With the cooler weather, we have been enjoying hot cocoa. It has been cold and rainy, perfect weather for a hot mug of cocoa.
The kids' Auntie Reff gave us this handy cocoa maker a few years back for Christmas. During winter, we joke and say that it is privileged with counter space. It stays on the counter top. This IS a privilege considering that our counter-top space is minimal.
It came with a book of recipes and we have enjoyed the hot cocoa with vanilla (never thought of adding vanilla), mochas, and cappuccino. There are a few other recipes that we haven't tried yet, but the one we use most often is basic hot cocoa.
When milk is low, I whip up a batch of this cocoa mix which is great to have on hand.
Basic Hot Cocoa Mix
- 4 cups powder milk
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar (I use 1 cup Fructevia)
- dash of salt
Directions: Add all ingredients together in a container and mix together. I roll the container around gently until it is all mixed evenly.
Making a Mug: Spoon 1/4 cup cocoa mix for every 8 oz. of hot water. Stir until dissolved.
I have also used coconut milk in the machine when I was watching my dairy intake. I was so glad I didn't have to give up hot cocoa. Any way you look at it, hot cocoa is a fun winter treat. We do add miniature marshmallows sometimes, but they make it too sweet.
Do you have a favorite winter drink?