Confession: I’m basically a 5-year-old.
Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things in the world. As my friends order fancy soy-chai-skim-latte-cappacino-old people drinks at Starbucks, this girl orders hot chocolate. Salted caramel hot chocolate to be exact. Heaven!
This year for Christmas, I wanted to make some homemade gifts. Homemade hot chocolate mix seemed like the perfect DIY gift. I tied bags of cocoa in shiny bows and paired it with monogrammed mugs. It made for such a simple, yet personalized and thoughtful, gift!
I scoured the internet for cocoa mix recipes. Many involved dry milk powder. Honestly, dry milk powder kind of freaks me out. So I kept looking. I finally found a recipe with vanilla sugar. And ground chocolate bars. And three kinds of chocolate. And no dry milk powder. Count me in!
If you’re feeling especially nostalgic during this time of the year, I recommend you whip up a batch of this incredibly easy coca mix. You will be transported to a time when your biggest worry was whether your marshmallow to hot chocolate ratio was juuuust right. And really, who doesn’t wish that was their biggest worry? Enjoy!
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride
2 vanilla beans
4 cups white sugar
24 oz semi-sweet chocolate bars (broken in pieces) or chips
9 oz dark chocolate bars (broken in pieces) or chips
2 cups cocoa powder
1. You first need to make the vanilla sugar. To do this, place all the sugar in a large bowl. Scrape the seeds out of 2 vanilla beans and stir into the sugar. Bury the vanilla bean pods into the sugar and cover tightly. Allow sugar to sit with beans for at least 24 hours, but feel free to develop the vanilla sugar longer. Remove bean pods when you are ready to make the cocoa mix.
2. Using a food processor, grind the chocolate bars. Be sure to do this with short pulses to ensure your processor does not get too warm. If it gets too warm, the chocolate will melt and this should be avoided at all costs.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the vanilla sugar, the ground chocolate, and the cocoa powder. Place in an airtight container.
*To enjoy: Add 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix to a mug of warm milk. Top as desired with marshmallows, whipped cream, etc. and enjoy!