We go through so much hot cocoa here in Minnesota that I’ve found it cost-prohibitive, to say the least, to purchase premade hot cocoa mixes. Even in bulk they’re too expensive when it’s –30 outside and you need hot chocolate every hour practically to just stay alive! After tinkering with a mixture that was easy, could be made from ingredients I had on hand, and was still really creamy, I found one I love! We’ve been drinking it almost every day for the past two weeks.
Powdered Mix (scale the ingredients to make as much or little as you’d like):
- 3/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1 c. powdered milk
- 2 c. white sugar
Mix these ingredients together and store in an airtight container or canister in your pantry. Then when you’re ready to make the hot cocoa, simply add 3 heaping tablespoons of the dry mix to 8 oz of steamed/warmed milk. I put the milk in my mug, warm it in the microwave, then add the mix. Mixes right in with no lumps! And when it was freezing here I scaled the recipe and made a huge crock-pot full of it and kept it on warm all day so we could have it ready at all times. You just do what you have to do when you live in the arctic.