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Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

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This year for Christmas, being on a grad student’s budget, I decided to go homemade for gifts.  I thought about doing something healthy, but it’s hard to find things to make ahead that will stay fresh and be appropriate for kids and adults alike.  Instead, I decided to go for fun- hot chocolate!  I gave two varieties- dark chocolate and peppermint, which are both based off the same recipe.  It was cheap, easy to package, and easy to transport.  Assuming the 4-cups worth I gave will not be enough to get through the winter, I decided to post the recipe here (barely adapted from America’s Test Kitchen):

  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (I used the slicer blade of my food processor)
  • 1 cup (3 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (1 ½ ounces) nonfat dry milk powder- about one packet
  • 5 teaspoons (1 ounce) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

A scale makes this process very, very easy! Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse 5 times, then blend for about 30 seconds until all ingredients are powder.

Hot Chocolate Mix | foodsciencenerd.comFor one serving of hot chocolate, heat 1 cup of whole, 2 percent low-fat, or 1 percent low-fat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan. Add 3 Tablespoons of hot chocolate mix and continue to heat, whisking constantly, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and serve.  Drink fast, because the corn starch continues to thicken the mix as it cools!Hot Chocolate Mix | foodsciencenerd.com

To make the peppermint variety, switch out the vanilla for mint extract.  I also threw in some crushed candy canes for extra flavor!

I packaged the mix in 1/2 cup mason jars with color-coordinated fabric under the rim and labels detailing the variety and preparation directions.  A double batch made plenty to fill 16 jars and only cost a few dollars!

IMG_0860This hot chocolate is incredibly decadent and will serve everyone well if we ever get weather resembling winter!

Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (7 oz) sugar
  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (3 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (1 ½ oz) nonfat dry milk powder- about one packet
  • 5 tsp (1 oz) cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • Whole milk, for serving

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse 5 times, then blend for about 30 seconds until all ingredients are powder.
  2. For one serving of hot chocolate:
  3. Heat 1 cup of whole, 2 percent low-fat, or 1 percent low-fat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan. Add 3 Tbsp of hot chocolate mix and continue to heat, whisking constantly, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and serve.
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  1. Being the recipient of this lovely and welcome gift, I will say that we LOVED this idea and can’t wait to try both varieties. Being homemade and hand-decorated makes it very special and we will think of our niece every time we enjoy a cup. It is a perfect gift idea for friends and loved ones. We love the creativity and that she made the time in her busy schedule to make us a one-of-a-kind, personal gift.

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