This is a basic hot chocolate mix. I always make the first batch of the season as soon as the temperature drops so we are ready for the cold weather. Hot chocolate is also Christmas Eve tradition at our house. An early supper – a lighter meal than dinner – is always planned. Afterwards there is a Christmas Eve play or service to attend. Then back home, still in our finery, we light the tree and some candles in the living room. Bytes and his brother used to beg to open “just one present tonight” and then got to choose which one. They don’t do that anymore. (Although secretly, I think, they still want to!) Mostly we just relax and talk with Christmas music in the background. With hot chocolate in the Christmas mugs, of course. It’s a ritual all ages can appreciate!
If the hot chocolate drinkers in your house are adventurous, make this hot chocolate mix with different flavors of creamer. Try cinnamon or hazelnut, or whatever your current favorite may be. If your store doesn’t have the small containers of creamer, use about 1 ¾ cups. Use only powdered (confectioner’s) sugar because it mixes more quickly and smoothly with the mix to begin with and then with the hot water. Running the powdered milk through the food processor is an optional step, but worth it especially if you are giving it as a gift. It looks “prettier” and mixes a little more nicely. Depending on the size of the mug, use 3 or 4 tablespoons of mix per mug of hot water.
This is a good warm up from cold outdoors. Come in from a cold sledding expedition or scraping ice off the car windows and 90 seconds later you can have a cup of satisfying warmth in your hand. It’s a great breakfast drink, a source of inspiration for your work day and or chocolate comfort whenever and just because. There’s a cup on the corner of my desk right now!
Gifting the mix is so easy. Mix and distribute amongst four quart jars. Or find a gallon jar and gift someone the whole thing! Bytes was the recipient of the giant container of hot chocolate mix last year. He’s hinted he’ll be ready for another one this year! You can add a tablespoon measure to each jar. You could also add mini marshmallows in a sandwich bag. Or you could include crushed peppermint candies in a snack sized zipper bag. Add a personalized mug, too, as I did last year. (Didn’t you know Bytes starts with a J? 🙂
Hot Chocolate Mix labels can be downloaded by clicking on the link.
- 1 8 quart package powdered dry milk
- 1 16 ounce package chocolate flavored drink mix
- 1 16 ounce package powdered creamer, your favorite flavor
- 1 cup powdered sugar (do not substitute)
- Optional – Use food processor to reduce size of powdered milk particles so the blend is very smooth.
- Use large stock pot or similar container and pour in all ingredients. Mix well.
- To serve, put 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix per cup of hot water and stir well.
- Store in airtight container for up to three months.
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