Tuesday, February 16

Hot Chocolate Mix

Guys, it is cold out there. I can't think of anything better than snuggling up with a warm drink, so today I'm bringing back our favorite homemade hot chocolate mix recipe!

There are a lot of hot chocolate recipes out there, but here's the thing: my husband says this one is the best. And he knows hot chocolate. You know how people like to start the morning with a hot cup of coffee? He starts every morning with hot chocolate. And this isn't a new thing; he's a life-long hot chocolate man. My in-laws like to tell about the Alaskan cruise they took when my husband was 10, and guys, he drank all the hot chocolate on the boat. So when he says this one is his favorite, you can go ahead and stop looking. You have arrived.

Several years ago I started making our own mix to save a little money and to avoid some of the junk ingredients that come with a standard store-bought mix. When I'm making hot chocolate for the kids at home it's super easy - I just mix cocoa powder and sugar or maple syrup into warm milk - but my husband needed something a little more travel-friendly that can be made with water when he's not at home. I had to try a few different recipes, but I finally landed on one that got two thumbs up.

This recipe makes enough to fill a 1/2 gallon jar (or several smaller gift-size jars). I've actually started doubling the recipe and using a gallon jar... which is empty in this photo because he drank it all again.

 Hot Chocolate Mix:

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
  • 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine all the ingredients. I just dump everything straight into a 1/2 gallon jar, then shake it up to mix. That's it!

To use the mix, just fill a mug about 1/3 full of hot chocolate mix, then fill it the rest of the way with hot water or milk (definitely use milk if you can for extra creaminess!)  

If you prefer printed recipes (like I do!) I made printable recipe cards you can download here. I love keeping my recipes in a recipe card binder (like this one; refill pages here). You can also tape the recipe onto the jar you store your mix in so it's right there when you need a refill.

I also have printable gift tags you can download here - they're great for Christmas, but they're even better as a "how are you doing?" gift to your friends and neighbors during this cold and crazy time.

That's all I've got, peeps. Enjoy and stay warm!



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