Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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Since I’m not a big coffee or tea drinker, I’ve always gravitated toward hot chocolate as my warm drink of choice, especially during the winter months. I first made a homemade hot chocolate mix four years ago, and I really, truly loved it. However, when I got my new Cook’s Illustrated magazine in the mail and saw that they had developed a version of hot cocoa mix, it didn’t take me long to throw everything in the food processor. (That’s the best part of making a homemade hot chocolate mix – it takes less than 5 minutes to throw it together – you can’t beat that!)

The verdict? While both are fabulous, this new version is definitely my preferred, and I think it’s simply due to the addition of cornstarch. I really like a thick hot chocolate; there’s nothing worse than one that tastes watered down, am I right? The cornstarch in this recipe really helps to create a rich and thick drink, which I love.

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe - Great for stashing for yourself or giving away as gifts! | browneyedbaker.com

Whether you choose to keep this homemade hot chocolate mix on hand in your own kitchen for when a hot cocoa urge strikes, or package it up in pretty jars or cellophane bags for holiday gifts, this is absolutely a keeper of a recipe!

I foresee many, many mugs of hot chocolate in my future… pass the marshmallows!

MY OTHER RECIPES

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe - Great for stashing for yourself or giving away as gifts! | browneyedbaker.com

One year ago: Decker Cake
Four years ago: Pecan Tassies

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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

An easy homemade hot chocolate mix that makes the most decadent hot cocoa!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

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

To Make Hot Chocolate: Heat 1 cup of milk (whole, 2% or 1%) in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan. Add ¼ cup of the hot chocolate mix and continue to heat, whisking constantly, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Pour into a mug and serve.

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(Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated)

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