ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS! I can’t wait to relax, read all the books, play all the board games and drink all the hot chocolate.
I’m not going to lie though, I am a pretty big hot chocolate snob. I don’t like the stuff in the packets. Even when I make it with milk and snazz it up with extra stuff, there always seems to be a fake, chemical-y taste to it.
Enter homemade hot cocoa mix – the easiest food DIY you ever did meet! With six simple ingredients, you will have a big batch of warm, silky, chocolate goodness ready for enjoying by the fire.
What’s great about this recipe (but seems weird at first) is the dried milk. It makes the mix extremely portable as regular old hot water will still make a traditional, milky hot cocoa. However, I like to still use milk to make it extra rich.
There really are no steps to this recipe other than to measure everything out and mix it all together. I opted to use a big bowl, my hands and an old-fashioned whisk to stir it up. There were still a few small pieces of powdered sugar in there (you can see them below), so if you want it to be totally smooth, a food processor or stand mixer with the whisk attachment would do the trick.
Once you’re finished, divide the mix into air-tight containers. After that it’s up to you – package them up with marshmallows (recipe to come!) for a cute Christmas gift, or keep it all to yourself.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper (doesn’t add heat, enhances the flavor!)
3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
directions for making
Mix everything together using your hands, stand mixer or food processor depending on your consistency preferences.
directions for serving
Place 1/3 cup of hot chocolate mix (adjust as needed) into a mug. Fill with hot water or milk, then stir to combine. (If you give this mix as a gift, be sure to include these instructions!)
optional serving additions
Irish cream liqueur
Happy sipping to you and yours!