Chocolate (recipe: Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix)
Chocolate. Saying the word is about all it takes to get attention from a lot of folks. My favorite way to enjoy chocolate is in a good cup of hot chocolate. It just flat out tastes good to me. And it’s not so rich that you feel guilty with every sip that you guzzle.
Even though we have few occasions in Central Florida to crave a hot beverage to be warmed, I still enjoy hot drinks during the winter. Sometimes the temperatures do dip pretty low. If you’re not ready with your hot beverage concoction, you’ll miss your opportunity. It might be cold today but it’s warming up tomorrow. A drink mix is the perfect answer to our variable weather patterns. Kept in the pantry, they can be ready at a moments notice to warm you. You only need to be able to boil some water. Of course, you need to be in possession of a mug. But, that’s all it takes: drink mix, boiling water and mug.
I like to put chopped chocolate in my hot chocolate mix instead of using only powdered cocoa. I think the chopped chocolate adds a freshness to the beverage that just isn’t there with powdered cocoa. Chop the pieces so they’re no bigger than chocolate chip morsels and they’ll easily melt from boiling water.
Hazelnut coffee creamer was an accidental addition. I always add plain coffee creamer to the mix for some richness and smoothness. I pickup up hazelnut flavored coffee creamer by mistake. Well, I’ll be John Brown if it didn’t work out better than plain coffee creamer. Think Nutella. That’s chocolate and hazelnut.
Coffee adds a flavor boost to chocolate. If you have a favorite coffee drink mix, substitute that for Cafe’ Francais.
A perfect gift is a canning jar filled with this drink mix. That just screams, ”Welcome home for the holidays.”
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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
yields: approximately 15 cups of mix
1 cup Maxwell House International Cafe Francais
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Nestle Toll House Cocoa)
5 cups powdered milk
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 ounces hazelnut flavored coffee creamer
8 squares Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Chop chocolate until all pieces are no larger than a chocolate chip morsel.
Put in a VERY LARGE bowl. I use the bowl that I mix my Thanksgiving dressing up in. We’re taking BIG. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. For one cup of hot chocolate, add roughly 1/4 cup mix to a large mug. Pour in boiling water. Stir well until chocolate melts. Top with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows.
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