It's finally a little chilly here and some folk's thoughts turn to hot chocolate. If you're lazy like I am, or you have kids (shudder), then the realization that all you need for some hot chocolate is this upgraded hot chocolate mix and some boiling water should come as a pleasant surprise. It's not gonna be the kind of spoon-standing, ultra rich 80% cacao cup of melted chocolate lusciousness like you get at Cacao Sampaka in Barcelona, but it makes a decadently rich and fast cuppa hotchoc, and it's FAR superior to Swiss Miss or any of those others.
Mick’s Instant Hot Cocoa Mix: Makes about 13 cups, or ~ 40 servings
4 cups powdered sugar
2½ cups Dutch-process cocoa powder (Droste or similar)
5 cups powdered milk
1½ cups heavy cream powder (or powdered non-dairy creamer)
4 tablespoons arrowroot
2 teaspoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper
Mini marshmallows, or whipped cream, plus shaved chocolate for garnish (optional)
Sift all ingredients together into a large mixing bowl and distribute evenly. Portion into resealable bags and shake to re-distribute before measuring-out (in case it has settled); keeps indefinitely in the pantry. Fill a mug half full (about 1/3 of a cup) with the mixture and pour in hot water. Want it thicker and stronger, stir in a little more. Stir to combine. Top with mini marshmallows, or whipped cream, and shaved chocolate.
PS: it’s also good with some Kahlúa or Tia Maria, Bailey’s, Amaretto, Luxardo Espresso Liqueur, Frangelico or Nocello, or Godiva added to the cup!
Mick Vann ©