Thursday, January 27, 2011

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot chocolate...is there really any reason to convince someone it's good to know how to make your own?  I found this recipe via Alton Brown, and it makes a lot, so I was able to package this up in several fun ways to add to gifts for friends. 
I was also able to reserve enough for me and the piles of Whipped Cream, and crushed Andes mints my hot chocolate requires. 
Ingredients: 
2 c. powdered sugar, 1 c. cocoa, 2 1/2 c. powdered milk, 1 t. salt, 2 t. cornstarch (it also called for a pinch of cayenne pepper, but I was too scared, and skipped this step). 
Mix it up with a wisk, and store in an airtight container.  When you are ready to drink, make a c. with 1/2 mix and 1/2 warm water or milk. 

21 comments:

Babbs said...

There is Nothing better than homemade hot chocolate!! Perfect for our chilly days and evenings!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe...I haven't actually made any in years!!! I should do this...I have hot chocolate loving princess in my house.

Kate said...

Brilliant! I shall be making this for my friend as the shop bought stuff makes her unwell.

Robyn said...

Hi! I found your cute hot chocolate/marshmallow snowman idea on Pinterest. Don't be afraid about the dash of cayenne. You will never taste it and it helps open up your tastebuds so that you will taste the hot chocolate better. My dad is a food scientist and added it to A LOT of food growing up (like, almost everything I remember!), you really won't taste it, as long as you keep it to just a dash. :-)

Carole said...

Good to know, I have always skipped the cayenne as well because I was afraid. I will try it next time! Thanks

Carole said...

Good to know, I have always skipped the cayenne as well because I was afraid. I will try it next time! Thanks

alma said...

if you add a cinnamon stick and cloves about 2 to 1 liter of milk or water will give you a good taste .... also if you add evaporated milk hopefully you like

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Tracy Lee said...

How long does the mix stay good?

Christy said...

It should be good AT LEAST six months. I'd look at the box of your dry milk and other ingred. Basically-when they all expire is when your mix would expire since there is nothing fresh inside! I've kept mine for a year plus and it's perfectly fine!

MrsSmith said...

When making this then, it's a 1-1 ratio? Like 1/2c. mix + 1/2c. water?

Christy said...

Yes, it's 1/1, but if you like your chocolate a little less sweet, you can always cut back a little. :O) Or add more if you REALLY like chocolate!

Kstringer said...

Is is 1 tsp or tbs for the salt and 2 tsp or tbs for the cornstarch? Thanks!

Liz Halle said...

Where can you buy powdered milk??

xox Elizabeth

Christy said...

Any grocery store should sell it. It might be aroudn the hot chocolate packets/coffee (near creamers) OR you might find it on the baking aisle. It comes in a box-about the size of pancake mix. :O)

ECollins said...

Typically a lowercase t means tsp. and uppercase T means tbs.

Christy said...

t.=teaspoon :)

bonnie pauly said...

Use Stevia in place of sugar for a sugar-free drink. Stevia is great for this type of thing & it's way better if you're trying to watch your waist line. ;0)

It's generally 3X sweeter than sugar so you don't need much. Start with 1/4 cup of the white powder stevia and adjust it from there.

bonnie pauly said...

Use Stevia in place of sugar for a sugar-free drink. Stevia is great for this type of thing & it's way better if you're trying to watch your waist line. ;0)

It's generally 3X sweeter than sugar so you don't need much. Start with 1/4 cup of the white powder stevia and adjust it from there.

Caellidwen said...

Just made it with additional ingredients - 2 tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp of chili powder and fresh ground nutmeg....its to die for...so thank you

Christy said...

Thanks so much for the tip! Can't wait to try it out! So glad it worked out well :)

Katherine C said...

A tiny bit of cayenne pepper acts like natural MSG. Just a little bit of it wakes up taste buds and enhances other flavors.