KITCHEN NOTES: nineteen (hot cocoa mix)

this is the nineteenth installment of kitchen notes. post-it wisdom from my kitchen. a way to remind myself of the important things.

i definitely wasn’t prepared for the weather today. it was about 11 degrees in boston today. brrr. i had to walk to a neighboring college campus, and the wind was biting. no fun.

i drank my record amount of tea throughout the day to keep warm–three cups! i usually don’t drink that much tea, but i needed it.

i also went out to dinner with an old student of mine, s. we went to the same crepe place that j and i went to. it was s’s first time going there, and s really enjoyed it. s also told me some exciting personal news, which made for a wonderful evening over crepes and spanish coffee.

when i got home, i knew i wanted to curl up with something warm to drink. i have a few busy days ahead, so this would be the last night for me to get some relaxing in.

hot cocoa is one of my favorite beverages–up there with water, coffee, and tea. oh, and smoothies. i guess i like a lot of beverages.


this was my first time making hot cocoa mix from scratch.

this. is. delicious.
i made a spicy hot cocoa mix, because i like my cocoa with a bit of a kick. if you omit the cinnamon and spicy chocolate, this would be a pretty darn decadent cup of cocoa.

spicy hot cocoa mix
printable recipe – inspired by alton brown

yield about 5 cups of dry cocoa mix

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder (i used ghirardelli)
2 1/2 cups dry powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (use the fancy stuff, if you have it!)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup spicy chocolate, chopped (i used this)*

*you can also just use a full cup of dark chocolate chips, if you don’t want to use the spicy chocolate.

whisk all the ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated.

to make a cup of hot cocoa, use 1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix with water. i like water, because i found that this was pretty decadent. this would also work with milk, but be prepared for something super rich.


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