It seems like there are a large number of recipes for hot chocolate mixes around; but I will go ahead and post mine just to add yet one more to the many choices. If you are going to give this as a gift, there are many creative ways you can package it to make it fun. You can put the mix in a large jar with cute fabric tied around the lid with ribbon or string. There are a great deal of tins to choose from this time of year that you could also use. A baggie full of the mix placed into a fabric bag that you have made also makes a nice presentation. You can present the mix on its own, or combine it with a mug or a set of mugs. Throw in a bag of marshmallows and some chocolate covered spoons just to make it even more complete. Another possibility is to purchase a cute set of mugs and matching snack plates. Add a hot chocolate mix and a brownie mix with a suggestion that the recipient throw a little chocolate party on some cold, wintry afternoon. I can just picture it now .... it is snowing outside, the wind is blowing, the kids are bored, and you call them to the kitchen with a table set with fun dishes each with their own brownie and a cup of steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows on top and a chocolate spoon for stirring. I would think that would bring some smiles to some faces around the table.
Hot Chocolate Mix
1 (25.6-oz.) pkg. instant nonfat dry milk (10-2/3 cups)
1 (6-oz.) jar powdered non-dairy creamer
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (16-oz.) can instant chocolate drink mix
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Put in a large airtight container. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months. Makes about 17 cups of mix.
To use the mix when making hot chocolate, add 3 tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of hot water. Stir to dissolve.
(Please note: This recipe makes for a very light chocolate drink. For a stronger chocolate flavor, try this recipe).
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