Jen’s DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

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Hi guys!  I know it’s only August, but fall is right around the corner, and I wanted to share with you this easy-peasy hot cocoa mix recipe.  After it’s made, you just add boiling water to a few tablespoons of the mix, and stir it up!  I love this for when I don’t have any milk in the house and it’s chilly out (it’s currently Rainy Season in Costa Rica, and we’ve had our handful of cold days already).  Warms me right up.

You start by processing or whisking together the powdered sugar, cocoa, salt, cornstarch, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg:
wiskThen add the dry milk powder and finely grated chocolate.

Grating chocolate

Grating chocolate

Whisk all together until combined,  and that’s it!  Store in an air tight container:
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To make a cup of hot cocoa:  add 1 cup boiling water to 3-4 tablespoons mix, and voilá!
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JEN’S DIY HOT COCOA MIX
Makes:  about 2 1/2 cups (20 ounces)

Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups dry milk powder
3-4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely grated with chocolate grater

Directions:
Add sugar and cocoa to food processor. Pulse until well-mixed (if you don’t have a processor, combine ingredients in large bowl and whisk until well mixed, break down any lumps). Add salt, cornstarch, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg and pulse until mixed. Add powdered milk; process for 20-30 seconds until well mixed (my processor is small, so I did this in batches; alternatively you can just whisk in a large bowl). Transfer mix to bowl and stir in grated chocolate, whisk to combine thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

TO MAKE A CUP OF HOT COCOA: Add 1 cup of boiling water to 3-4 tablespoons of mix (depending on your tastes) in a mug, stir, and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings – or just drink plain!

TIP:  Experiment!  Put in more cinnamon if you like, or more chocolate, etc.  At christmas time it’s great to melt some peppermint candy cane in with it (or use it as a stir stick).

Here’s my sweet ending:

IMG_8670Cheers! — Jen

Jen

I quit my job in my early 40’s, sold everything and retired early to live a simple life in Costa Rica!

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6 Responses to Jen’s DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

  1. Lol….You’re killing me here Jen, it’s 107 in the shade!!! Contract on the house, inspection on Wed. (fingers crossed) and hope to be moving there first week of October. Me, Jewell (cat) and 3 suitcases. Talk about an adventure.
    Teri from Texas

    • Lol… sorry, but it is our “winter” here with the rainy season, and we have definitely had some down right COLD days! 🙂 Wow – congrats on the contract – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!! Go Teri with 3 suitcases! 🙂

  2. OMG!! Do you really have a special chocolate grater? This looks so wonderful. I love your detailed instructions and photos, and encouragement to try variations. Muchas gracias, mi amiga!

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