There is nothing I love more on a cold December day than sipping a cozy seasonal beverage while curled up next to the Christmas tree. My hot cocoa just never seemed to measure up to those rich, creamy concoctions from the local cafes though — that is, it didn’t until I found this recipe in Cooks Illustrated for homemade hot cocoa mix. Not only is it perfect for your own cocoa cravings, but it makes a great gift packaged in a decorative jar or tin.
Hot Cocoa Mix
Makes enough for 12 single cup servings
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup non-fat dry milk powder
- 5 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
Add all ingredients to a food processor and grind to a powder. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two months.
To make a cup of cocoa: Heat 1 cup of milk in a small saucepan until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edges. Add ¼ cup of mix and continue to heat, whisking until simmering (about 2–3 minutes). Pour into your favorite holiday mug and top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream with a drizzle of dark chocolate sauce. Enjoy!
If you need a little extra cheer, consider adding a shot of peppermint vodka or Irish cream to your cocoa before the topping.