Hot Chocolate Mix is easier to make than you might think! With just a few simple ingredients, you can be enjoying your own mix all winter long. It’ll last for months stored in a jar to have on hand whenever a chocolate craving occurs.
Happy New Year! 2015! Gosh, it sounds like something of the future. Did everyone have a good new year’s eve? I sure hope so. Now that Mother Nature has decided that it’s going to be more like winter, I wanted to share with you this fabulous DIY hot chocolate mix. Lately, it has been my best friend. Yesterday’s temp was -8 when I got up. The coldest it has been yet! With howling winds and blowing snow, all I want to do is curl up inside next to the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. And of course snuggle with the baby.
Speaking of said baby, she has her first tooth working through! Also, she is basically sitting up on her own, AND she is trying oh so hard to crawl. To the point that she is getting so frustrated that she can’t get her legs moving. She rocks back and forth thinking about it, but the brain connection isn’t there yet. She is already 6 months old! My baby is growing up way too quickly. But let’s talk about this DIY hot chocolate mix!
This hot chocolate mix blows the pants off store bought mixes. I honestly don’t think I could go back to Swiss Miss anymore. This stuff is the real deal. It’s rich, velvety and all around delicious. In the past, I have decorated little jars and gifted it to friends and family. It makes a great hostess gift for the cold months! I mean really, who doesn’t love hot chocolate? This is well worth the effort and ingredient list to make this yourself. It keeps for months. So it will last you the winter without going bad. Well, that is if you can resist drinking every day.
What you’ll need to make DIY Hot Chocolate Mix
- granulated sugar
- semi sweet chocolate
- bitter sweet chocolate
- coco powder
- vanilla beans- optional
If you’re using vanilla beans, split the pod the long way and scrape out the seeds with the back of a pairing knife. Place in the bowl with the granulated sugar. Mix with your fingers until combined. Cover and leave overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
The next day, place all the ingredients, including the sugar in a food processor. Blend until combined and the chocolate is finely chopped. Store in a jar- and that’s it! Super simple.
Let’s make a cup of Hot Chocolate
So, I am a milk hot chocolate person all the way. They I like to make a cup of hot chocolate is- grab the mug you’ll be using and fill it with milk. Pour the milk into a small pot and whisk in two spoonfuls of the hot chocolate mixture. Whisk until the mixture has melted and the milk is hot. Pour back into your mug and top with marshmallows! Sip and enjoy.
Notes & tidbits
If stored in a jar, this will last for many months at room temperature.
Recipe from Annie’s Eats, originally from Gourmet, 2005
- 1 vanilla bean (optional)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, or unsweetened coco powder
- Split and scrape the vanilla beans into a large bowl or jar with the sugar. Work the vanilla seeds into the sugar with your fingers until evenly distributed. Bury the pods under the sugar, cover tightly and let stand overnight (or up to months) at room temperature. (You can do a large batch of this vanilla sugar and keep the pods in the sugar to add extra flavor. It's fantastic to use in homemade ice cream or any vanilla flavored desserts.) Remove the pods when ready to use.
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the sugar, semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, and Dutch process cocoa powder. Process in 4-second pulses until the chocolate is very finely ground and the mixture is well combined. Store the mix in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
- To serve: combine 2 tablespoons cocoa mix with 8 oz. of hot milk and stir to combine until well blended.
*You can easily cut this recipe in half if you don't have a large food processor. This is what I do and works just fine!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 38 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112
Nutritional information is only an estimate.