Friday, December 12, 2008


I am a huge fan of hot cocoa. I usually have at least 1 cup a day during the colder months--it warms me from the inside out and is very soothing. Have you noticed that a small can of semi-decent cocoa in the store is at least $4 and makes maybe 6 mug-fulls?? Expensive!! Well, I found this recipe in Good Housekeeping and thought I'd share it with you... I tried it this morning--and it was quick, easy, and awesomely delicious (and I'm pretty picky about my cocoa). I could see making up a batch and putting it in a cute tin as a nice (and useful) Christmas neighbor/friend gift. Hmmm....

1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cup sugar
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used semisweet chocolate chips)


1. In food processor, with knife blade attached, blend cocoa, sugar, chocolate, and 1/4 tsp. salt until almost smooth. Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature up to 6 months.

2. To make cocoa: For each serving, in a microwave-safe mug, mix 3 Tbsp. Cocoa Mix with 1 cup milk. Microwave on High 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until blended and hot, stirring once.

*Top with a dollop of whipped cream on top, or marshmallows.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups of mix.
18 servings.

*Mexican Spice
Prepare Cocoa Mix recipe as above, adding 2 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper *cayenne) before blending in a processor.

*Vanilla Variation
Prepare Cocoa Mix recipe as above, adding half of a vanilla bean (pod and seeds) before blending in a processor.

A great tool for making hot cocoa...Mr. Coffee's "CocoMotion." It blend the cocoa so smoothly and makes it light and luscious. It retails for $10-$15 at places like Wal-Mart. I LOVE MINE. My brother and sister in-law got it for me 2 Christmases ago (they drew our name) and it was a great gift...packaged with mugs and cocoas.

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Mike and Wendy said...

We are big "Cocoa-Motion" fans! Got ours 2 Christmas' ago from family that drew our name as well. We also gave one to the family we drew this year! I may be using that recipe! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

Kami said...

Thanks! I have been wanting Santa to bring a h.c maker to us for Christmas. I looked at Walmart and the Cocoamotion was 20.00! I came home and looked on Craigslist and found a new stainless steel Cocoa Latte machine for $10.00!! I was so excited!!! Go Santa, and thanks for the recipe.

Cindy said...

Great idea, Sara!! I think I'll have to try this recipe out...and maybe even use it as our neighbor gifts this year!! Thanks for the idea! :o)

Marcie said...

That looks way yummy. You'll have to make it for me when I get there.