Someone emailed me recently (and for the life of me I can’t find the email!) and asked about a MINT version of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. They didn’t have to ask ME twice! I’ve always been a major fan of MINT and CHOCOLATE!
When I was in college the cafeteria on campus made Mint Brownies that were to DIE for! I’m sure it was responsible for the majority of my “freshman fifteen”! There is just SOMETHING about the combination that is SO appealing!
But I have never made my own Mint Hot Cocoa before! I couldn’t wait to try!
Most of the recipes I found online were for “gifts”, which is great, but I was looking for something I could keep in my pantry and scoop out if I want to make a cup!
Luckily, this recipe works for both!
Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix
Adapted from Meals Matter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups mint-flavored chocolate chips (I used Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips)
3 tablespoons crushed peppermint hard candies (my new Blendtec blender made short work of this step! Wow!)
Preparation for gift-giving:
Layer ingredients in the order listed in a 1-quart bottle. Seal with lid and attach a card with these preparation directions:
To prepare: Pour the contents of the bottle into a large saucepan. Add 4 cups milk. Stir over medium heat until all of the candy pieces are melted and the drink is creamy and hot. Pour into mugs. Add some marshmallows and a peppermint-stick stirrer, if desired.
Preparation for making individual servings:
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid.
To make a cup of cocoa: add HOT water or milk to a mug, and then add 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix. Stir until creamy and smooth. Top with marshmallows if desired.
Find a cozy spot and ENJOY!
Do you have a Mint and Chocolate favorite??