Friday, November 22, 2013

Hot Chocolate, Hot Cappuccino and Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate Mix

It's cold, rainy and dreary outside. We may even get sleet or ice. It's the perfect time for Hot Chocolate.
We always have home made Instant Hot Chocolate Mix in the pantry. Today my wife found these miniature marshmallows, perfect for a mug of Hot Chocolate.

Home Made Hot Chocolate:

This is our favorite Hot Chocolate.

3 C Whole Milk
3 C Half and Half

Heat to simmer

Add 2 C Chocolate Chips ( I prefer Ghirardelli)
Stir until the Chocolate melts
Add 2 TBS Vanilla
(if you want to kick it up a notch and make it Tex - Mex, add 1/8tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper)!

Serve Hot!

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This makes a hot, instant, Homemade Cappuccino drink.

2 C non dairy coffee creamer
1 C instant dry milk
1 1/2 TBS Chocolate Nesquik
2/3 C instant coffee ( I use Medaglia D'Oro instant espresso)
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C Confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
a dash of vanilla

Mix all but the vanilla
Store in a sealed container

Use 3 rounded TBS of the mix per cup of hot water
Add a dash of Vanilla to each cup of Cappuccino.

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Instant Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix:

This recipe is from a newspaper clipping in the 70's. My wife has had it since then and she adapted it. I've never known a time when we haven't had a container of it in our Pantry. It's a Winter Staple at our house.
Here's a photograph of the original recipe and my wife's note as she figured out the taste that she wanted.

Here's my wife's version:

1 pound of Powdered Sugar
1 - 30oz. box of Nestle's Quick
12 ounces of a non dairy creamer
1/2 of an 8 quart box of Instant Milk

Combine all ingredients well.
To serve, add 1/2 C of the mixture to a mug and add boiling water.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate:

This is just another version.

1 1/2 C Whole Milk
1/2 C Heavy Cream
2 tsp Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 tsp Medaglia d'Oro Espresso Coffee Powder
8 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped

In a saucepan on medium heat:
Coffee Granules
Whisk well.
Simmer, don't boil.

Remove from heat.
Whisk until it melts.
Return to simmer if necessary.

Serve topped with a Dollop of Whipped Cream.

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