Hot Chocolate for Cool Weather

Homemade hot chocolate mix will warm up your day

Hot Chocolate at Cacao Sampaka in Barcelona
Hot Chocolate at Cacao Sampaka in Barcelona (by Mick Vann)

It's finally a little chilly here and some folks thoughts turn to hot chocolate. If you're lazy like I am, or you have kids (shudder), then the realization that all you need for some great hot chocolate is this upgraded instant mix recipe and some boiling water should come as a very pleasant surprise.

It's not gonna be the kind of spoon-standing, ultra rich 80% cacao cup of melted chocolate lusciousness like you get at Cacao Sampaka in Barcelona, but it makes a decadently rich and fast cuppa hotchoc, and it is far superior to any packaged brand on the market. This mix makes a great care package gift for college students.

Mick’s Instant Hot Cocoa Mix:

Yield: about 13 cups, or ~ 40 servings

4 cups powdered sugar

2½ cups Dutch-process cocoa powder (Droste or similar)

5 cups powdered milk

1½ cups heavy cream powder (or powdered non-dairy creamer)

4 tablespoons arrowroot

2 teaspoon salt

Dash cayenne pepper

To assemble the mix:

Sift all ingredients together into a large mixing bowl and distribute evenly. Portion into resealable bags and shake to re-distribute before measuring-out (in case it has settled); keeps indefinitely in the pantry.

To make hot chocolate:

Fill a mug half full (about 1/3 of a cup) with the dry mixture and pour in boiling water. Stir to combine. Want it thicker and stronger? Stir in a little more. Top with mini marshmallows, or whipped cream, and shaved chocolate.

PS: it’s also good with some Kahlúa or Tia Maria, Bailey’s, Amaretto, Luxardo Espresso Liqueur, Frangelico or Nocello, or Godiva added to the cup!

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