Guys! Guys! Guys! I have to tell you about this recipe I just found! It’s amazing. It’s a recipe for instant hot chocolate that’s way better than store-bought.
Hot Chocolate. The sound of it invokes images of cold, blustery snow days, intimate Winter nights in front of the fire and just down right coziness. When my step-daughter visits during the summer, I pour myself a cup of coffee, pour her a cup of hot chocolate and we start the day out on the front porch together. I treasure our early morning conversations together over our cups of “coffee”.
A lot of the recipes I originally found for homemade hot chocolate mix called for confectioners sugar. I do not use these personally because I don’t keep confectioners sugar around. The few times I bought confectioners sugar for baking, I bought a bag of it, used a couple Tablespoons and then threw the rest out a few months (or years, to be honest) later because I never used it again and it got hard as a rock. I don’t like using ingredients that are going to go to waste later.
And this recipe doesn’t need it! I honestly think they use confectioners sugar in addition to regular to give it a creamy texture, but the milk and cocoa do that well enough.
This homemade version is quick and easy to whip together and then stored in a mason jar in my pantry for future use. The recipe below will fill up a quart mason jar and half of another quart. Whip up a batch and let me know how you like it!
- 3 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 1/4 cups cocoa (or just about an entire 8oz thing of Hersey’s cocoa)
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tsp cayenne (optional)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- milk to serve
- Mix all ingredients together. Add spices if desired.
- Pour 1 cup milk into a microwave-safe mug and microwave for one minute
- Add 2 Tbsp hot chocolate mix and stir to combine
- Combine 1 cup milk to 2 Tbsp hot chocolate mix and warm on the stovetop until just warm. Be careful not to boil.
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