Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix December 9, 2010

I love hot chocolate.  I really do.  I drink it all year-long, but during the colder months, one of my favorite things is a cup of hot cocoa with a candy cane in it.  And I make my own mix.  I make it for myself, as gifts and just to share with friends.  There are a lot of different recipes (simply search and you’ll find them), but the one I tend to like best is from a little gift book my mother-in-law got me several years ago for Christmas.  Here is the recipe found in The Twelve Blessings of Christmas by T.J. Mills.

  • 10 c. non-fat dry milk powder
  • 3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 lb bag of powdered sugar
  • 4 c. non-dairy creamer

Just combine all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.  To make your hot chocolate, just mix 1/3 cup of the mix with boiling water. 

I also like to make what my friends call a “redneck mocha.”  Instead of using hot water to mix the cocoa, just use brewed coffee instead.  If you want to make a mocha mix (using hot water), simply add 3 c instant coffee to the dry mix.  For an extra Christmas touch, add a candy cane as your stir stick to either “concoction.”  Be forewarned, the cups usually need an extra rinsing before the dishwasher.

Now it’s time for you to mix up a batch and let me know how you like it!  Enjoy!!

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