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Homemade Basics: Hot Cocoa Mix

When the first frosty morning appears I know it’s time to make a batch of hot cocoa mix.  I like to have it ready to go  for whenever the moment strikes, and in our house it strikes often!  Jacob’s face totally lights up as soon as he sees the mugs and marshmallows out on the counter.  Lucy will be able to have a little mug of her own this year ( a very cooled version of course;)  What is a mug of hot chocolate without watching the Polar Express?

There is nothing super fancy about this mix, I got it straight off the Hershey’s Cocoa container!  I do add some cinnamon to give it some warmth but other than that I follow the recipe.  Also, this makes the perfect gift for teachers, postmen, neighbors, etc. I like to package it in a cute little mason jar with some ribbon and a little tag with a cute message.

Ingredients

For the Cocoa Mix:
Yields: 4 servings
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup hershey’s cocoa powder
Dash of Salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup miniature marshmallows (optional)
For the Hot Chocolate:
Yields: 1 mug of hot chocolate
1 heaping tbsp. cocoa mix
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
miniature marshmallows (optional)
chocolate chips (optional)
Directions
To make the cocoa mix:
In a small bowl.  Add the sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt.  Whisk until combined.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
To make the hot cocoa:
In a small sauce pan on medium heat.  Add 1 heaping tablespoon of the cocoa mix and 1 cup of milk.  Whisk the mix together until well combined.  Heat the mix until little bubbles start to form around the side but not to a boil.  Add the chocolate chips to the bottom of the mug and pour the warm hot chocolate over the chips.  Top with miniature marshmallows and additional chocolate chips..
Recipe Source:
Slightly Adapted form: Hershey’s

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