We drank hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars.
-The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg
Each year, I always think I’m going to be more together come December. Presents purchased, wrapped, under the tree. Desserts baked. Posts done on time.
The night before I scrambled to wrap. Cookies were baked on Christmas morning (heck, the Christmas cake still hasn’t been baked!). And I was so zonked last week I couldn’t even think about hitting send on a post. I’m just hoping I’m coherent as I type now…
Fortunately earlier in the month I had mixed together a jar of homemade instant hot chocolate. Just scoop ½ cup (or more if you love it rich like I do) into a mug, add boiling water and stir. It’s recipes like these in the silly season that I love the most.
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
- ½ cup powdered milk
- pinch of salt
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- tiniest pinch of chili powder
- Mix all the ingredients together really well. Place in a sealed container like a mason jar until ready to use.
- When ready to use. Divide the mixture between 2 mugs, pour 1 cup boiling water over and stir well.