Hot chocolate is a wintertime right of passage. It warms your soul when you come inside after a winter activity and it can brighten your spirits on a cold snowy day. The first chocolate beverage was believed to have been created by the Aztecs thousands of years ago. Until the 19th century, hot cocoa was even used medicinally to help treat stomach diseases and liver ailments. Hot chocolate has changed substantially from the original bitter drink. It comes in many varieties today with different levels of sweetness and thickness.
Making a cocoa mix at home can be fun and easy. Also, by making your own blend you avoid consuming extra trans fats, preservatives and genetically modified foods. My favorite one cup hot cocoa mix involves: 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 Tablespoon sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup milk. Microwave the milk for 1 minute then whisk the ingredients together. I love a frothy beverage so I blend the ingredients together in my mini blender.
If you desire a dry ingredient mix that you can keep on hand to use whenever the snow flies, here is a recipe that can make up to 16 servings and can keep for several months in an airtight container.
3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup Clearly Organic Sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Then transfer to an airtight container. Use about 2 Tablespoons per 1 cup hot water depending on your desired level of sweetness for your cocoa.
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