Hot Chocolate Mix



In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Working in 2-3 batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store the cocoa mix in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

To prepare the hot cocoa, put ¼ cup to ⅓ cup of the mix in a large mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk or water.

-Whole milk powder will give this cocoa a slightly more creamy flavor
-Try adding ground candy canes for peppermint hot cocoa!
-If using ground vanilla bean in place of pure vanilla powder, use 1 tsp. Vanilla powder can be found at most stores with bulk food sections as well as specialty stores like Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma.
*Using high quality cocoa powder is always better than going with the cheap stuff. Quality ingredients yield quality results! Natural cocoa powder can be used in place of dark or Dutch-process for more of a milk chocolate flavor.
**I prefer using Ghirardelli white chocolate baking bars and chopping them into chunks
***My favorite brand of vanilla powder is Nielsen-Massey. You can find this ingredient at most well stocked grocery stores, specialty food stores or even online. It really makes a huge difference in the overall flavor of the cocoa. It's worth the money and can be used in all sorts of dry mixes or baked goods!