Creamy Hot Cocoa

There is nothing better than drinking a mug of steaming, creamy hot cocoa, especially when the weather outside is dreary.

It hailed outside today, and my kids and I whipped up a quick batch of my homemade hot cocoa.  I usually have all of these ingredients stocked up in my pantry — I use the white chocolate chips for cookies and making a white chocolate ganache for dipping strawberries, and I keep non-fat dry milk for when I bake bread.  The next time you go grocery shopping, pick up these ingredients and make up a batch of homemade hot cocoa mix.  You will never buy the packaged stuff again.

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Creamy Hot Cocoa
 
 
This is a rich, indulgent hot chocolate made so with the addition of white chocolate and topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, and a sprinkling of cocoa powder.
Ingredients
HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
  • 1½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups non-fat dry milk
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
TOPPING
  • whipped cream
  • miniature marshmallows
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
Instructions
HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
  1. Place the white chocolate pieces in a food processor (a coffee grinder works well too). Pulse to grind the chips into a fine, almost powder-like consistency.
  2. Place the ground white chocolate in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Use a whisk to mix all the ingredients together.
MIXING
  1. Heat a mug filled ¾ full with milk.
  2. Stir in ½ cup of the hot chocolate mix. Mix well.
TOPPING
  1. Add miniature marshmallows to the cup of hot chocolate.
  2. Scoop a dollop of whipped cream on top.
  3. Sprinkle cocoa powder and/or cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.
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