Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa

I had every intention to make a salted caramel hot cocoa mix for all of the people in my department at work this holiday season. However, the day that I sat down to do some homemade Christmas gifts (I've been told that I am NOT crafty and I tried to prove people wrong…), I also chose to make the mix. I managed to burn the caramel, and my finger (don't touch scalding hot melted sugar), and that batch quickly went into the garbage. I started to search for an alternate recipe and decided that plain hot cocoa mix was the way to go. I whipped up the mix, put it into 8 cellophane bags, and realized that I would probably have to make 3 more batches in order for everybody to have more than 1 mug worth of hot cocoa. Well, it never got done, so instead, I put it all in a jar and gave it to my mom for Christmas. It worked perfectly because we had bought her a new tea kettle {and so did my brother and sister-in-law…oops!}, so the hot cocoa kind of went with the theme. I even tried to etch a star into the jar, and painted a mug. Let's just say that the crafty parts of this gift look very juvenile, but rest assured, the hot cocoa mix is delicious!

2 cups Powdered Milk
2 cup Cocoa (dutch process is preferred, but I used regular)
2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper, or more to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and incorporate evenly. Seal in an airtight container. Keeps indefinitely in the pantry.

To make hot cocoa: Fill a mug halfway with the cocoa mix and pour hot water over the top. Stir to combine. This also works great with warm milk.  

SOURCE: Alton Brown