Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hot Chocolate and Brownies

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).


Sheila said...

I have never made my own hot chocolate mix; this sounds great. I am getting ideas together for gift baskets and this will fit well.

Jennie and Julie said...

Thank you Monica for helping me with my title picture. Julie said that she knew how to do it, but didn't know how to format the size correctly. By using what you told me, it took it automatically and made the right size...so much easier that trying to spend time figuring out what didn't need to be figured out! We are working on things as we go, which is how most bloggers start I suppose. Thanks also for your great hints on brownies and hot chocolate as gifts. It's nice to have recipes as well as ideas on how to present them. Isn't this fun??