Friday, December 19, 2014

White Hot Chocolate Mix

It is a well known fact that my mother is a fantastic cook. Growing up, all my friends loved to hang out at our house because of all the great food. Of course, Christmas has always been Mom's shining moment. Between the thousands of cookies she bakes, and the candied bacon and sticky buns on Christmas morning, our family is easily the best-fed in the nation every December 25th.

One of my favorite Christmas treats growing up was white hot chocolate. Mom would make it with fresh ingredients on the stove. I, on the other hand, prefer instant gratification. I like to have cocoa mix on hand for whenever the mood strikes. Sure, regular cocoa mix is great, but sometimes you just want something a little more special, without having to make too much extra effort. So, here is my version of this amazing holiday beverage.

White Hot Chocolate Mix
(Print Recipe)

11 oz bag white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Finely chop the chocolate chips in a food processor or blender.

Add remaining ingredients and blend together.

Stir 3 tbsp of mix into 8 oz hot water. Store mix in an airtight container.

Just a few notes about the ingredients.

If you are lactose intolerant, look for goat milk powder. It is a little easier to digest. I have a very mild intolerance, so using goat milk instead of cow milk usually does the trick for me. Goat milk is slightly sour tasting. It is pretty noticeable with the white chocolate, so if you are not used to the taste, you might want to add a little extra powdered sugar.

If you really want something different, try substituting the cinnamon and nutmeg with a couple of candy canes. Grind them up with the chocolate chips and you have instant peppermint white hot chocolate mix! This makes an easy, festive gift, as well!

Merry Christmas!

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