I love hot cocoa in the winter. But those little packets at the store are loaded with dairy and god knows what else, so they just don’t work at our house. Fortunately, it couldn’t be easier to make a batch of instant hot cocoa mix to have on hand (or even to give as a gift). And the best part? It’s made with just a few ingredients, all with pronounceable names. Okay, second best part? It’s way more affordable than buying the pre-portioned packages that only come a ten to a box. You’ll need the following –
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (bonus points if it’s vanilla-infused)
- pint mason jar with two piece lid
Step 1 – Measure the sugar into the jar. It’s going to look like you perilously don’t have enough room to add the cocoa, but you do – shake the jar a bit until the sugar settles.
Step 2 – Add the cocoa to the jar, and put the lid on. Shake, shake, shake until the sugar and cocoa are combined. And that’s it! You’ve got your own cocoa mix –
To serve, mix a heaping tablespoon with two warm cups of your milk of choice (soy, almond, dairy – they all work). A good tip for making sure there aren’t any lumps is to start by mixing in just a teaspoon or two of milk at first so the cocoa forms a paste, then whisk in the rest – simple!
This small little pint jar will make a whopping 64 cups of hot cocoa! Doing a bit of loose math on how much those small amounts of sugar and cocoa costs, I figure it’s around a nickel per cup. Add in the soy milk and you’re probably around fifty cents. When was the last time you got a nice hot drink for less than a dollar in under two minutes?