Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hot Chocolate Mix

It is the time of year for Hot Chocolate.  I love having a hot mug in the evening as I have some "me" time.  Usually, I just buy packets of Hot Chocolate mix, but today I made some from a recipe I found in Cook's Illustrated magazine.

This recipe is super simple and takes very little time to make.  I was wondering to myself why I didn't make my own mix before.  All of the ingredients - sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, nonfat dry milk, cornstarch, vanilla extract and salt are pulsed together in a food process.  Your mix is ready.  All you have to do is heat some milk, add 1/4 cup of the mix to the milk, whisk and pour the hot chocolate into a mug and serve. A rich chocolate taste with a smooth velvety texture that makes you feel good.

You can serve by itself, topped with a marshmallow or whipped cream.

A perfect drink for chilly nights.  This mix would also make a perfect gits for the holidays.

Hot Chocolate Mix
From Cook's  Illustrated Magazine
A Cup of Goodness


1 cup sugar
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


 Process all ingredients in food processor until ground to powder, 30 to 60 seconds.  Transfer to airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To Make Mug of Hot Chocolate:  Heat 1 cup of whole, 2 percent low-fat, or 1 percent low-fat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan.  Add 1/4 cup of hot chocolate mix and continue to heat, whisking constantly, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes longer.  Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and serve.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe makes twelve-1-cup servings


  1. Hi Geraldine!
    Don't you just love homemade hot chocolate:) I've been meaning to pick up some non-fat dry milk at the store. I better put it on the list. I plan on making my own mix this year. I use to always have it on hand when the kids were little.

    Thanks for sharing, Geraldine and thanks for "stirring" up the memories...

  2. Who wouldn't love a cup of hot chocolate, esp. when the weather is cool and crisp? And it would make a great holiday gift too.

  3. Geraldine, such a comforting thought to be making your own hot chocolate drink mix! It looks so wonderful and rich, I just have to give this recipe a try! Thank you for the inspiration!