Winter weekends were spent as a family on the top of a mountain riding snowmobiles. With snowmobiles in my family comes a thermos full of hot coca tucked in next to the engine of a snowmobile to stay warm. The thermos was a must because as a family we all looked forward to having a warm drink on the mountain. The heat from the thermos cup warming your fingers.
Now as I have a family of my own this is trend that I can’t wait to continue but wanted to pump up the flavor of the hot cocoa we would be drinking on the mountain. Don’t get me wrong that the pre-packaged stuff works in a pinch but I want something more. When I think of hot cocoa I think of there words and those three words are what I want to be drinking on top of the mountain.
These are the three words that come to mind when I am thinking of hot cocoa.
I want something that I just can’t seem to put down because of how creamy it feels on my tongue. I want a hot cocoa that is absolutely decadent and satisfies my chocolate sweet tooth.
I headed to the internet to find the perfect recipe but I just couldn’t seem to find the one that was it. The one that left me wanting more, so I made my own using the basis of what I had read on the internet. You can make your own hot cocoa with some pretty basic ingredients you more than likely have lying around your house and trust me it is WAY better than any pre-packaged mix you can buy (for a decent price). Plus you can customize your hot cocoa to be any flavor you want: hazelnut, french vanilla, mint, the sky is the limit here really.
The Cast Of Homemade Hot Chocolate
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
2 1/2 Cups Powdered Milk
1 3 oz box of Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (Jello brand is 3 oz and store brand is 3.4 both are fine)
1 15 oz container of powdered flavored creamer (optional)
Homemade Hot Chocolate Directions
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. If you own a food processor I recommend running all the ingredients through it to help mix and to make a finer powder mix, however this is not a must.
3. When you are ready to use mix 2-3 heaping teaspoons in 8 ounces of warmed milk (the best flavor) or water.
4. Garnish With Whip Cream.
5. Store the powdered mix in an airtight container until you are ready to use.
For Christmas gifts I made several huge batches of this and then packaged hot cocoa powder in goodie bags and partnered them with a coffee mug and chocolate dipped spoons. They made great gifts for the kids teachers, daycare provider, and mail lady to name a few.
Have you ever had homemade hot cocoa? What is your go to winter drink?
If you liked this recipe please check out my other beverage recipes.
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