Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hot Chocolate Mix


Photo by:  shawnzrossi

Hot Chocolate Mix
 


Nothing warms a body up on a cold day better than a big mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows. It is one of those comforting drinks that not only warms you up, but it can bring about a sense of peace. Of course, hot chocolate is good any time of year. The prepackaged hot coco mixes are good but expensive. If you make it from scratch, it takes time to measure out all the ingredients.  

I can remember my mom making a big container of hot chocolate mix when I was just a young girl. All you had to do was heat up the water, measure some coco mixture into a cup and stir.  This is a wonderful recipe that makes it easy to prepare one cup, or several cups of hot chocolate.

6 cups instant dry milk
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ¼ cup cocoa

Find a large bowl. Measure the milk, sugar and cocoa into the bowl and mix the ingredients. I use a large bowl with a tight fitting lid. Then I shake the container to mix the dry ingredients. This way it contains the dust particles. When using the shake method, I allow it to sit on the counter so the dust particles will settle.

Pour this into a wide-mouthed 2-quart jar with a tight fitting lid. 


Other Additions
 
For a richer tasting hot chocolate, add 1/2 cup of non-dairy creamer to the dry mix. You can choose from several different flavors such as Hazelnut, Irish Cream, and French Vanilla. 

Sometimes we add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the dry mixture for a hint of spice.

Directions:

Heat water on the stove until it comes to a boil. 

Add a 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the hot cocoa mixture into a large mug or cup. 
After the water comes to a boil, pour some into your cup, stirring until the mixture is smoothe and creamy. Pour in the rest of the water, stirring as you do so. The amount of water should equal about one cup. If you have a bigger mug, you will need to add more hot chocolate mix. 

Top with miniature marshmallows.

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