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.
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
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: