This is a recipe you’re going to want every winter. Mrs. Anga from church gave it to me a couple decades ago, and no other hot chocolate has been as good since.
I used to stir the ingredients in a huge bowl, but powder went everywhere and landed on everything. I have since acquired a big Rubber maid container and mix the ingredients in it.
Here is what you’ll need:
32 oz. Nesquik chocolate milk powder (Back in the old days when I was young and got this recipe, you could buy a 32 oz. container. Can’t get those now, so you’ll have to measure. Y’all are good at math, though, so it shouldn’t be a problem. You’d never forget how many ounces are in a cup! Right?)
1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
Powdered milk to make 8 quarts (At Kroger, this is found in the baking aisle on the bottom shelf close to the jello. It can be tricky the first time you go looking for it. We don’t use powdered milk much, but just note that you’re not buying 8 quarts of the powder. Rather, the box holds enough powder to make 8 quarts of milk if reconstituted. It will be clear when you see the box.)
11 oz. coffee creamer
You can buy the store brand of each of these things to save money, except for maybe the Nesquik powder. I did mix half name brand and half off brand once, but usually I get the Nesquik. Let me know if you try it and find all off brand works just as well.
Once all the ingredients are in the container, put on the lid and shake until well mixed.
Sometimes, there will be lumps, and a quick stir with a whisk will take care of those.
To make hot chocolate, add 1/3 cup of mix to 1 cup hot water. (I like to use hot milk, because it is so creamy and calcium-y.) It tastes great either way.
Note: If you get hot water from a Keurig coffee maker, remember that the large cup is actually 1 and 1/4 cup of water. The amount of cocoa mix will have to be adjusted accordingly. You’ll need the original 1/3 cup plus 1/4 of another 1/3 cup.
This mix also works well to make an inexpensive cafe mocha. You can add 1/3 cup of the hot chocolate mix to a cup of brewed coffee. Squirt some whipped cream on top and sprinkle with a bit of cocoa or cinnamon, and it really starts to look like Starbucks!
Enjoy. Stay warm. Especially if you’ve moved off to the snowy North.
Know that I love you,