Hot Chocolate Recipe

Am I crazy to be posting a Hot Chocolate Recipe in the midst of a national heat wave?  Probably.  Will that stop me?  No way!  From a very early age, my children had home-made cocoa mix instead of the instant envelope kind.  When they had a bad day at school or with a friend, we’d have cookies and cocoa and talk it out.  Today I am in need of cookies, cocoa and a hug.  So, here is my hug to each of you and my recipe for Cocoa mix to make it all better.  Heck, it might even make this heat wave go away!

Sara’s Home-made Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

1 – 25.6 oz package of Instant Dry Milk

1 – 12 oz jar powdered non-dairy creamer

2 cups powdered sugar

1 – 24 oz can Nestles powdered chocolate milk mix (i.e. Nestle Quick)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a huge bowl using a wooden spoon.  How hard is that?  🙂  Makes 20 cups of Cocoa Mix.

To prepare:

Boil water in a kettle or on the stove (or microwave).  Stir in 4 TBLS Cocoa mix for every 8 oz (1 cup) hot water.  Serve!

This mix will keep for several months in the pantry.  Use a container with a lid and you’ll be set for long nights of Cocoa-y goodness.  Prepared and put into cute mason jars, this recipe works great as a gift for your kids teachers, family, friends or co-workers.

This recipe is very easy to adjust too.  If you like more chocolate flavor, add more powdered chocolate.  If you want it creamier, add more non-dairy creamer (I think Coffeemate tastes best for this recipe, the generic brands don’t have the depth of flavor.) If you like it sweeter, add more sugar.  You get the idea! Take it and make it your own – that’s what cooking is all about right?   I’ve used this to make Caffe Mocha’s by stirring the cocoa mix into hot coffee – delicious.  For an “adult” version, add the cocoa mix to your coffee and then add some Bailey’s.  It’s the perfect Irish Coffee.

Recipe yields about 20 cups of Cocoa Mix, but the number of servings you get out of it will depend on your taste and of course, how often you make Cocoa.   Enjoy!

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