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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Homemade Cocoa Drinks

It is nice to have homemade cocoa drinks handy, cold or hot at any time of the year… oh, so perfect for camping, kids coming home from school, cuddle in a comfortable chair watching your favorite movie… I could go on! Mmmmm!

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My Favorite Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients:

1-1/4 lb. instant cocoa ( like Nestle Nesquik)

12 oz. powdered coffee creamer (not flavored, regular)

1/2 lb. powdered sugar

8 qt. box of Carnation dry/instant milk

Method:

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl, stirring to mix all dry ingredients together to mix thoroughly.

Serving: The amount of cocoa per mug varies based on the size of mug. For a regular type mug I like 2 to 3 HEAPING serving spoon full.  You can always add more if you like more chocolate flavor so start with 2 and go from there based on mug size.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cups sugar

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup hot tap water

4 cups whole milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

In a medium saucepan, stir together the cocoa, sugar, salt and water. Bring to a boil, stirring often, being careful not to burn. Add the milk and heat to just boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into cups.

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Homemade Cocoa Cappuccino

Ingredients:

4 oz. strong coffee

4 oz. milk

2 tbsp. cocoa syrup (recipe below)

Extra cocoa syrup for drizzling

Method:

In a large mug, whisk together hot coffee and cocoa syrup until well combined. Steam milk (or heat in the microwave and froth with a whisk!) and pour on top of coffee. Allow foam to separate for a minute, then drizzle with extra cocoa syrup.

Homemade Cocoa Syrup

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

pinch salt (1/4 tsp.)

1 cup boiling water

1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

Whisk together cocoa, sugar and salt until well blended in medium saucepan. Add enough water to make a thick paste that incorporates all dry ingredients. Add remaining water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla if using.

Let cool and store in a jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge.

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Spiced Vegan Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients:

2 cups soy milk powder

1/2 cup good-quality cocoa powder

1 cup vanilla sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Large pinch sea salt

Method:

Sift the soy milk powder with the cocoa, cinnamon and cardamom into a medium sized bowl. Stir in the vanilla sugar and salt. To make hot cocoa, stir one cup boiling water into 1/4 cup mix. And for a real treat, add a Sweet n’ Sara vanilla marshmallow on top!

Tip: I might try 6 oz. of water next time I make this so it’s tastes more chocolatey.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

1 cup homemade hot chocolate (or drinking chocolate*)

3 mini marshmallows

¾ cup ice

Directions:

After mixture has cooled, place contents in a blender. Add ice and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour contents into a cocktail glass. Garnish with three mini marshmallows.

*Drinking Chocolate

1 cup milk

4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa

6 Tbsp. sugar

1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Keep stirring. Mixture should be completely mixed and fairly thick – the same consistency as buttermilk. Let cool.

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Wherever you are, is your weather cold enough to indulge some homemade hot chocolate today?! Try some!! :)

Happy chocolate day!

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