Hello Autumn! Time for Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
I know I know, we’re only just in September and it’s not quite Winter yet but now is the perfect time to make a batch of homemade hot chocolate mix for the colder months ahead.
I love Autumn so much, it’s cold but not depressingly so. I love walking through the parks in a warm buttoned up coat and seeing the leaves change colours. I love coming in from the cold and having a hot drink ready. The heat of the cup warming up your hands and in my case, steaming up my glasses too! Then of course there’s the joy of watching out for squirrels dashing about the garden looking for food. (When is the last time you saw a red one)?
Speaking of squirrels, I’m a bit like one come the Autumn time. I start gathering things in preparation for the Winter. Anytime is good for hot chocolate, but come Winter you can really appreciate a big mug of the stuff. Even better when you know you’ve got a batch ready and waiting, so you can make a cup whenever you feel like it.
Shop bought instant hot chocolate is ok but I like experimenting with my own flavours, especially spices like nutmeg and cinnamon which are popular around this time of year. I also don’t like to add too much sugar, as I’m not fond of overly sweet drinking chocolate.
This hot chocolate mix takes minutes to make and there’s enough to fill a mason jar. Enjoy on its own or with your toppings of choice.
- 125g good quality cocoa powder
- 100g dark chocolate (70%), grated.
- 250g powdered sugar
- 350g non fat dried milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 mug of whole milk
- In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar, dried milk, salt and spices together and place in an airtight container.
- For one serving, pour 1 mugful of whole milk into a saucepan over a medium heat for 2 minutes or so. Add 2 tbsp of the chocolate mix - 1 tbsp at a time and stir until fully dissolved (2 1/2 - 3 minutes).
- When fully dissolved pour into your mug and enjoy!
- Fills one mason jar
Looking for toppings to go with hot chocolate?
Gingerbread marshmallows by Supergolden Bakes