My children have been asking me to buy them some hot cocoa, Swiss Miss, Nestle, whichever, they don’t care. But I feel I am selling them short when I give them that stuff as most of it has extra chemicals and hydrogenated oils. Their poor little hearts don’t have a chance. Back in my Cardiac days I had learned that fatty striations can start in our coronary blood vessels as early as our teen years. Ouch! So I do my best to keep my kids away from the hydrogenated oils and preservatives, although I am not always successful. In my own mix, I know exactly what is in it and can control the amount of sugar and use a better quality cocoa like Penzeys. I would like to experiment later with different natural sweeteners such as steevia, which I do use and like but I need to figure out the amount. Play with this recipe as much as you like, it at least takes you in the right direction.
I like to use a large bucket when I am making my mixes.
I portioned out each serving of dry mix into 2 ounce portion cups with lids. This way my children can make their own cups of Hot Cocoa with ease. They will save each cup so that we can refill them. At least until the cups are squished.
I keep the “pods” in a big plastic bucket with lid in the pantry. I can also place these in every one’s lunch box as they do have access to a microwave at school. Perfect for a cold day. My children’s teachers are very gracious and let them make Hot Cocoa during their lunch break.
Hot Cocoa Mix
1 box Carnation: Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, 25.6 oz
3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, depends on your sweet tooth
2 cups good quality cocoa, I used 1/2 Penzeys Dutch Cocoa and 1/2 Nestle’s
In a large bucket mix all the ingredients together using a whisk. Store in lidded container for up to 6 months. To make Hot Cocoa, mix 3 T. Hot Cocoa Mix with 1 cup (8 ounces) hot milk (I prefer milk) or water. Stir. Add marshmallows, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, or a peppermint stick. Top with whipped cream too. Go crazy! Makes about 60 servings.
Note- You may want to make a cup of this cocoa to taste then you can adjust sweetness or add more cocoa to your liking. You may make individual servings by measuring 3 T. mix into 2 ounce portions cups or small 3×5 bead bags found at Michael’s.