Winter is a great time to recollect, and draw upon memories from your earlier days. For instance, a gentle, quiet snowfall might bring flashbacks of your little brother’s gleeful grin moments before you pummeled him on your sled…his grin and giggled turned to shrill wailing in .4 seconds. The warm 61 degree day we had yesterday for the first day of winter brought to mind the hot, Kansas summer….because that’s what it felt like….not winter.
Today’s recipe comes directly from the heart of winter (and my 60 degree porch). I have fond memories of hot cocoa after several rigorous hours of snow play as a little sapling. I remember the mug being so terribly hot on my near frozen fingers. I also remember my general clumsiness that came with my plopping my pudgy, wiped out, 7 year old self onto the cushiest couch and splashing what felt like the hottest flames of the sun onto my lap and hands and face (unfortunately I’m still that clumsy, even as a 23 year old).
Mom always had a giant measuring cup that she’d heat up the milk in, and add those fancy little marshmallows and cocoa mix just for us. I felt like the most special little lady when she poured that glorious mixture into my most favorite snowman mug.
Until I realized I could make my own cocoa mix, I, like many of you, had been sucking down hot chocolate (in moderation, of course). Now, I have that chocolatey goodness like my life depends on it!
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. baking cocoa
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container. We use a mason jar!
- Heat milk and add 1/4 C mix. Mix and combine, and add whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint pieces, etc. Get creative! Add a splash of vanilla or maple syrup if you like.
The mix is a very sturdy foundation, and can be built on with almost anything! Add any other dry ingredients to the dry mix – mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermints/candy canes, sprinkles, etc. Whatever your heart desires! Just be sure not to mix anything wet into your dry mix or you’ll have a very sticky mess.