A ready to use hot chocolate mix is a must in our household after a winter afternoon of tobogganing. OK, confession time… it is simply a MUST.
Keeping a hot chocolate mix ready to go in the pantry is quick and easy. The best part – it can be customised to your preferred tastes.
Below is a basic recipe that will get you through – just add hot water. Then several suggestions to customize what’s in your cup of cocoa.
Basic Hot Chocolate Mix
What You Need:
- A Large Mixing Bowl
- Flour Sifter or fine mesh Sieve
- Large Spoon
- Airtight container for storage, large enough to hold your mix
- 2 Cups Powdered Milk
- 3/4 Cup White Sugar
- ½ Cup Cocoa Powder (either type will work)
- Pinch of Salt
Putting it All Together:
Add all the ingredients into the mixing bowl.
Whisk until the ingredients are equally mixed. You will notice the colour turn lighter.
Add by large spoonfuls into the sifter or sieve and process to break down the cocoa powder lumps.
Store in an airtight container, in a cool dry place for up to one month.
To Make a Cup of Cocoa
Mix 1/4 Cup mix with 1 Cup of hot water or hot milk.
Stir until completely dissolved.
To make a richer cocoa – add 1/4 cup Icing Sugar to the Basic Mix.
To make a creamier cocoa – add 1/4 cup of Powdered Coffee Whitener to the mix.
For a creamy flavoured cocoa – add 1/4 cup of flavoured Powdered Coffee Whitener, like Hazelnut or French Vanilla to the Basic Mix.
To make Peppermint Hot Chocolate:
Crush 8 – 10 candy canes in a zippered bag with a rolling pin. Put the crushed pieces into a clean spice mill or coffee bean grinder. Grind by pulsing until it is a fine powder.
*** Be Aware *** the pulsing is important to keep the sugar cool and prevent it from melting and spinning in a similar manner as cotton candy.
Replace 1/4 cup of the White Sugar with 1/4 cup of the Candy Cane Powder.
To make Diablo Style cocoa – add 1 TBSP Cinnamon and 1 TSP Cayenne Pepper to the Basic Mix. If you can take the heat, add a little more Cayenne.
Try a super yummy Chocolate Orange Style cocoa – add 2 TBSP dried Orange Zest to the Basic Mix. Let it sit in the storage container for at least two hours before using it to allow the orange flavour to distribute. Give it the occasional shake or stir.
Tea can also be used to flavour hot chocolate – Add the contents of 2 flavoured tea bags, such as Chai, Earl Grey, or one of the specialty flavours they market at Christmas time, to a clean spice mill or coffee bean grinder.
Whiz until it becomes a fine powder and add it to your Basic Mix.
Don’t Forget to Top It Off
A cup of hot chocolate is a treat by it’s self, but it is an experience when it is completed with your favourite topping:
- Whip Cream
- Chocolate or Caramel syrup
- Powdered Sugar
- Powered Cocoa
- Small tap of All Spice
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Stick of Cinnamon
- Candy Cane
- Chocolate Dipped Spoon
Start with the Basic Mix and experiment to find your favourite Hot Chocolate flavour combination.
It’s quick and easy to put to together, easy to store and can easily be on hand when your family comes in from a fun afternoon of winter activities.
Or… just because.
What is your favourite combination? Do you prefer it basic? Let us know in the comments below.
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