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Keeping Winter Warm And Sweet

Perhaps nothing is more soothing and comforting on a cold day or night than a tasty cup of homemade hot cocoa.  Last January we gave you an easy way to make hot chocolate with a homemade chocolate syrup to which you simply add warm milk.  That recipe is here.

Today we have another equally tasty option for making a cup of homemade cocoa.  This one is for a dry hot cocoa mix to which you add hot milk.  The benefit of this recipe is that it keeps nicely in your cupboard, and travels well should you be taking a holiday weekend in the mountains, or wish to bring a hostess gift when visiting friends for the weekend.

Everyone loves hot cocoa, young and old alike.  It warms and comforts you when you are alone, and makes a family night of watching a movie or playing a game, or working a puzzle, a celebration.  Give it a try.




Hot Cocoa Mix

2 1/2 cups instant dry milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. fresh nutmeg
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Sift together all the ingredients.  The cocoa mix will keep in the cupboard for up to 3 months in an airtight jar.

To make a cup of cocoa, place 1/4 cup mix in a mug.  Heat 1 cup of whole milk.  Add 1/4 cup of the hot water to the cocoa mix.  Stir to combine, then add the 1 cup of hot milk and stir well.  Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.


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