Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Homemade hot cocoa elf-ing

Our wee one's school finishes for the season this Friday, so we needed to get busy on little gifts for her classmates.  I was inspired by this post on Angry Chicken to make homemade hot cocoa mix in jars.  This is easily something our 4-year-old can do for friends with a minimum of adult help.

  homemade hot cocoa mix

Amy's recipe was similar to Martha Stewart's: just sugar and cocoa powder.  She filled each jar about half-way and then topped it with mini-chocolate chips and mini-marshmallows.  We followed that pattern, but we used a different recipe.  I wanted something richer, and we found it here.  First, I double-checked with class moms to be sure no one had a dairy intolerance (otherwise, the sugar and cocoa recipe would be just fine).  Since it isn't an original recipe, I feel it's okay to repost.

Rich and fabulous homemade hot cocoa mix

3 cups non-fat dry milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/4 tsp salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Pulse the blend in a food processor until the white chocolate chips are reduced to a powder.  Store mix in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
To make hot chocolate drink, stir 1/3 cup of mix into 1 cup of hot milk or water.

homemade hot cocoa process pics

If you are interested in encouraging independence in your wee one, most stages of this project can be done easily without adult intervention:
  • pour the measured cups into a large bowl
  • stir the mix together
  • pulse the food processor or simply press the "on" or "off" buttons
  • use a small scoop (like a 1/4 cup measure) to scoop the finished mix into clean glass jars
  • sprinkle the mini-chips and mini-mallows on top to fill
  • place the lids on top
  • screw the lids in place 

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