Hot Chocolate Mix
By Sharon Ng
An easy gift for friends and family is hot chocolate mix. Not only is it easy, but it is very cost savvy, and I prefer the homemade blends to store bought. I like a stronger cocoa, and prefer to cut additives when possible. On top of being cost savvy, hot cocoa mix can be customized to your recipient when given as a gift.
There are a couple ways to prepare cocoa mix. You can layer the ingredients in a jar, creating a beautiful gift, or you can mix them first, which makes using it much easier for the recipient. There is also the possibility of doing both, which is my preferred method. Meaning, I mix the powdery ingredients, and my add-ins sit on top of the powder. We will get to add-ins soon. Top it all off with a cute label, or tag, or even just a simple bow. You can get super fancy and add special stirrers, candy canes, or a mug. The wrapping options are endless.
Here is a general hot cocoa recipe.
Hot Cocoa Mix
3 cups dry milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups baking cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups dark, white or milk chocolate chips depending on desired flavor (this is typically one bag)
Recipe formatted with the Cook'n Recipe Software from DVO Enterprises.
One mug of cocoa will take about 1/4 cup of powdered mix.
You can mix this up by changing your chips. During the Christmas season there are many other types of chips out. I have seen raspberry, mint and even cinnamon chips, and I think all of those would be delicious!
Another way to customize your mix is by adding marshmallows, crushed peppermints/candy canes, candy cane stirrers, or other add-ins.
The storing and wrapping options are just as endless, here are a few ideas for you!
Whichever way you choose to prepare and gift this hot cocoa mix, its sure to warm the heart (and tummy). Wishing you and yours a warm holiday season, Shar.