Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Mix

If there’s one thing this season necessitates, it’s warm drinks. Whether you’re outside, just came in from being outside, or are snuggled up under the comfort of a wool blanket, a warm drink will never go wrong. And what’s more classic this time of year than hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate mix is easy to make at home, and you know what that means? Easy to make outside too. Don’t be afraid of the wind, rain and snow of the season. Take that stove and make a steaming cup of hot chocolate outside. Nothing has ever tasted better.

I recently made this recipe for Adventure Journal. I’ve always felt a little weird about powdered milk (comes from my childhood days when it was all one of my friend’s mothers would serve, and I hated the stuff), so this recipe is all about cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The base recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on how much you want to have on hand, and there are a few variations to try in the event that you’re bored with regular hot chocolate. Another pro tip: hot chocolate with a little freshly ground black pepper in it.

Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Mix

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix
Makes: enough mix for about 6 to 8 cups of hot chocolate

1 cup (6 ounces, 170 grams) bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces, 100 grams) organic cane sugar
1/2 cup (1.5 ounces, 42 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder

Spiced Hot Chocolate
1 batch hot chocolate mix + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Cinnamon and ginger make for a gently spiced hot chocolate.

Smoky Chili Hot Chocolate
1 batch hot chocolate mix + 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

With a little spiciness and a little smokiness, chipotle chili powder makes for hot chocolate with a kick. Spiciness will depend on the type of powder you use, so you may need to add a little more or less.

Mocha Hot Chocolate
1 batch hot chocolate mix + 3 teaspoons finely ground coffee

Ground coffee will give a slight coffee taste to your hot chocolate, which also helps to deepen the chocolate flavor. Note that coffee does lose its freshness over time, and if you really want a strong coffee taste, consider adding a few tablespoons of the basic hot chocolate mix to a freshly brewed cup of joe.

Coarsely chop the chocolate chips; this helps to get them melted a little faster when you pour the hot water in. Place the chopped chocolate chips in a bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients.

Stir together and once mixed, transfer to a sealable, airtight container.

Double or triple the batch depending on the length of your trip, or how many people are going to be drinking your hot chocolate.

To make hot chocolate, use about 3 to 4 tablespoons for 1 cup (8 ounces, 240 milliliters) boiling water.

Recipe originally published on Adventure Journal

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