Cold wintry days, they're made for a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Here's how to make homemade hot chocolate mix, from scratch, the perfect quantity for conveniently serving hot chocolate for a crowd, with tips for serving outdoors. There's a home-size recipe too!
So only a crazy man would cook a buffalo. (Yes. You. Read. That. Right.) Whole. (That means 875 pounds of bison on the hoof, 419 pounds dressed and butterflied.) Outdoors. On a spit. Over open flame. And invite 200 people to the party. At a place without walls or electricity. In the middle of De.CEM.Brrr. This would be the very definition of crazy.
So only a crazy woman in charge of everything at the party except the buffalo would decide to go easy on herself and make store-bought hot chocolate – but then check the ingredient list and change her mind. Now that’s crazy.
But it turns out, it wasn’t crazy at all. It was easy! I tested several hot chocolate recipes for one I loved, then adapted the recipe to conveniently serve a crowd.
In the warmth of my kitchen, I mixed the dry Hot Chocolate Mix in bags, just the right amount of mix for adding convenient gallon-size jugs of milk and water later. This made my homemade mix just as convenient as a commercial mix – but far less sweet and without all the processed ingredients.
We heated the hot chocolate in a 30-quart stockpot from an outdoor turkey fryer like this one – it heated up fast and kept the hot chocolate hot all afternoon long. Because a turkey fryer heats liquid so quickly, it took no time at all to mix a new batch when one ran out.
And let me assure you, chocolate-y less-sweet homemade hot chocolate hits the spot on what turned out to be a cold, blustery, gray but dry! December day!
So was Homemade Hot Chocolate for a crowd crazy? Maybe. But then again, maybe falling for the commercial food companies’ processed food is crazier still. Me, I’m sticking to my homemade hot chocolate. Maybe this recipe will make it easy for others to do so too.
HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX as GIFTS Make a batch of the dry mix and distribute among glass jars or another container. Add a label that reads: "HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX For a hot cup of homemade hot chocolate, add a spoonful or two to a microwave-safe mug. Add a splash of hot water and stir well until smooth. Fill the mug with milk and stir again. Heat in the microwave about 30 seconds at a time, until hot. Stir in a splash of vanilla and a few mini marshmallows (optional). Recipe from KitchenParade.com."
HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
Time to table: 10 minutes
LARGE BATCH for a CROWD
- 4 cups sugar (800g)
- 4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (300g)
- 8 cups powdered milk (960g)
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
(makes 40 cups hot chocolate)
- 1-1/2 gallons water
- 1 gallon 2% milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla
- Mini marshmallows on the side, optional
SMALL BATCH for HOME
- 1 cup sugar (200g)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (75g)
- 2 cups powdered milk (240g)
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
(makes 10 cups hot chocolate)
- 6 cups water (1-1/2 quarts)
- 4 cups 2% milk (1 quart)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
DRY MIX Stir together the dry ingredients. Can be done ahead of time, store in plastic bags. For the large batch, if using small garbage bags, double-bagging is recommended.
TO COMBINE Place the dry mix in a large pot. Add a cup or two of hot (if possible) water and stir well until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. (Do take time to stir well at this stage.) Add the remaining water, the milk and vanilla and gently heat clear through, stirring often. Lower the heat to keep just hot. Throughout, stir the pot all the way through to the bottom so that the bottom doesn’t scorch.
TO SERVE Use a soup scoop to serve, topping each cup with a few marshmallows if desired.
MIX ONLY Per Tablespoon with Slenda/Sugar: 31/50 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 1mg Cholesterol; 76mg Sodium; 5/10g Carb; 1g Fiber; 4/9g Sugar; 3g Protein. Weight Watchers Old Points .5/1; Weight Watchers Points Plus 1
AS WRITTEN Made as written with Splenda/Sugar, per cup: 129/196 Calories; 1g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 6mg Cholesterol; 278mg Sodium; 18/38g Carb; 3g Fiber; 14/34g Sugar; 11g Protein. Weight Watchers Old Points 2/3.5; Weight Watchers Points Plus 3/5
INDIVIDUAL SERVING of HOT CHOCOLATE
- 1 – 4 tablespoons Hot Chocolate Mix
- Splash of hot water
- 1 cup milk
- Splash of vanilla
- Mini marshmallows, optional
Stir Hot Chocolate Mix and water well in a microwave-safe mug. Stir in the milk. In the microwave, heat the milk 30 seconds at a time until hot, stirring after each 30 seconds. Stir in vanilla and mini marshmallows, serve and savor.
What Do You Think, Is It Crazy to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate for a Crowd?
Help me keep it real. Let me know what you think in the comments!
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