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nosh friday: hot cocoa mix

December 10, 2010

Sleigh bells are ringing, lanes are glistening and it seems like everything you hear about Christmas is how stressed out people are. Your sister never wants anything you give her and last year, Mom didn’t appreciate the jumper cables you picked out. Cookies are burning and that seems to be the only thing that is; calorie consumption is out of control and your family is driving you insane and traffic is terrible and it’s snowing AGAIN?

Well, I’m here to wipe all that nastiness away. I’m here to soothe, to pat you on the shoulder and remind you that Christmas is a beautiful season of anticipation and hope, a time to slow down, not speed up, and a time to enjoy eating delicious foods instead of wrecking yourself with guilt about them.

I’m also here to give you this hot cocoa mix recipe.

Last year, a dear chef friend of mine passed it along to me and it became a tried-and-true homemade gift. I still have people who mention how much they loved it. And it couldn’t be easier to make. Dump, whisk, scoop into bags, DONE. I like to package mine simply — scoop one cup of mix into a sandwich-sized Ziploc and tuck into a cute little tin. (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for a dollar each!) You could easily package them into cute little plastic gift bags also and tie them off with a ribbon. I’m packaging mine up with homemade marshmallows this year — get as fancy or as simple as you like. The possibilities are endless!

If the thought of driving to the mall makes you want to jam mistletoe up your nose, fear not. This mix makes a great gift and in my experience, people almost always prefer something edible. (You could also hoard it in your cupboard and let everyone else starve. Your call!)

Hot Cocoa Mix
From the Fresh Chef

4 c. powdered sugar
2 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. vanilla powder*

*I was able to find this at a local specialty grocery store for $5. If you can’t find it, King Arthur does carry it, though it’s a bit pricey.

Take a large bowl and combine all the ingredients, whisking well to get them really combined. You could also sift them together. As I tend to make this in double and triple batches, sifting is a little too high intensity for me.

This mix is best packaged in one or two cup portions. To drink this delicious stuff, you mix 1/4 cup of mix with 1 cup of hot milk. I know that sounds like a lot of mix, but since this doesn’t have powdered milk in it, you have to add more mix. Trust me, it’s scrumptious.

Once you’ve decided your portion size, just package ’em up to your fancy! And presto — holiday gifts fit for a king! In fact, if the wise men had access to a kitchen on their long journey, they might have brought baby Jesus this instead of frankincense or myrrh. Way tastier.

Recipe makes 12 servings.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2010 10:49 am

    Those are such cute tins! I can’t wait to try this mix out.

  2. December 12, 2010 1:00 pm

    I remember enjoying my gift last year during snowy craziness. It was certainly scrumptious gift!

  3. Amanda permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:57 pm


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