Only two things raise my spirits at this time of the year: chocolate and the extra few minutes of daylight that each day brings.
Self-medicating with chocolate is one of the nicest things about winter: starting with all that chocolate candy at Christmas time and all winter with my daily mug of hot chocolate.
Times are hard and food prices just keep going up, so I thought I would share with you my Mom’s recipe for hot chocolate mix with a few of my own additions. This mix is economical and big enough to last us through the cold weather. You might have to make a second batch if you have a big family or a serious chocolate addiction!
HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
- 1 large jar chocolate Ovaltine (or malt powder)
- 25.5 ounces high-quality powdered milk (I use Sanalac.)
- 16 ounce Nestles Quick (or any chocolate milk powder)
- 6 ounces (or more) of plain dry coffee creamer
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup corn starch
- Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl, then transfer to an air-tight container for storage.
- Use 1/3 cup (or to your taste) per one cup of boiling water. Stir well.
I bought a couple boxes of the small candy canes for very little from the after-Christmas sales to break into pieces and drop into my hot cocoa for a peppermint flavor. You could also flavor your hot chocolate by adding cinnamon, cardamom, powdered vanilla, baking extracts (just a few drops of almond, orange, raspberry, etc.!), flavored syrups, or you can use a flavored coffee creamer when making the mix.
When I’m having a particularly hard day, I top my chocolate with a marshmallow. The marshmallows pictured are from a local shop that makes much of their candy from scratch. (They roast their own cocoa beans!) Their marshmallows come in a variety of flavors. My favorite are the peppermint. (I only wish she would dip them in chocolate!)
I hope your family enjoys this delicious frugal recipe as much as mine has during these past cold winters. Begonia