Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Recently we had several cold fronts and storm systems that caused the temperatures in our area to drop well below freezing. A couple of systems dumped a lot of snow too, which in our region means everything pretty much comes to a stand still. All that snow, ice and cold weather had me craving something hot and hot chocolate was the first thing that came to mind :)

Luckily since I had been planning to make hot chocolate mix for a while now, I had stocked up on all the ingredients for it. Otherwise with impassable roads I would not have been able to make a run to the grocery store to pick up the things I needed to put this mix together. This is one of the easiest mixes ever and it tasted way better than the store bought versions I have had in the past. It's a perfect treat and a great way to warm up on a cold wintery day :)

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Ingredients and Method to make Hot Chocolate Mix (Adapted from this recipe)
1 and 1/2 cups of dry non fat milk (Milk powder)
1 cup sugar (see notes)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup french vanilla non diary creamer
1/8 tsp salt

Gather all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Process in batches in a blender/mixer to a smooth powder.

Store in a dry air tight container and use as required.

To make 1 cup of hot chocolate mix 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup milk in a microwave safe cup, or in a small pan on the stove top. In another cup add 4 Tbsp of hot chocolate mix, pour hot water+milk on it and mix well until it dissolves. Enjoy.

For a richer taste, make it entirely in milk.  Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if you like.

Yielded approx 4 to 4 1/4 cups of hot chocolate mix
Approx 16-17 servings

This hot chocolate is not cloyingly sweet like some of the store bought ones, it has a rich taste with a milder sweetness, if you like more pronounced sweetness in your beverage increase the quantity of sugar in this recipe to 1 and 1/2 cups or to taste.

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