Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Twenty Five Days of Treats - Day 7

Here's a warm treat today - to make for yourself, for your kids and with your kids, or to give away.  This is my signature recipe for hot cocoa mix.  So good, no need to add marshmallows!

SPH Hot Cocoa Mix
2 c. non-fat dry milk powder
1 c. plain non-dairy creamer
1 c. French Vanilla non-dairy creamer (I use Coffeemate Brand)
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. granulated (white) sugar
1 c. cocoa powder

Combine all ingredients in a 1-gallon ziptop bag.  Seal TIGHTLY!  Squish and mix until well combined.  Empty contents into containers of choice - a single batch will fill a wide-mouth quart-size jar (just tap the jar on a hard surface occasionally).  To make hot cocoa - Fill your favorite mug about 1/3-1/2 full.  Add hot water or milk and stir to combine.  Enjoy!

Ok, so bring on the tweaks, right?!  If you are someone who doesn't do dairy, omit the non-fat milk powder.  I've made it this way many times (because I was out of milk powder), and it still works.  For a real treat, omit the cocoa, and have hot white chocolate.  My kids and especially my hubby absolutely LOVE hot white cocoa!  Also, think cinnamon and peppermint.  Want mocha?  Add 1/2 cup instant coffee to the original mix.  Then, think cinnamon and peppermint again.  Mmmmmm.

So get the kiddos involved - let them help measure and squish.  This is the best kind of science (chemistry - mixing different components to make something else, also what happens to a solution when you add heat) and math (measuring). Then, let them enjoy the fruits of their labors!  This recipe is easily doubled (use a 2-gallon bag), and can be portioned into smaller jars.  Another great teacher-scout-leader-coach gift, just add decorations and directions to the jars.

By the way, don't forget to leave comments on Day 5 to sign up for the giveaway!

Have fun, and enjoy!

1 comment:

Lenswyf said...

Thanks for the reminder. Methinks this will be in my boy's stocking.