Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix


Nothing says winter comfort like a big mug of hot chocolate overflowing with tiny marshmallows. Although, sometimes hot chocolate packets can be a bit disappointing. They lack the right flavor and freshness that really makes a cup of hot chocolate.

Where’s the compromise between instant mixes and hot chocolate with flavor? In making our own supply of instant mix. Instead of heading to the baking cabinet each time we want a cup, we can premix quality ingredients (with plenty of chocolate) and have a supply ready to go at any time. No packets required.

This recipe does not include powdered milk, so instead of mixing with water, you can mix with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.

This recipe is adapted from the Smitten Kitchen, and was adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. The result is dark, chocolatey, and not very sweet. You may want to add more sugar if you like a sweeter hot chocolate, but when topped with marshmallows we think you’ll find it sweet enough. The addition of corn starch may seem odd, but it helps the mix more easily dissolve into liquid.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
By Steve Peters
Cuisine Winter
Servings
Cups
Ingredients
Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar,
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 oz dark chocolate finely chopped
Homemade Marshmallows
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar,
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
Cuisine Winter
Servings
Cups
Ingredients
Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar,
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 oz dark chocolate finely chopped
Homemade Marshmallows
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar,
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
Instructions
Hot Chocolate mix
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk or run through a food processor to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
  2. To make: For each cup of hot chocolate, heat 1 cup of your preferred milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, whisk in 3 tablespoons of the mix. When dissolved and hot, pour into a mug and serve.
  3. While homemade hot chocolate mix is practical, inexpensive and quick, homemade marshmallows take a little more time and patience. Though, unlike store bought marshmallows, which do have preservatives to help keep them tasting fresh, there’s no doubting the freshness of these.
Homemade Marshmallows -Adapted from Alton Brown
  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bow. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper, then dust with some of the cornstarch mix.
  2. Add the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer with 1/2 cup of the cold water. Let sit while you make the sugar syrup.
  3. In a saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium-high heat, cover and cook for 4 minutes. Uncover, and continue cooking until the mixture reaches 240°F, about 8 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat.
  4. Turn the mixer on low speed with the whisking attachment. While running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture then increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes thick and white and the bowl is lukewarm, about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute.
  5. Spread the marshmallow onto the sheet pan with the help of a silicone spatula. It will be sticky, but do your best. Spread into an even layer then sprinkle with more of the cornstarch and sugar mix. Let sit at least four hours or up to overnight. Afterwards, transfer the sheet of marshmallow to a cutting board sprinkled with more of the cornstarch mix. Slice into your desired size. Makes about 1 ½ pounds of marshmallows. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.
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