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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6 Responses to “Oreo Cream Cheese Swirl Bars”

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    Sara — May 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    This look sinful…but oh, so good! By the way, I like how one of the labels on this post is “anti-WW friendly.” 🙂

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    Jen — May 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Well I figured if I’m going to have a WW-friendly tag, I should also have one for things that people watching their weight should stay far far away from. This is definitely one of those recipes.

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    Cara — May 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Why must you torture me?! I so need to get back on track this week. Thick batter = good, thick waist does not! These sound delicious 🙂

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    Ingrid — May 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    These babies are good! I made them not long after I started blogging…oh, my gosh almost two years ago. Guess it’s time to make them again!
    ~ingrid

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    Lorie — May 12, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Oh yum! I have a feeling Oreos are going to be added to my shopping list.

    I am posting a link to these on my blog. Everyone needs a good Oreo recipe!

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    Allie — June 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    These look amazing! Just put them on my “must make” list 🙂

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