Hershey’s Special Dark Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
It is already October and in our area it is cooling off fast! We had temperatures in the mid 30’s over night last night. Brrrrr So between the cold and my insane obsession with chocolate, I immediately start craving hot chocolate. Usually we buy the box of instant hot chocolate that comes in the little envelopes, but I found that we go through them too fast. Plus, a lot of times they are just not as “chocolatey” as I want. Once in awhile I make my own homemade hot cocoa from scratch on the stove, but that is not very convenient for a quick cup. So, I decided to make my own instant hot cocoa mix.
My initial thought was that it would be really expensive to do until I went grocery shopping and saw how crazy the prices of instant hot cocoa have gotten. Yes, you can get the small 6 envelope box for $1 , but in my house that would be gone in two days (4 person household). The only ingredient I noticed was really expensive was the dry milk…. oh boy! The large box (about the size of a cereal box) was $18 ! The other size they had was also way too big so I actually scraped that idea and just bought non dairy creamer. After trying the hot cocoa tonight, I actually like it better. See, I am not a huge fan of milk and the after taste, with the creamer you don’t get that. So if you go through a lot of hot chocolate during the season, try this recipe, it is easy , less expensive and you can add an extra scoop if you want a more decadent, rich cocoa.
- 1 Cup Hersey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder - $2.68 (prices may vary by store)
- 2 Cups Non Dairy Creamer , at least 11 oz. - Walmart has a brand that is $1
- 1 Cup Sugar
- A tiny dash of salt, about ¼ tsp.
- This recipe made a 1 quart jar of mix and we still have plenty ingredients left over to make more.
- In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. If you have a sifter use it, if not that is ok. I suggest having a cup of hot water on hand so you can test it out before you store it. This way you can see if you want to alter the recipe (more sugar etc) Remember that this is Special Dark cocoa so it will be stronger, more bitter. You can of course use regular cocoa, just up the amount to 2 Cups. Funnel into a Mason jar or air tight storage container.
- To Serve : Add 2 tablespoons to one standard size ( standard size is classified as 10 oz. ) mug of hot boiling water.
- Leave room in the mug to add more mix till it's just as you like it.