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I know hot chocolate is traditionally a winter time drink, but here in the Pacific Northwest I think it is more of a fall and spring drink.  Why?  Because we are outside more than in the winter and it is still chilly.  So the “need” to come in the warm up is just as great, if not greater, than in winter.

A few years ago I decided I needed a quick way to prepare hot chocolate for my kids, like using the store bought mix, but I wanted to do it homemade and without all the preservatives and so much sugar.  A did some experimenting and came up with a satisfying mix that isn’t too sweet, but fulfills the craving for hot chocolate.  I make up a big batch of this mix and store it in a airtight container, then it is ready when the need arises to come in a warm up!

  • 2 cups instant dry milk
  • Heaping 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use dutch processed)
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt (or 2 pinches table salt)

Hot Chocolate Mix

Adapted from Allrecipes

In a medium bowl whisk together the dry milk, sugar, cocoa powder and salt.  Mix until well combined and no “balls” or “clumps” of cocoa powder remain.

Place 1/3 cup hot chocolate mix in a mug.  Pour in 8 ounces of hot water, stir to combine and enjoy!

Store remaining mix in an airtight container for next time.