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Friday, December 22, 2006
December 22 -- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Homemade hot chocolate mix was something my grandmother would always stir up for Christmas gifts for her children, grandkids, and their families. I have also found that it makes a wonderful gift. Here's a gift idea for that hard-to-buy for older person : A jar of hot chocolate mix, a container of refrigerator muffin batter, and a box of clementines. We've done this for the past few years for my mother-in-law (the first year we also included a six-cup silicone muffin pan) and she looks forward to it. We have the agreement that I will refill the muffin batter and the hot chocolate as many times as she wants me to.
My hot chocolate mix is one I developed myself by combining my grandmother's recipe with another one and adding in some ideas of my own. I really like the touch of malted milk flavor in this. Here's the recipe:
HOT CHOCOLATE MIX 5 cups instant nonfat dry milk 2 cups powdered sugar 2 cups instant chocolate drink powder (like Quik) 1 cup malted milk powder, chocolate flavor 1 cup malted milk powder, malt flavor 1 cup non-dairy powdered creamer 1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Include these directions with mix: * Place 1/3 cup of mix in a large mug. Fill mug with hot water and stir to dissolve. *
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.