This Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great for holiday gifting. Also, this Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe is great anytime you want a cup!
The beauty of making your own Hot Chocolate Mix is that you can customize it anyway you like! I have made Mexican Hot Chocolate, Orange hot chocolate, Peppermint hot chocolate, they are all delicious! Today, I’ll just take you through making traditional hot chocolate and you can experiment from there!
When my oldest son moved to California to go to school, I started making him tons on homemade gifts from my kitchen, because I knew how he missed his Mama’s cooking! He would come to visit for Christmas, and we would have the scale out to make sure his suitcase didn’t weigh over 50 pounds, with all of the homemade goodies! 🙂
One time when I loaded a Priority Mail Box up (you know the one that they advertise, “If it fits, It ships.”?) with so many jars of salsa and jam and peppers, that the woman in the Post Office scolded me. “You know this should cost you $45 to ship?”, she said. I replied, “Yes, but if it fits it ships.” In my most demur tone! 😂 😂 So, it cost me $12.99!
The History of Hot Chocolate
Wow! Did you know that Hot Chocolate can be dated back to around 500 BC? Hot cocoa is attributed to the ancient Mayans, in Mexico, according to this article. It then ventured over to Europe in the 1500’s! It has evolved to the drink we enjoy today, on a cold winters’ day, after sledding or skating! I find the origins of specific foods fascinating, don’t you?
Anyhooo, I digress. Making your own Hot chocolate mix couldn’t be easier!
Making this Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe
- Here are all of the ingredients. Cocoa, powdered sugar, Nonfat dry milk (eliminate if you would like it dairy free and use any of the dairy free milks when you mkae a cup), cornstarch (to keep it from caking with storage. You can eliminate this if making small batches). The chocolate and mini marshmallows are for garnishing.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.
- Mix thoroughly. (You can see that I had some large chunks. I think they were the nonfat dry milk, so I ran the mix through a sifter.
- Sift, if needed.
- Mix again. A whisk works great!
Pack hot chocolate mix into jars. Add hot water or milk and then garnish with shaved chocolate and mini marshmallows.
Hot Chocolate Mix is Customizable
The other nice thing about this Hot Chocolate Recipe, is that you can adapt it to be dairy free, or vegan by eliminating the dry milk powder. Just put on the instructions to add milk, or dairy free milk, to the mix, instead of water!
That is how easy, and fun it easy to make your own Hot Chocolate Mix! If you are gifting it, you can have all sorts of fun decorating the jars, or get crazy with your favorite flavor variation! How about a coffee flavored hot cocoa? That sounds tasty!
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Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup Dutch cocoa powder
- 2.5 cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- grated chocolate and mini marshmallows for garnish, if desired
- Mix all ingredients well in large bowl. Sift if larger chunk exist.
- To serve, add 1-2 tablespoons to mug. Add hot water or hot milk.
- Garnish, if desired with marshmallows and shaved chocolate.
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