Is there anything better than hot chocolate in front of a warm fire on a chilly day? I have many fond memories of hot chocolate and cold weather. As a child, I recall playing outside until I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes. I would run in long enough to warm up, replace my wet clothes and return to whatever games could only be found in the freezing cold. I would do this until I ran through every pair of clean socks. Most of the time they wound up on my feet and hands. At the end of a long day playing, I would camp out in front of the fire to thaw out. To speed up the process, my Grandparents would put a cup of hot chocolate in my hands.
My son wasn’t much of an outdoorsman, but I used this tradition to warm him up just the same. On especially cold days we would sip hot chocolate in front of flickering cartoons on the TV instead of a fireplace. His childhood was more about watching the adventures of Spongebob Squarepants and playing video games together. Still, it was the shared warmth that mattered most.
If you think Hot Chocolate can’t be sophisticated; think again. Here I give you Hot Chocolate 4 Ways.
Hot Chocolate 4 Ways Recipe
First, we make the mix. This makes 30 servings. Store in a clean, dry container.
|Preparation time: 10 minutes||Cook time: 5 minutes||Makes: 30 servings|
|Technique: Mixing, Boiling||Taste: Sweet||Family|
The Base Mix
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
- 1 cup dry milk powder
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
French Vanilla Base Mix
- Use French Vanilla powdered nondairy creamer in place of plain
Spicy Base Mix
- Add 2 tbsp cinnamon
- Add ½ tsp nutmeg
- Add pinch of chili powder
This is what makes this recipe special and gives it a richer flavor. Make at the time of final preparation. Makes enough for 4 servings.
- ½ cup milk or half & half
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
The Base: Scoop all ingredients in a storage bag or container. Shake well. To use, scoop one to two spoons of mix into cup, add hot water.
The Topping: Place milk in a blender or best made using an immersion blender. Mix until frothy. Add sugar and vanilla. Blend an additional minute or two until froth returns. Add 1-2 tbsp to each cup.
Garnish with cocoa powder, french vanilla powder, cinnamon or decorative sugar crystals. Serve immediately.
- Add ice for a chilled version
- Add Bailey’s Irish Cream for an Adult version
- Use whipped cream as topping
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