Hot Coco Recipe

Alright guys, this weekend it hit me:  I have less than two weeks to finish getting gifts, wrap them, and mail most of them.  EEK!

How did it get to be the middle of December?  Why is it going to be in the 70s this week?  I know I’m below the Mason Dixon line, but I’m not that far south.  Just last year I woke up the day after Christmas to a blanket of snow.

Well, even though the weather seems a bit confused, the calendar says it’s the time of year for cuddling up in front of a crackling fire with a warm cup of cocoa.  There is nothing wrong with store-bought cocoa.  But if you want to treat yourself or your loved ones then you can make your own.

Rich, chocolaty comfort in a cup.  That’s what this cocoa is.

Go ahead and spruce it up with your favorite spices.  Make it with water, or milk if you prefer a richer drink.  Top it with marshmallows or top it off with some booze.  Either way it’s a beverage perfect for watching those first snowflakes of the season.

Just decorate a few pint jars with some pretty ribbons, fill them up with this cocoa, and you’ll have a quick, homemade gift.  The cocoa will keep a long time in an air tight container.  So you can even make these and keep them on hand for any gifting emergencies.

Hot Cocoa Recipe

makes enough to fill four pint jars.
adapted from Alton Brown

4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups dark cocoa
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
2 1/2 cups non-dairy creamer
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk until the powder has an even consistency and color.  Store in airtight containers.

To make the cocoa:  Fill a mug 1/3 to 1/2 full.  Add boiling water and stir until powder is dissolved.  Enjoy!

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  1. What a neat idea! I have been trying to think of things to give/make for my grown kids and their spouses. This definitely fits the bill! Love the addition of the cinnamon. BUZZED!


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