Serves: 6 - 8 | Total Time: 5 Minutes
I love winter in Wisconsin, even if it can drag on for what seems like half the year.
Well, if you judge a season by the weather, winter here IS half the year! If we get snow in October and it doesn't melt until April, that is 6 months. There are years where the cold and ice can linger even longer.... so you gotta just make the best of it.
Like an excuse to have homemade hot chocolate. (Do we need an excuse?)
Having homemade instant hot cocoa powder in the house is a must when living in the Wisconsin countryside. Getting out to the store may not always be easy (those slippery roads, you know), nor may it be fun if the wind is blowing the single digit temps below zero. If it takes longer to warm up your car than it does to drive to the store... it's probably better to stay home, right?
Around here, it isn't just a question of "got milk?" We also ask, "got hot cocoa mix?" Even better is "got homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar?" Let's face it, weird ingredients have no place our mugs, and preservatives are not needed for something made entirely of dry ingredients. (Imagine that!)
You can store this homemade instant cocoa mix in an airtight jar for weeks, or even months. If you don't have chai tea latte powder on hand, you want to go and get some because that little addition makes all the difference for this recipe - it dials up the flavor from simply standard to oh, YEAH! (If you can't find it at your local grocery store, it is easy enough to order online.) Plus, the flavor really goes well in my Hygge Hot Cocoa recipe (complete with a video with some of my own tips on how to hygge).
I made this short little video to show how easy it is to put together this hot cocoa mix. Are you inspired? You'll be so happy to have it ready when that next snowstorm (or monsoon, ice storm, soaking rain, sub-zero polar vortex) strikes... just add hot water or milk and relax for a while. You can't do much until the weather clears anyway... why not enjoy it for a spell?
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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Total Time: 5 Minutes
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk powder
1/2 teaspoon chai tea latte mix
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Add all 5 ingredients to a pint-sized glass jar. Put the lid on tightly and shake everything until well combined.
2. To serve, add 4-5 tablespoons to a heat-proof mug. Add 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved and enjoy!
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