Monday, December 7, 2009

Troy's Hot Cocoa Mix using Food Storage

This simple hot chocolate mix can be made from the items in your food storage!

On Sunday night our children were clamoring for a treat.  They decided on hot chocolate.  We found we had one little packet of hot chocolate, which doesn't go very far for 4 children and 2 adults.  So, we decided to make our own.    It was simple and delicious!  Not only did it taste great, but after looking at the back of the one hot chocolate package and seeing the list of corn syrup solids, hydrogenated oils, sucralose, monoglycerides, diglycerides and artificial flavors, I was really glad we made our own!   Here is how we made our homemade hot chocolate mix:

Combine the following ingredients in a stainless steel or plastic bowl:

1 Cup Country Cream Real Instant Milk

1 Cup Sugar (Organic or Traditional)

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

Mix the contents well and store in pint jars.  Add a large, heaping tablespoon of mix to 8 0z. of hot water and serve.

This hot chocolate mix makes a delicious hot chocolate without all of the ingredients of the traditional, store-bought mixes.  For a healthier alternative than traditional sugar use a replacement sweetener such as rapadura or demarrara.  You could also exclude the sugar from the mix and add agave nectar or honey to your mug to taste.

As can be seen in the picture above, you could make a nice gift by putting the mix in a pint jar and decorating the jar a bit by adding a small piece of holiday fabric.

Hope you enjoy!