Hot Cocoa Mix

December 21, 2010

We are now at the point in the holidays where people are scrambling for last minute stocking stuffers. Luckily, I’ve got one that is tasty, requires 3 ingredients, and takes about 5 minutes to throw together.

Preferably, you will use chopped chocolate instead of chocolate chips. Chocolate chips contain compounds that help them hold their shape in heat. Good quality chocolate chips, like Ghiradelli, for instance, contain less of these compounds, and will melt easier. But if all you’ve got is chocolate chips, and you stir your prepared cocoa well, it will be just fine.

A note: I apologize for the crappiness of my pictures over the last month. My digital camera has broken so I can’t see the image as it will appear after the picture has taken. Not on the screen, not through the eye hole. I have basically been taking tons of pictures blindly and some will turn out. I am in the process of trying to repair it. Please bear with me.

HOT COCOA MIX (adapted in the most minor of ways from Real Simple)

Yields 2 cups hot cocoa mix

If you’d like to make peppermint hot cocoa mix, just add 1/4 cup crushed peppermint

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup refined sugar

4 oz good quality semisweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips

Recipe

  1. In a bowl, combine the cocoa, sugar, and chocolate. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 months.
  3. Include these instructions with your gift: “In a small saucepan, whisk ¼ cup cocoa mix with ¾ cup milk. Bring to a bare simmer. Serves 1.”
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