This is a perfect gift for Christmas! Homemade hot chocolate powder in a beautiful jar and a personal tag. Don’t you just love homemade gifts?
Let’s get warm with some homemade hot chocolate! It’s so cold outside, even I have the heaters turned on. And I’m that person who sits in a cold room in only a T-shirt, while others are trembling in their sweaters. My husband is turning the heaters on all the time and I go after him turning them off. Well, not today. My hands are freezing and I’m having trouble typing. I need a hot chocolate!
Plus, it’s time to make gifts, and I love homemade gifts. Have you ever felt nervous, because you just didn’t know what to give people for Christmas? Well I have and a few years ago me and my husband made it a tradition to give our loved ones homemade gifts. No more fuss about buying gifts at the last moment.
Last year I made homemade hot chocolate mix to give away as presents. I was experimenting quite a few recipes. And dealing with all types of powder resulted in a dust cloud in my kitchen. I could hardly breathe and my lungs were burning for hours, but turns out it was worth it. I love it so much.
I’m not a huge fan of store bought hot chocolate mixes, because they are too sweet and too expensive. This recipe calls for way less sugar, then there is in the bought ones. But if you like it sweet, go for it. Add a little more sugar.
Serves: 8 people (4 cups of mix)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Ingredients for the mix
- 1 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup + 2 TBSP powdered milk
- 1 1/2 cup potato or corn starch
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Ingredients for cooking (for 1 person)
- 1 cup
- 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix (if you like it very dense add 1-2 TBSP of the mix)
Instructions for the mix
- Sift cocoa powder, powdered milk, corn starch and icing sugar through a sieve into a big bowl and add vanila, salt and cayenne pepper.
- Combine it thoroughly with a whisk or move it to a blender and mix until it is well combined. That’s it!
Instructions for cooking
- Pour the milk into a small pot, add the hot chocolate mix and put it on medium heat.
- Stir well with a whisk. You need to stir at all times, or it will burn, especially at the end.
- Hot chocolate should be ready to serve in about 10 minues.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- If you are making a large batch, I suggest you use something to cover your nose and mouth. The dust can really get in your lungs. And you don’t want that
- Stiring the hot chocolate while cooking is absolutely neccessary. It might start sticking to the edges a little. Just don’t scrape that part off or your hot chacolate will get a burned flavour.
- Try adding your favourite spices into the mix. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are perfect for this season.
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