Thursday, December 18, 2014

Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate Mix

My favorite Rooster Mug makes yet another appearance
Busy busy like everyone else and today is really cold, so I think some hot chocolate is definitely what we need here! I made this mix a lot when my kids were small- not even sure where the recipe originated- and haven't found one online quite this simple. But this is all you need to make a ton of hot chocolate mix.

Instant Hot Chocolate Mix
64+ servings

Instant Milk Powder (8qt box)
Large nondairy creamer (16oz)*
Chocolate milk powder (16oz)
10X sugar (16 - 32oz)

Mix all that together in a REALLY big bowl and store dry, airtight.

I use two bowls- mix in one, pour back and forth a few times, mix some more, mix the halves, pour, mix, pour, mix until I can tell the milk powder is well distributed and everything is the same pale shade of chocolate. THEN I put the bulk of the mix in Ziplocs inside of Tupperware, then refill a small jar for ready use. 

Add 1/8 - 1/4 cup to your mug and stir in your hot water. You will want more for a bigger mug, obviously. You and your favorite mug will soon find the perfect ratio.

Don't forget to leave room for the marshmallows!

You may prefer less sugar. If you are making this for the first time, err on the side of less sweet. You can always add sugar but you can't take it away. I used about 3/4 of that bag and only because the chocolate milk mix was low sugar and I planned to add marshmallows. Your sweet tolerance and my sweet tolerance may be completely different.

21cents per serving!
*You can substitute a flavored powdered creamer if like! Vanilla and Hazelnut are both good! I once mixed chocolate into the chocolate and it really didn't make much difference, but it felt indulgent and that's what hot chocolate is all about! You can mix up the other three ingredients then half that before mixing in 8oz each of flavored powdered creamer- that way you can have 2 flavors!

Great add-ins:

  • Marshmallows! - A given! Let your water come to a boil if you want them melted properly! You have to wait longer to drink it, but it's worth it when they turn into a bumpy foamy mass!
  • Whipped Cream - Not our traditional topping but I understand it's fantastic!
  • Peppermint! - Some candy canes or starlight mints crushed or ran through the food processor. If everybody like them, you can stir them into the mix. Otherwise just keep some handy to scoop in as desired. You could just add a candy cane to stir with!
  • Red Hots - Little hot cinnamon candies- 6 or 8 dropped into the mug gives it a bit of a zing!
  • Spices - skip the candy and just stir in 2-3 teaspoons of spices into the mix itself. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice are all flavors a lot of people like.
  • Extracts - Using a dropper, you can add a hint of vanilla, peppermint, almond or jalapeno to your mug You can even mix extracts directly into the mix, but you need to have a HUGE bowl to be sure it is mixed in well and can spread out enough to dry a bit before storing. Otherwise it may clump.
  • Coffee - Add the mix to your coffee instead of to water for an extra sugar and caffeine high
  • Instant coffee - Mix in an entire large jar of instant coffee crystals and and pinch of cinnamon and you have Homemade Instant Mocha Mix!
  • Booze - Rum, vodka, gin, brandy replace some (probably not all, but you know whatever) of your water. I don't think I need to explain the benefits of this.

Nutritional facts: 
This stuff is very very bad for you. Just as bad as the store-bought kind, It contains all the calories in the world. It can cause a toddler to fly. Proceed with caution. It is definitely something to save for a cold, rainy/snowy day, weekend in, visiting friends you want to impress and possibly fatten up, or your boss was an extra big jerk today kind of day.

Cost:
It's a big initial investment - about $15 for 64+ servings - but it comes out to about 21cents per (large) mug as opposed to about 31.5cents per mug of the stuff that comes in envelopes. It will store for several months in the way I described- and you could even freeze it for next year in several layers of protection.

GIFTS!
I have also given this away as presents- fill a jar, add a baggy of cute shaped marshmallows and tie on a ribbon. Or tie on a candy cane. Great one-shop gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, or your cousin's latest girlfriend that you can't remember her name.

I hope you will give it a try! If you come up with a great combo, be sure to share it with us in the comments!

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