Monday, September 30, 2013

It's Autumn- time for cocoa!

So, now that the school year is fully in swing, and we seem to have gotten past the "fun" of trying out everybody else's new colds and 'flus, perhaps we can get back to the real fun stuff again. 
Hooray for being well for more than 5 days at a time!

Fall has finally arrived, for reals! 

It's raining here, snowing in the mountains, and just that little bit shivery outside. 
Time to make cocoa!

Cocoa mix is stupid-expensive to buy pre-made. 
Save some cash, make your own.

My kids swear that our mix tastes better than the store-bought kind, and it has some other bonuses, too- you know what's in it, when you make it yourself. How could I possibly do less for this little face?

Thing Two as Young Drew Carey, partaking of cocoa

 No corn-syrup solids (and just what the heck are those, anyway???), no aluminum or other weird anti-caking agents...just plain ol', good ol' cocoa, sugar, and milk. If you've a mind to, you could probably make this sugar-free, but since we're a no-artificial-sweetener oufit, we use cane sugar. 
It's really tasty, and really real.

Here's how we do it!

You will need:

5 1/3 c. powdered milk, or enough packets to make 1 gallon milk (4 1-quart packets)
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. cocoa powder 
1 tsp. salt

Mix the ingredients well, and store in a large jar. To make a cup of cocoa, add 3-4 heaping spoonfuls of the mix to either heated milk, or boiling water. To jazz it up, add a splash of real vanilla extract, a bunch of marshmallows, or use a candy cane as a stirrer. For the grown-ups, peppermint schnapps or a bit of rum can be a tasty addition. It's seriously yum!

The dry mix stores well for several months- we have yet to have a batch go "bad". Might be due to the high rate of cocoa consumption around here, though. 

Thing Two would like you to know that cocoa goes well with jammies. And Legos. 
(A good book, plus a side of popcorn, can be nice, too.)

I'm so, so danged glad to be back in the saddle. 

Love to all of you guys- wishing you all good health and warm cocoa!



  1. I was just thinking of hot chocolate the other day; it goes with cold weather hot tubbin', too! I did a pinterest recipe last year that was way to much work (finely chopped white chocolate!), so I will try yours with the addition of malt. We're a malt outfit.

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    2. Whoa, I've never seen the one with chopped white chocolate- that *does* sound like too much work. The hot tub / cocoa combo sounds GREAT! The malt would be more do-able for us, though- great idea!!


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