This polar vortex seeping the country has left many wondering if spring will ever started peeking through. Here in NC, we’ve had a two hour delayed start to school or complete cancellation nearly every day for the last two weeks. Yes, we don’t do cold, ice and snow well down here.
But there is one thing this northerner, moved to the south, mom does very well – Hot chocolate.
How is it possible that so many cozy memories flood to the surface just by stirring up a cup of this delight?
Now, for all of you northerners who scoff aloud at our “winter weather”, I grew up in WI and trust me, at first, I chuckled oo until I realized just how dangerous that black ice is and there just isn’t the capability of getting it off the streets. Plus, I fully admit that my blood has thinned and I can no longer handle frigid temps.
I’ve admitted it. I’m a wimp.
So when this last snow storm hit, I realized for the first time since I birthed our first child twenty years ago, that I was officially out of store bought hot chocolate with the crunchy fake marshmallows.
(What’s with my children loving the fake marshmallows?)
Actually, this easy homemade hot chocolate recipe has been a staple in my recipe box since I first got married. Do you see the cute flower cards? Definitely circa 1993. It was passed down to me and it has come in handy many times.
There are varying ways to make homemade hot chocolate.
I like to play around with this variation by adding some spices or mixing it with milk, instead of water for a very rich hot chocolate. Some readers even said they’ve doubled the sugar and hot chocolate, but that’s a bit too sweet for me. Every one’s sweet tooth is different.
But trust me, it’s best topped with homemade marshmallows. Every one needs to try them at least once.
It’s wonderful to make hot chocolate fresh every time over the stove, but often, I need it on demand and so I love to make this in bulk and keep it stored for any occasion.
It’s perfect to have ready as simple gift to say “thank you.”
Plus, to make this more decadent, I love adding my favorite chocolate chips right into the hot cocoa, stirring them in, but letting a few melt to the bottom. The last few sips are always the best.
Plus, I believe this brings my love of all things Mason Jars post to 51. ( 50 uses for Mason Jars – one of my favorite posts.)
So don’t delay. You probably have most of these ingredients right in your pantry.
(First posted January 2014 and reposted now because our son is getting married AND I AM SWAMPED :))
Recipe: Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Summary: Whip up this easy homade hot chocolate mix recipe anytime you need a cup of cozy delight. There’s nothing better.
- 2 cups instant non-fat dry milk powder
- 1 cup sugar (powdered or granular works too)
- 3/4 cup powdered nondairy creamer
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- mini marshmallows
- In a large bowl, combine the creamer, milk powder, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder.
- Mix to combine.
- Pour into air tight container or freezer bag for storage.
- Add 1/3 cup of cocoa mix to 1 cup boiling water. (Or use 1/2 hot milk for a more decadent cocoa.)
- Mix well.
- Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Depending on how “chocolatey” you want it, the amount will vary. Taste test will tell.
- Sprinkle top with mini marshmallows and whip cream.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)