Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Gift Series: Hot Cocoa Mix

This year I have pared down my Christmas baking but wanted to make something I could prepare without eating it all myself first. I also had a large opened box of powdered milk that I needed to use quickly, so I decided to whip out my mother's fabulous hot cocoa mix recipe. What better way to use that powdered milk you have stored up and give a Christmas gift at the same time?!!

Ingredients: instant nonfat dry milk, non-dairy coffee creamer, powdered sugar, instant chocolate drink mix (Quik or other brand).

For those who have never purchased it before--like me--coffee creamer comes in many different varieties. I'd be interested in hearing how the mint flavor would turn out in the hot cocoa mix . . . Mmm.

Take one 25.6 oz box of powdered milk (which, after considerable mental effort, I determined translates into approximately 10 2/3 cups) and pour into a large bowl. Add 1 3/4 cups coffee creamer, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 2 1/2 c. chocolate drink mix. Combine well.

Add 1/3 cup of mix to 8 oz. hot water. The result is rich, milky, and scrumptious hot cocoa.

If you can part with the mix and give it away, be sure to include preparation instructions. Merry Christmas!

Hot Cocoa Mix

1 (25.6 oz) box instant nonfat dry milk
1 3/4 c. non-dairy coffee creamer
2 c. powdered sugar
2 1/2 c. instant chocolate drink mix

Combine all ingredients. Store in airtight container. 1/3 c. mix to 1 c. hot water per serving.

Brittany is a stay-at-home mom and wife to her best friend. She is an avid reader and lover of music. She enjoys cooking tasty and uncomplicated dishes (often with food storage items!) and is pleased to announce she has finally stored a two-week supply of water. The fact that she has yet to have a positive experience cooking dry beans, well, that's why she reads this blog.


Candace said...

Try pressure canning the beans. I have never had luck with dry beans either. I can all mine so I won't need the extra water later to cook them. They are soft and ready to go when I want them.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

THANK YOU - last night on the couch, I added "Find that Hot Chocolate mix recipe" to my mental list...

Its great to see it here this morning when I check my RSS Feeds and my daily reads!

Thanks again - Pearls

April said...

An electric pressure cooker was my saving point for beans, grains and rices. I had to have an electric one since they seem to be safer. Oh and it is nice that mine is a slow cooker, steamer and pressure cooker all in one. =) Good luck.

Anonymous said...

On the cocoa mix - I make a slightly different kind with sugar/powdered milk/cocoa and I have found that if you add about a half cup of hazelnut creamer powder to the mix it will give it a similar flavor to Nutella - don't overdo it, it just needs a hint. People always like hot cocoa mix, you can wrap a ribbon and a candy cane or two to use as stirrers.