Homemade “Instant” Hot Cocoa Mix
|Unsweetened cocoa powder||3 Cup (48 tbs) (Dutch-processed - For the Cocoa Mix)|
|Superfine sugar||4 1⁄2 Cup (72 tbs)|
|Dry nonfat milk||6 1⁄2 Cup (104 tbs)|
|Ground cinnamon||2 Teaspoon|
|Cocoa mix||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (Mom's Hot Cocoa Mix - use a bit more or less)|
|Boiling water/Or very hot milk||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (half and half or cream)|
|Pure vanilla extract||1⁄2 Teaspoon (For One Mug of Hot Cocoa)|
|Whipped cream||2 Tablespoon (or pulverize a few hard peppermint candies and fold them into whipped cream with a bit of pink food coloring and then sprinkle the top with some more peppermint candy thatâs been cracked into coarser pieces.)|
|Marshmallows/Shaved bittersweet or semisweet chocolate ((use a vegetable peeler) mini chocolate chips and a few mini marshmallows||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
1) To assemble the mix: Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a 6-quart bowl. Sift mixture through a large triple-mesh sieve into another bowl and then sift back into the original bowl. Store in an airtight 4- to 5-quart canister.
2) To make a mug of hot cocoa: Place 1/3 cup of the dry mix into a mug. (Use less mix for a smaller cup.) Fill the mug with boiling water, milk, half and half or cream (or use a combination). Add vanilla and stir well, with a cinnamon stick, if using. Top with any of the suggested garnishes. If serving to young children, you might want to stir in a bit of cold milk just to take some of the heat off.
Note: To shave chocolate, if using, run a regular vegetable peeler across a block of firm bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. Depending on the width of the chocolate you’re shaving, you will either get long curls or a fine dusting. Both are delicious. Store any extras in an airtight container.