This kid loves hot chocolate and I love this kid a whole lot.
That’s why I like making homemade hot chocolate for her. In the past we’ve gone easy peasy with this simple, three-ingredient mix but we recently bought a new cappuccino maker and now that she can froth milk she’s fancy now and as such has upgraded her tastes.
She asked me to make her something we could keep on the counter and that would be creamy, like the kind she gets from our local coffee shop. Hmmm. Well I knew I wanted to avoid ingredients, like dipotassium phosphate and silicon dioxide, since I don’t actually stock that at home. I wanted real ingredients and for it to be extra chocolate-y.
I sniffed around a little bit on the interwebs and found what I was looking for—in three different recipes. With a little playing around I was able to eliminate what I didn’t want in there, like cornstarch, and add in things like cinnamon and extra chocolate pieces. In the end, this recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I think you’ll like it too.
- 2 cups powdered (icing) sugar
- 1 cup cocoa
- 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix on high until well blended.
- Add 3-4 tbsps into a cup and add hot water or milk.
- Store in an air-tight container.
Feel free to double and even triple this recipe. It will sit on your counter for a good while, just remember to make note of the expiry date of the powdered milk you bought.
This also makes an excellent gift for friends, teachers, bus drivers, and coaches. Simply fill a jar from the dollar store with hot chocolate mix, tie with a festive ribbon with instructions on the outside and add a Peppermint Candy Cane as a stir stick! Voila! All your gift giving done in one easy recipe and likely under budget too. You’re welcome.