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a little time off

Recipe: homemade hot cocoa mix

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving was able to enjoy their holiday! Me? I remained mostly offline for the past several days and loved every minute of it. Instead of expending my energies on cooking Thanksgiving dinner, I kept the food prep simple and opted to ski. Crested Butte happily received nearly 2 feet of snow before opening day on the mountain. It goes without saying that first tracks were accompanied by the sound of hoots and hollers echoing down the slopes of untracked powder. When the powder was no more, we went skate skiing, did a little mouse proofing of the house, squealed at baby puppy malamutes (that was me doing the squealing), and worked on stuff that always gets neglected back home.



amazing snow for november

trees plastered from snowmaking guns

It seems that once Thanksgiving has passed, the calender shifts into high gear. Suddenly everything I never wanted goes on sale in my in-box. Oh, but it IS nice to nab a deal on those climbing skins I’ve been eying for over a year. For the most part, we ignore the frenzied consumerism because we don’t do gifts over the holidays. What I mean is that we only give homemade or local gifts to people like Jeremy’s staff, my oncologist, our vet, the post office. I try to mix it up from year to year with a variety of baked goods, confections, and something like a barbecue spice rub, homemade jam, or a flavored cheese powder for popcorn. This year, I’m including jars of homemade hot cocoa mix.

bittersweet chocolate chips, sugar, powdered milk, salt, dutch-process cocoa powder

chop the chocolate

mix everything together

scoop into air-tight jars

I do recommend using a good quality bittersweet chocolate, something with at least 60% cacao. And use Dutch-process cocoa as it tends to be smoother than natural cocoa. Chopping the chocolate is your rate-limiting step. Everything else is a matter of measuring and mixing together. The original recipe made enough hot cocoa mix for 6 servings or 1 3/4 cups of mix. I made two quadruple batches to fill 8 12-ounce jars and then some.

hot milk, hot cocoa mix, whipped cream, marshmallows

add the hot milk to the mix

top with whipped cream, marshmallow, and grated chocolate

To serve, you merely use 3 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix for 1 cup of hot milk or hot water. I tasted both and the hot (whole) milk version is definitely a richer flavor than the hot water version. If you want an adult hot chocolate, spike it with something boozy. Top the whole thing off with whipped cream, marshmallows, and a dusting of grated chocolate or ground cinnamon. It is particularly well-suited for cold nights wrapped in warm blankets.

a little liquid dessert

treat yourself or someone else

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
[print recipe]
from The Kitchn

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 60%), finely chopped
2 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (12 tbsps) powdered milk
1/2 tsp sea salt

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Spoon into an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 months. Makes 7 cups of mix or 24 servings. If you’re making this for yourself, you can quarter the recipe (divide by 4) to yield 1 3/4 cups mix or 6 servings. To serve, warm 1 cup of milk in a saucepan. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the cocoa mix and stir until the chocolate is melted. Top with whipped cream and/or marshmallows.

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14 nibbles at “a little time off”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Homemade cocoa has got to be one of the most comforting things ever. Just love this!

  2. Kristin says:

    Mmmm. We are big hot cocoa and hot sipping chocolate fans, so this seems like a nice combo. And the powdered milk, hot milk combo gets more Calcium into my milk-avoider. I look forward to trying it!

  3. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    I love making homemade hot chocolate mix. It’s SO much better than the store-bought stuff!

  4. farmerpam says:

    Oh my, drooling over the snow shots. I’m cutting waaay back on baking this year, I’m liking the hot chocolate mix idea, may use that for gifting instead. Ski on sista! ;)

  5. April was in CT now CA says:

    This and some cookies (yet to be determined, so many choices!) will be my neighbor and co-worker gifts this year. Thank you!!!

  6. jill says:

    We are having a “cookie exchange” at a P.E.O. meeting. Since I don’t bake, I am doing trail mix. An inspiration from one of your recipes. “Your” oncologist has a little something for you this year…do let me know when you will be this direction, so I am sure to send it with him. Too early and it will likely get lost in his office!!!!

    That snow is amazing!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Cindi says:

    Oh yum!!! (and squee on the baby malamutes!)

  8. Cindy says:

    OK, I’ve just gotta ask. Why do you need both powered milk and milk milk? Totally jealous of your snow! Squaw had just one puny lift open yesterday, and by lunch rocks were popping out all over the place off piste. Wah.

  9. jenyu says:

    Katrina – I think these will make perfect gifts. Comfort in a jar :)

    Kristin – yeah, you can’t even tell there’s milk in there with all of the chocolatey goodness.

    Eva – absolutely!

    farmerpam – thanks, babe!

    April – hurray for homemade gifts :)

    jill – we’ll meet face to face for our hand offs and avoiding poor little cookies wasting away in the oncology office ;)

    Cindi – right?!

    Cindy – I think because some folks add hot water instead of hot milk – in which case, the powdered milk keeps the whole thing from tasting like chocolate water. That snow was a couple of weeks ago. Hoping you guys get hammered with snow from this current storm!

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  11. Drew says:

    Love your nails! :p

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  13. Sheila Salisbury says:

    My friends Mother used to make us hot chocolate (years ago) and she used butter and I have never tasted hot chocolate that good since. Is there anywhere I can find a recipe for hot chocolate which includes using butter??

  14. jenyu says:

    Sheila – Believe it or not, I don’t really drink hot chocolate because I have trouble with dairy. You can probably google a recipe for hot chocolate that uses butter and find several versions! :)

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