Real Hot Cocoa Mix, in honor of first snowfall
Cold weather calls for Hot Cocoa; the first snowfall, even more!
Whether it’s warming up after a cold day outside, decorating the Christmas tree, or just a cozy moment with a book, Real Hot Cocoa made from your own homemade mix can’t be beat. You’ll know just what’s in it; no unpronounceable additives or high fructose corn syrup. And, depending on your budget, you can make it with organic ingredients, or not. It will taste great either way.
When you taste “real” hot cocoa made from this mix you’ll wonder why you ever bought commercially-prepared packets.If you’re not buying organic sugar, do yourself a favor and at least shop for cane sugar. If the sugar bag just says “sugar” or “granulated sugar,” it’s made from genetically modified sugar beets, NOT sugar cane. Sugar cane is a plant, never genetically modified. C&H Pure Cane Sugar is one well-known brand of cane sugar. It’s not organic, but it’s a step up from sugar beets.
As for unsweetened cocoa powder, there are many brands on the store shelves; get the one that suits your taste and budget.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (the kind used for baking)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Whisk sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle vanilla over mixture and whisk well.
Transfer mixture to a clean, dry pint jar with a lid. Label and store up to one year.
Makes 1 3/4 cup mix; 12 servings
Stove-Top Cocoa 2 servings 4 servings
Water: 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Real Hot Cocoa Mix: 5 Tbs 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs
Milk: 1 3/4 cups 3 1/2 cups
Whisk water and Real Hot Cocoa Mix together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in milk, whisking occasionally until hot and frothy. Watch carefully to prevent boil-overs. (Trust me, it’s not fun to clean up a mess when all you want to do is drink your hot cocoa!)
To make 1 mug of cocoa:
Place 2 1/2 Tbs Real Hot Cocoa Mix in a standard 12-16 ounce microwavable coffee mug. Add 1 cup milk and a few drops mint extractive you want minty cocoa; stir.
Microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes or until hot. Do not allow it to boil. You’ll have to experiment with timing on your microwave to find out how long it takes. Some coffee mugs really heat up in the microwave, so be careful when you remove it after cooking.