I’ll never buy hot cocoa mix again…

My girlfriend and her son have arrived, and we’re settling in for a good visit through the end of next week. This morning we took a little pre-hike – a test hike, so to speak – down to the creek in the horse pasture.  This afternoon our plan is to take a longer hike into the Rattlesnake Recreation Area north of town. But in the process of checking out the creek, Kyle managed to get himself half soaked. The water here is cold. It’s always cold from mid-winter to mid-summer. Poor Kyle learned that the hard way. Boots, socks, pants and gloves were soaked through.

So we got him back up to the house, and of course that was a perfect reason to drink hot chocolate!

I’ve been out of hot cocoa mix for a while, so I decided what better time than the present to test out a batch of mix from the Mix-a-Meal cookbook. I will never use processed, store-bought mix again. So simple! So rich! So delicious!  I’m sold…

To make yourself a giant batch of hot cocoa mix to get you through the long hard winter, combine:

  • 9 cups instant dry milk (or 4 ½ cups regular dry milk)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder

That’s it!  Mix it all together in a big bowl, then transfer to the canister of your choice to enjoy all winter long.

To make a cup o’ cocoa, use 2/3 of a cup of the mix to one cup of hot water. Dollop some whipped cream on top, or drop in a few mini marshmallows, for some added oompf and you’re good to go!  (If using regular dry milk, as opposed to instant, use only 1/3 cup of the mix to one cup of water.)

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