The weather outside is frightful. Well, ok it’s not quite frightful but it is cold, wet, and gray here in Seattle. I just have Christmas songs in my head this morning. :) So what’s a better way to fight the chill than a steaming mug of hot chocolate? Add a crackling fire and good book and not much beats that… in my world at least. We go through a lot of hot chocolate at my house during the winter so a good hot chocolate mix is a must. When I saw this recipe on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe I was intrigued by the ground white chocolate in the ingredient list… sounded wonderful! I can report that we now are completely converted to homemade hot chocolate. The taste is far superior to anything I’ve bought at the store and it’s a cinch to whip up the mix. I can’t wait to share this sweet treat with you all. It would be perfect as a neighborhood gift or teacher gift too. Enjoy!
- 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1½ cups cocoa powder, dutch-process or natural
- 1½ cups white chocolate chips or finely chopped white chocolate
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two (or more) batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor or heavy duty blender (the BlendTec can handle all the ingredients at once) until the chocolate is finely ground. Store the dry mix in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
- To make hot cocoa, put ⅓ cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk or water. (Personally I like water, milk makes it extremely creamy but I've never been a fan of the taste of hot chocolate made with milk... maybe I'm weird!) Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream or, if you're into those small fluffy bits of sugar, try miniature marshmallows!
recipe source: Mel’s Kitchen Café originally from Cook’s Country