Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

I’m definitely not the first food blogger to post a recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix. And I definitely won’t be the last. That’s because it makes such an easy and fun homemade gift, and I just couldn’t resist.

I used Ghirardelli chocolate and cocoa in mix. Of course, Hubby loved having an excuse to eat more homemade marshmallows and threw quite a few in his cup of hot cocoa!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Yield: 76-2 Tbsp servings

Ingredients:

2 vanilla beans
4 cups granulated sugar
24 oz high-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
9 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups Dutch process cocoa

Directions:

Split and scrape vanilla beans and place in a large bowl or jar with the sugar. Work seeds into the sugar with your fingers. Bury the pods under the sugar. Cover tightly and let stand overnight (or up to months–vanilla sugar keeps forever) at room temperature.

In a food processor fitted with metal blade, process semisweet chocolate and dark chocolate until finely ground, using 4-second pulses. Process in batches, if necessary.

Remove pod from sugar. Add ground chocolate and cocoa powder to sugar and whisk to blend, making sure to combine well. Store mix airtight at room temperature for up to six months.

Assemble your gifts:
Scoop 1 1/2 cups of cocoa mix into a medium sized bag. Attach a tag with the following note: Heat 8 oz milk on med-high heat until scalded. Add 2 Tbsp cocoa mix and whisk until smooth. Top with a marshmallow. Makes 12 servings.

Recipe as seen on Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally from Gourmet

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5 Responses to “French Macarons – Chocolate with Espresso Buttercream”

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    If you ever want to try them, we could make a baking date out of it. There are plenty of variations of flavor combinations to be tried.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Oh great tip. I stored mine at room temperature.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Let us know how they turn out for you.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I know what you mean about beginners luck. I might be apprehensive to try them again since our first shot was so successful.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Isn’t it so fun baking with other bloggers?

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