Hot Cocoa for Winter
Hot cocoa bars and hot cocoa bombs were all the rage for the holidays, but, it's still winter and there's nothing like a cup of hot cocoa to warm you up on a cold winter day. Welcome back to 10 on the 10th, a group of bloggers sharing ideas and inspiration for under $10. Our theme this month is 'Winter Blues' - anything Winter or blue and I've got just the thing!
While hot cocoa bombs sound delicious and hot cocoa bars look amazing, often the ingredients didn't really thrill me. People were using pre-made cocoa mix and from my experience, anything you buy pre-made tends to have extra ingredients that don't sound very appetizing. Here's a list of the ingredients of a popular brand of hot cocoa mix:
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Natural Flavor.
Some of those ingredients make me raise an eyebrow (especially the cocoa processed with alkali), so let me present a homemade version of hot cocoa mix.
1 & 1/8 C cocoa
1 & 1/2 tsp. table salt
Measure the three ingredients into a bowl.
Stir until well-mixed:
Use about 2 Tbsp. of mix for each cup of hot milk. I like it chocolate-y (I may have just created a new word) so make them 'heaping' tablespoons. Add some marshmallows, whipped cream, and a peppermint, if you so desire, and drink up!
Apologies for this photo. We haven't had a good, sunny day in ages and while I was trying to get this shot, the whipped cream melted into the hot cocoa...ugh! Here I am, Keepin' it Real at the Cottage - You're welcome! Lol
Store the rest of the recipe in a tightly-sealed jar.
Make it pretty! I used a piece of denim (trying to stick with the 'blue' part of the theme) and tied a ribbon around the jar. Be sure to add the directions on a tag and you have a nice little gift.
Here's how much it made:
The jar on the left was a salsa jar and the mix is up to the 12 ounce mark. The jar on the right was a pesto jar and is 8 ounces.
To break-down the cost:
4 lb. bag of sugar - about $4
8 oz. container of cocoa - about $3
26 oz. container of salt - about $.40
Even if you used all of the ingredients - and clearly, you won't, the cost is under $5 for approximately 20 ounces of mix. That's pretty economical and I know what's in it!
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