One of the things I love about cooking from scratch is that I can customize recipes to my own preferences. For instance, hot cocoa mix.
For a long time, I would just go to the store and buy the biggest can of cocoa mix I could find at the best price per ounce. I really didn't think it had the best flavor, and I knew it was totally overloaded with sugar, but what else to do, right?
Silly girl, how difficult can it be to stir up a mix myself? In fact, I can remember visiting my great-grandmother's house and she did have a big jar of cocoa mix in her kitchen. Standard breakfast for the little kids was cocoa and toast.... still a favorite of mine.
So, once again, I turned to the internet and started searching hot cocoa recipes... holy smokes, who knew there were so many variations. First I had to work out the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. Yes, there is a difference and I'll save that for another post. And then I had to find a simple, basic hot cocoa recipe. Finally, I found one and it became my standard: 3 c of instant, full cream powdered milk, 2 c of powdered sugar, 1 c of cocoa powder (not to be confused with cooca mix, cocoa powder is found in the baking aisle), and 2 tsp of corn starch ( thickens and makes the cocoa creamier). Mix it all together. Dump 1 scoop (from the aforementioned can of cocoa mix) into a mug. Add water. Stir. Yum.
And then, the other day, some facebook friends were sharing their hot cocoa recipes, and one in particular caught my eye: 3 c of instant, full cream powdered milk, 1 c of powdered sugar, 1/2 c of cocoa powder and 3 tsp of corn starch. hmmmm Less sugar (yea!) Less cocoa (not sure) More corn starch (to make it thicker and creamier Yea!!) Let's try it!
I mixed it up this morning and OH MY GOSH... YUMMMMM It was definitely thicker and richer. The cocoa flavor came right through. I top it off with about 1/4 cup of full cream milk to cool it down.
So now my recipe card is called Even Better Best Hot Cocoa Mix (batch)