January 22, 2011

Classic Cocoa

With the plummeting temperatures here it was time to make one of my favorite cold weather treats. Hot chocolate, a blanket, and a good movie is enough to make any dreary day brighter. Rather than doing a remake of the Peppermint Stick Cocoa I decided that I wanted to just have plain hot chocolate.

This is another one of those recipes where you can layer it in a glass jar (lesson learned... I've been saving all the glass jars I can get my hands on), tie a ribbon around it, add a cute tag "Classic Cocoa" with directions, and give this as a gift. Homemade goodies are the best.

The original recipe states to mix 1/3 cup of the Classic Cocoa mix with 1 cup of boiling water. I find that water doesn't give that creaminess in a hot chocolate that is comforting so I would recommend adding the Classic Cocoa mix to hot milk instead. Much more creamy that way and so comforting and heart warming!

MyRecipes.com and Sunset, December 2004
Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot chocolate

Stars of the Show:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
And Action:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. If giving as a gift, layer the ingredients in a glass jar making sure to keep the ratio of ingredients constant. Add boiling water or hot milk to 1/3 cup of the mix.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 142 (20% from fat)
Protein: 3.7g
Fat: 3.2g (sat 1.9)
Carbohydrate: 30g
Fiber: 2.6g
Sodium: 131mg
Cholesterol: 1mg


Chef Dennis said...

what a great idea for a gift! I love that mug you are using, too cute!
It is sooooo cold here today, I could sure use a hot cocoa!

Pretend Chef said...

Chef Dennis - My mama bought the glass online from www.lolitaglass.com You can find some great handpainted wine glasses, coffee glasses, etc. The day has taken a surprising turn and the sun has warmed me up. Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

Sometimes the simple things in life are best and you just can't beat a good cup of hot cocoa. I just put up my new linky for "Sweets for a Saturday" and I do hope you'll get a chance to stop by and link up one of your delicious sweet treats. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweets-for-saturday-1_21.html

Pretend Chef said...

Lisa - I need to stop by and link up! I made a sweet treat that will make it's appearance on my blog tomorrow!

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