Link to Holiday Sprinkle Printable
How great is this? These came together SO quickly and much easier than baking a bunch of stuff.
Ways to use Cinnamon Sugar Recipe
Cinnamon toast: Butter some bread, sprinkle a generous amount of the Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar blend on there and toast them up in a 425 degree oven or your toaster oven.
Hot Chocolate: Sprinkle it directly on your hot chocolate or add some whipped cream and sprinkle it on that.
Whipped Cream: Any chocolate or cinnamon dessert that is begging for a dollop of whipped cream would be delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.
Ice Cream: Yes, ice cream, too.
Yogurt Parfaits: We used this on little bowls of vanilla yogurt and chopped apples (and a blob of peanut butter). It’s also good with chia pudding in place of the yogurt.
Oatmeal: Make breakfast a little extra special with a sprinkle of this in the morning.
If you make one of my recipes, be sure to post it on social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!
- 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Combine everything well and store in a small lidded jar at room temperature.
I love using freshly ground nutmeg, but it isn't necessary for this recipe.
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Nutrition InformationYield 30 Serving Size 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 14Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g
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