Sunday, December 7, 2014

{Homemade} Hot Chocolate Mix

We lived in Iowa for five years and, as expected, the winters were long and cold.  Hot chocolate became an essential part of our winter diet.  When a good friend of mine gave me this fabulous recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix, I knew it would become a staple and we've made it every year since then.  My kids know that fall is in the air when we make our hot chocolate mix.  It makes so much that one batch of it usually lasts all winter long.  It's a fun gift to give to neighbors and teachers too.  You'll notice that most of the ingredients below don't include an exact amount.  It's a very flexible recipe so play around with it.  And, if you're like me and scared of powdered milk, don't worry.  All of the other flavors mask it well and there's not even a hint of powdered milk in the finished product.  So, pull on a sweater, put a log on the fire and pour yourself up a big cup of hot chocolate!

50 oz powdered milk
1 bag powdered sugar
2 containers of Nesquik chocolate powder drink mix
2 containers of non-dairy coffee creamer (hazelnut is our favorite but you can use any flavor)

You need to combine and mix all of these ingredients together.  There is so much and all the powder is so messy.  My friend recommended a nonconventional way to mix it that works great and has become part of the fun in making it.  Get a large clean garbage bag and dump everything into it then twist it closed and shake it all up.  The kids love helping me with the dumping and shaking!  Store the hot chocolate mix in plastic containers sealed tight with a lid or in gallon sized Ziploc bags.  To make the hot chocolate, add about 1/4 cup of the mix to a regular sized mug of hot water or milk.  Adjust to taste.  Drink as is or add in any mix in's that you'd like.  Some of our favorites are whipped cream, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, Andes Mints bits, drizzle of chocolate syrup or caramel sauce.  The possibilities are endless.  If you're going to drink some calories, drink some calories!

*Source: Kerri Trost

1 comment:

Jamie Young said...

This stuff really is so so good! When I was in RS we packaged it up and passed it out as thank you gifts, it was a huge hit and I had several people ask for the recipe. Another recipe I wish I could find the ingredients for here....

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