Sunday, February 19, 2012

Homemade hot chocolate mix

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make homemade hot chocolate mix to give away for Valentine's Day.  I was debating whether to use the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker or Alton Brown. After taking a look at the ingredients, I went with Brown Eyed Baker since her mix contains white chocolate chips, which I am a fan of.

The hot chocolate mix was extremely easy to put together.  I ended up using the "liquify" speed on my blender and all the ingredients were chopped very finely.  I put 1/3 cup of the hot chocolate mix into individual bags and also included two homemade marshmallows. Then I printed little tags with the instructions and tied everything together with a pink ribbon. I think they turned out pretty cute, don't you?

Word on the street is that the hot chocolate was awesome (as were the marshmallows). Unfortunately, I didn't save any for myself, so I will need to mix up a batch for us to try soon!

Ingredients
  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups cocoa powder (Dutch-processed preferred; I used Hershey's dark)
  • 1½ cups white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Directions
Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows.

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