First if of all, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, full of joy and love besides the ones you love. Unfortunately, this year we will no be able to spend Christmas with our family in Brazil. However, we are blessed to have a nice group of friends here in Houston that received us with open arms in their home for Christmas.
I was so busy with the prep for last night’s dinner and so excited for trying the delicious food everyone was going to bring to the table, I didn’t have the time to focus on the blog write up. We made slow cooked pulled pork mini-sandwiches to serve as an appetizer, but that is not the recipe I’ll share today – I will post it some other day. The recipe I am posting today is a tasty and warming hot cocoa mix that we gave as a gift to our friends for Christmas, so they could enjoy it during Christmas morning while they open the gifts from Santa and during the rest of the winter! It is so easy to do, it takes literally 5 minutes to finish! To get to the perfect mix to our taste we tried several permutations and combinations and that’s the recipe we are sharing with you. Of course you can play the wizard of chocolate too and change the recipe to your taste but this one was the favorite here in our home. Actually I am not very fond of chocolate, but I mixed it with my regular morning coffee and it tasted good too.
You can also double or triple the batch and have hot chocolate supply for all winter? Sounds good. huh?
Let’s get started!
You’re gonna mix together in a bowl (2) cups of powdered sugar, (1 and 1/2) cup of cocoa powder, (2 and 1/2) cups powdered milk, (1) teaspoon of salt, (2) teaspoons of cornstarch and (1/4) teaspoon of cayenne peeper – or more if you like it spice. The cayenne pepper in the suggested proportion doesn’t overpower the taste of chocolate and complements it very well. People will feel a different end flavor at the end, but if don’t tell them there is pepper, they won’t know what it is… shhhh… that’s our little secret.
And that is it for the hot cocoa mix!!
Tip 1: To serve it, you’re going to mix (2 and 1/2) tablespoons of the mixture with (5) fl oz (150 ml) of hot milk. I recommend that you add half of the milk to the cup, dissolve the mixture in it, and only then add the rest of the milk.
Tip 2: Toasted mini-marshmallows add an amazing texture component to your hot chocolate. I’m aware that you not always have a campfire available so you can basically broil them in the oven until brown (or burnt – I know some people like it) and drop it on top of your hot chocolate. To toast them, just turn your oven into broil mode and lay the marshmallows out in a sheet pan. Place them under the broiler until toasty, flip and broil again. Be very careful because these little guys broil very fast! When they’re done, just throw some on top of your hot chocolate. You won’t regret!
Merry Christmas again and ENJOY!!!!
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2½ cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper*, optional
- Hot milk to serve
- Using a whisker, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt, cornstarch and cayenne in a large bowl.
- To serve: Place 2,5 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and add about 2 fluid ounces of hot milk. Stir to combine. Fill the mug with 3 more fluid ounces of hot milk and enjoy.